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My Daschund is reverse sneezing and gagging I have had her

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My Daschund is reverse sneezing and gagging I have had her crated all over and she had had blood tests. I think it has something to do with her epiglottis
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My Daschund of 8 years female is reverse sneezing and gagging like she want to throw up. I have had her x rayed head chect stomach. I think it's her epiglottis. She seems to be moving her tongue around when she gags. She has been blood tested and all this has been done by Affiliated Veteternary Services in Orlando she is healthy except for this problem. It started about 4 months ago and got worse
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorrry to hear of this with Rosie. Reverse sneezing can be a normal occurrence in many dogs but can also be associated with any nasal or nasopharyngeal disease. A normal physical examination isn't unusual but I might just as well find nasal/nasopharyngeal inflammation and bacterial infection of various origins, a foreign body, or abscess as well as nasal/nasopharyngeal tumor, fungal infection, or nasal mites. When reverse sneezing occurs frequently (daily or several times a day) and /or is accompanied by other clinical signs, a nasal or nasopharyngeal disease should be suspected:

Tumor or polyp


Foreign body

Chronic lymphoplasmacytic rhinitis or sinusititis


Nasal mites

Mycotic (fungal) infection

Please note than an anatomical abnormality such as with her epiglottis isn't expected to cause reverse sneezing as often as causing gagging, coughing, and snoring as you've mentioned above. Hopefully, Affiliated Veterinary Services has performed direct rhinoscopy (scoping of Rosie's nose) and reviewed the results of bacterial culture and and cytologic (examination of the cells in her upper respiratory tract) and histopathologic evaluation (biopsies) of nasal samples (for primary nasal disease) and performed retrograde rhinosocopy (for nasopharyngeal diseases). In some cases computed tomograph (CT) or MRI is necessary to identify the presence of neoplasia (cancer) or fungal infection.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Rosie. How is everything going?
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