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My dog starts to breathe with difficulty at times, like he

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My dog starts to breathe with difficulty at times, like he can't breathe properly and then it goes away after 30 secs, it's really painful to see him like that, I don't know what to do.
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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I'm going to conjecture that your dog is reverse sneezing. Please take a look at this video and tell me if this is what your dog is doing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3L4v0W2_Sw

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
he's an 8 year old chihuahua, but he gets it more severe than that. What should I do?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Thank you. His vet will need to clarify why reverse sneezing is occurring and then treat accordingly. There are quite a few differential diagnoses for these dogs...

nasal/nasopharyngeal inflammation and bacterial infection or tumor

foreign body

abscess, cyst, mycotic (fungal) infection

nasal mites

chronic lymphoplasmacytic rhinitis, sinusitis

Direct visualization of your dog's oropharynx (back of his throat) and scoping of the hidden areas of his upper respiratory tract are often needed. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
thank you! I hope its nothing serious.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

You're quite welcome. I do too. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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