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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog's breathing sounds gurgly (nasal)...could this be a

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Hi ***** *****. My dog's breathing sounds gurgly (nasal)...could this be a cold or allergy?
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Seems as if it's only when he's at rest, and just sounds like a gurgly snore Only started yesterday
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Primary nasal infections in dogs aren't common. If infection is identified inside the nose it's usually found secondary to immune-mediated disease such as lymphoplasmacytic rhinitis, a polyp or tumor, or foreign body such as a foxtail (plant awn). Dogs don't suffer from cold viruses but can contract infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough) which occasionally infects the nose as well as the trachea and bronchi. Fungal infections can be found inside the nose but aren't common. An allergic rhinitis is certainly possible and would be supported by the finding of an allergic conjunctivitis and sneezing.

The above differential diagnoses would look similar to an owner. A careful physical exam by your dog's vet should clarify what his gurgly snore (a type of stertor) represents. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish. I'm currently attending a continuing education seminar but promise to reply as soon as I return if need be.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
There is no coughing involved. Some sneezing.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It seems like there might be post nasal drip that causes him to sort of breath in/snort and gag or cough. But this has only happened once or twice.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

A post nasal drip is consistent with sinusitis and/or rhinitis but doesn't clarify why those areas are inflamed. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Otherwise his behaviors and appetite are normal.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

That's good to hear but, once again, doesn't clarify the etiology of his noises.

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