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Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about Romeo! Did your vet mention or discuss a reverse sneeze as possible cause of these episodes? Sometimes this condition can sound like a period of ragged breathing...
Here is one example of this condition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXDledRQ7y4. It can vary a little in different dogs...
Ok. As I said, the condition can really vary from dog to dog- some dogs lasting only a few seconds and being very mild, others lasting for minutes and being much more severe.
What I would recommend would be making a video of the next incident if you are able to (if you have a smart phone you can usually do this pretty easily) and then show the video to your vet. It will give them alot more info to work with!!!
There wasn't any coughing going on? Another thing we worry about in little dogs like this is collapsing trachea which can cause short episodes of funny sounding coughing.