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My yorkie has had two episodes of "ragged" breathing with no

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My yorkie has had two episodes of "ragged" breathing with no apparent cause. He's perfectly fine before and after. Most recently my wife said he was pushing on her with his front feet intermittently as if he was in pain. TThe sound he makes is not loud or big. We took him to the after hours clinic last time and they couldn't determine anything.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

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...

Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

Here is one example of this condition: It can vary a little in different dogs...

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No they didn't. My wife watched the video and said the noise wasn't nearly that loud or rough. She also said his head was tucked during both episodes, each lasting less than a minute. Last time, he seemed disoriented afterwards for about 30-45 mins, but this time he bounced back to normal right away.Several months ago, he had a seizure. I think she assumed this was another.
Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

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.