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I have a 14 year old mini schnauzer mix. When she wakes up in the morning it is like she is coughing or having spasms in her breathing. Afterwards, she wheezes for a bit. This lasts only for a few minutes and is scary for us while she acts as if nothing has happened. She has not been around any other dogs except our other, younger, dog who is fine. Any thoughts?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?

Thank you. BonBon is 14.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about BonBon?

Not that I can think of. Only that this has only been in the last week

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I am sorry to hear you are concerned about BonBon. This morning coughing/wheezing could be a sign of a few different things.

She may have allergies that cause overnight congestion. She may have developed some polyps in her nose or throat.

Another concern in an older dog is fluid in her lungs, from heart disease. If so, this would get progressively worse unless she is diagnosed and treated.

Since she is 14, I would have her examined and listened to with a stethoscope. A chest Xray would be recommended if she has a heart murmur, or fluid is heard in her lungs.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

The next time this happens, lift her lip to check her gums to see if they are a normal pink color or if they look pale.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
if they do look pink or pale... what does that mean?
Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Pink is normal; check them now to see what normal looks like. If during an episode her gums look more pale than they do normally, then she may have a serious problem that should be checked out. If during an episode her gums are the same pink as they are now, this may not be so serious.

Are you familiar with "reverse sneezing" in dogs? That is another possibility.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Reverse sneezing sounds dreadful and is really not serious at all. Dogs do this to clear their noses, from allergies or dryness. The noise is made when they suck air in, as opposed to coughing when the noise is made when they exhale.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

You can find many videos of reverse sneezing dogs online and on You Tube to see if that is what she is doing.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Are you still there?

Please let me know if this is helpful and if you have other questions.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

How is BonBon doing?

I did not hear back from you. Was this helpful? Please let me know if you have other questions.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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