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my dog keeps huffing and puffing kinda like she is trying ...

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my dog keeps huffing and puffing kinda like she is trying to cough up something or she has stuffed nose.. It makes me think she cant breath or something.. please if you can help me with this.

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Age: 5; Female; Breed: mini pin

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nothing i dont know what it is.. never happened befor

Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.
Is she standing there breathing in and out rapidly, honking?
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
sorta, kinda like she is coughing something up, in and out in and out
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

The heaving could be a reverse sneeze if it looks like sides are going in and out and she's honking.

Reverse sneezes have the same cause as a regular sneeze but are much more dramatic!

You should look around the home for allergens and eliminate them if you can. Carpet powders, cleaners and pollen are pretty mean culprits.

I found an informative article that might explain it for you better than I can:

Paroxysmal Respiration or "The Reverse Sneeze"

I have found evidence that the massage technique mentioned above works well as does forcing the dog to swallow.

Let me know if you still have questions.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: this just happened after we went for a walk... I am scared she is going to stop breathing or something... and she keeps running to me and sittin down like she is scared..
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
i read the website, but its been about 10min and its not going away.. It says is supposed to be a few min i dont know
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.
If it's lasting this long, you really need to go ahead and give your vet a call just in case she has an airway obstruction. She may need emergency care. A reverse sneeze should stop within a couple of minutes.
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