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my dog is acting like he has something stuck in his throat.

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my dog is acting like he has something stuck in his throat. His a Cairn, is breathing alright . He just meves his head like something is stuck. I gave him alittle bread to see if that would help. any ideas.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  B. Shap replied 11 years ago.
Does he sound like he's choking? Is his head moving in a jerking motion to one side?

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Barbara's Post: no. he just extends his head forward like he is trying to swallow something
Expert:  B. Shap replied 11 years ago.
A neck stretching condition "Reverse sneezing" might be the cause of
his symptoms. Reverse sneezing is common in dogs. Episodes can
last for a minute or
two as the dog’s eyes bulge, his neck stretches and he spreads his
elbows apart. You can stop an attack by massaging the dog’s throat or
briefly pinching off his nose to make him swallow. In extreme cases,
medication can reduce the number of episodes.

knows exactly why the episodes occur, but they may be related to
allergies, nasal irritants or nasal inflammation. Attacks don’t last
long and are not life-threatening.

Here's what you can do if there is something caught in his throat. Please be careful
and don’t get bitten. If you see something caught in his throat, you can
gently try to remove it. Again be careful.

This page explains a condition which is more serious and involves the inner ear as well -

If this behavior continues or worsens seek veterinary care asap.


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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Relist: I still need help.
he is resting now .but he is not acting like himself. My husband has a tendancy to over react. It seems like the more attention he pays to him the more he does this. he is breathing alright, but everytime we let him out my husband says he eats grass.
Expert:  B. Shap replied 11 years ago.
Since "he is not acting like himself" and the extending of his
neck earlier suggest that, although you say your hubby over-reacts, it
is better to be safe and ease both of your minds...and hopefully, your
pup's condition.

Take him for a check up tomorrow. Best wishes, Barbara