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my dog is making strange noises through his nose like something

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my dog is making strange noises through his nose like something is stuck in it or his throat. He does not seem to be in pain and can swallow and is consious. it is like he is forcing air out of nose
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Joan replied 8 years ago.


I believe you are hearing a reverse sneeze. if you gently rub the throat, it should subside.

Please try this and let me know if it helps. It sounds like choking and is very scary.

A reverse sneeze takes place when a dog gets an irritaiton, (possible from allergies) and starts to inhale through the nose to make a gagging type sound. This is actually a 'pharyngeal gag reflex'. It is called a reverse sneeze, because it sounds like the dog is pulling air in through its nose, rather than sneezing the air outward. It is scary,but harmless. It will usually subside if the though is gently rubbed during the episode. I am giving you a site to read about the Reverse Sneeze. Joan


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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I am rubbing his throat and it is not helping. This is not consistant it comes and goes every few minutes
Expert:  Joan replied 8 years ago.


The throat rubbing may or may not help. This may be a gag reflex issue and have to resolve itself on its own. This may be due to an allergic reaction. I would let him calm down and as long as he is not having any difficulty breathing and seems okay, I would follow up with the Vet on Monday. Joan