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My miniature pinscher is breathing weird and has been throwing

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My miniature pinscher is breathing weird and has been trying to throw up for the past few hours. I massaged his neck a little and he started to do the same thing. He will throw up a little in his mouth and then suck it back in. His breaths are very short with a little weezing. He is extending is neck weirdly and looks very uncomfortable. Has anyone seen this before.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Donna P. replied 8 years ago.


By the description you gave this sounds like it could be reverse sneezing. Click on this link to see videos of other dogs reverse sneezing to see if you think this could be what is going on.

If this looks like what your dog is doing, it is no usually much to worry about. It can be associated with any irritation of the pharynx. Often allergies play a role. Benadryl is often recommended at 1mg per pound of body weight.

If what your dog is doing doesn't look like reverse sneezing or if you have additional questions just reply.

Donna P.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
That's not what it looks like. He has irridic breathing and is acting like he has something caught in his throat. He keeps throwing up a little and then sucking it back in. He has the chills and acts like he doesn't want us to touch him.
Expert:  Donna P. replied 8 years ago.

Hello again,

Another possibility that doesn't happen much in smaller dogs is canine bloat. The symptoms for this are retching and trying to vomit with nothing coming up. Their stomach will appear distended. They may drool, breathe rapidly, and appear to be in pain. Although this is not common in smaller breeds it can happen and if you think this may be what is going on with your dog you need to get him to the vet immediately as it can be very serious. Here is a link to more information.

If these symptoms don't fit what you are seeing, just reply and we will get back to you with other possibilities.

Donna P.

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