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My 10 year old cairn terrier has had 4 severe throat spasms

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My 10 year old cairn terrier has had 4 severe throat spasms today. At least I think this is it, He gets extremely agitated and we hold him and rub his throat and he gradually calms down. May take 5-10 minutes to get him calmed down. I don't think he is having a seizure but not sure. For years he has had short throat spasms, but nothing ever this bad.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Christian K. replied 2 years ago.


This is Dr. Christian. I'd like to help. Does Tank breathe normally between spasms? Is he acting normal otherwise? Does he have any other medical conditions or take any medications? How much does she need?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
After each episode he breaths fine. Seems tired and wants to be close to someone, but otherwise OK. Also, does eat his food at feeding time.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Tank is 25 pounds and does not take any medication.
Expert:  Christian K. replied 2 years ago.

It sounds like he suffers from reverse sneeze and it has worsened recently. Reverse sneezing is not a dangerous condition and is very common but it can worsen in some cases with allergies or infection. It is actually a spasm in the back of the throat. Keeping him as calm as possible during an episode will help. You can try giving 25mg of benadryl every 8-12 hours. It may cause him to be a little sleepy but can be given long term without problems. If that doesn't work then have him seen by a veterinarian. A humdifier where he sleeps might help a little. If you have more questions reply back.