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lhasa apso sounds like he is choking

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my lhasa apso has been acting and sounding like he is choking which he always seems to do for the last few years but today he is also running around almost crazed and picking up anything off of the floor or ground and eating it wildly. after which he starts huffing and snorting again. he did this this afternoon then calmed down and now he is doing it again, what can i do for him?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

Does the episode you are seeing look or sound like this - CLICK HERE

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
yes the video you sent sounds like him. he has maybe an episode when he gets real excited but not often, but last night it was a different thing with the running around trying to eat anything in sight. other that that it isnt an everyday occurance.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.

Regarding the noise you are describing / seeing -If it looks similar to the video above - it is likely what is called a "Reverse Sneeze" (LINK HERE).

Regarding the reverse sneeze - in a VAST majority of cases, this is thought to be cause by inflammation or irritation of the pharynx (back of the mouth). Are other causes possible, yes - but this is consistent with a reverse sneeze.

Often in these cases we consider treatments such as short courses of steroids (Prednisone - LINK HERE) or antihistamines such as Benadryl (LINK HERE). (when opening the link, close the pop-up to read about the medications listed)

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