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Question on my dog

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by Patri, Oct 13, 2017 at 7:58 AM.

  1. Patri

    Patri Tug Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

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    I adopted a black lab mix from the shelter about two weeks ago. So far so good, except for one weird thing. I crate her at night. In the morning she makes a funny huffing sound. Her mouth is closed, but it is like her nose is plugged or she is trying to clear her throat. It asts a short time, and then she is fine.
    She may do it during the day, but it is pronounced in the morning.
    She had the usual vet care at the shelter, and I took her to a vet a few days after I got her. She is six. Any idea what this could be?
    (If it was a person, I would say it is an allergic reaction to something causing labored breathing.)
     
  2. Gracey

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    Maybe it's sinus drainage? Probably a visit to the vet is best so you can tell him/her these symptoms.
     
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    There's a thing called a reverse sneeze. It may be what you are describing. Sometimes, dogs do that to remove irritants in their nasal passage or in their throat. When I took one of my dogs in for it, I was told she was doing it because she was too excited.

    At any rate, I'd have a vet check it out. Do your best to imitate the sound for the vet and be very specific about when it happens.
     
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    Better yet: google "reverse sneeze dog you tube video" and look at a few videos. If that's exactly what your dog is doing, no need to go to the vet if she's not sick.

    If the videos you watch are different from what your dog does, then take a video of what she does & take that in to your vet appt with you.
     
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    I third the reverse sneeze. It's pretty scary the first time you see it. Let us know what you find out. And congrats on the new rescue. We adopted a 7 year old lab mix in June. Our new girl is awesome. I still can't believe that someone said that they didn't want her anymore. (She was an owner relinquishment).
     
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    I agree with Heathpack, but take a video of it even if you think it is reverse sneezing. Then you can show it to your vet at your dog's next checkup. We ask a lot of questions at our dog's checkups!
     
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    Our dog does the same thing. A snorting type of noise, right? As others have said, it's a reverse sneeze. Relax.
     
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    I continue to be amazed about the things I learn on Tug! Thanks for all the replies and great suggestions.


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    +1 for this. Tuggers helping Tuggers ... what a great community!
     
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    Explore.org has two Lab puppy cams going right now -- the one litter is a month old, the other looks to be a couple weeks old. They are all so sweet!
     
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    Sometimes our Corgi Andrew (now in Doggy Heaven) would start this and then have a hard time stopping. I was taught by his Breeder to wrap my finger over the front of his nostrils to help him stop.
     
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    Definitely listen to @heathpack , perhaps the most qualified person in this thread to answer your question.
     
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    Thank you, thank you everyone. Yes, that is it! I found several videos with vets commenting, and dogs sounding just like mine. What a relief. But still, how wacky. I will try one of the tips for stopping it. If it doesn't work, no big deal. Shadow is healthy in every other way, so I will quit worrying.
     
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    And here I thought only snub-nosed dogs like Shih Tzus, boxers, and bulldogs had reverse sneezes! Interesting!
    Our former Boston Terrier and four of our Shih Tzus over the years have had reverse sneezes. However, not too long ago, one of our current Shih Tzus (pictured left) began doing something close to a reverse sneeze, yet somehow different. Had I not seen so many reverse sneezes with my flat nosed dogs over the years, I might not have picked up on it. This seems less throaty, even more nasal, more breathless, and at times there is mucous from the nose and/or mouth. I video taped a couple of episodes for our vet. She and the specialty vet watched it and were concerned. They feared a tumor. The specialty vet did a CT scan but no tumor. The only thing he could come up with was that the root of a tooth was very close to umm..the nasal passage possibly? I can't remember exactly. Recently my pup had to have dental surgery with a specialty dentist and they removed the tooth and root while doing other work. By then the "episodes" had become far apart and short-lived. Now, after removal, they are actually more frequent! This time often right after she drinks more water than usual. While we still don't have a diagnosis, I would be careful when assuming it's only a "reverse sneeze."
     
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    Lol. Just this morning i googled "why does my dog honk" and got the reverse sneeze answer. I sould have come to tug first! I've been worried about my puppy but once I saw the YouTube video i knew everything was ok.
     
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    My daughter ‘s Pug does this too
     

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