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Old 03-11-2010, 08:31 AM
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Can our pups be allergic to the outdoors? Don't laugh...I'm serious.

I took Peanut outside for a little walk yesterday, as I'm still trying to get him used to walking on a leash. We were only outside maybe a total of 15 minutes, if that long. Within the first couple of minutes he started the snorting/reverse sneezing. Then he kept doing this for a couple of hours after we came back inside. I noticed he did the same the the other 2-3 times I took him outside before. Just wondering if it's because he isn't used to going out, or if it's possible for him to be allergic to something outside.
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:40 PM
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It's probably not environmental allergies that young. Normally speaking dogs have to go through a full cycle of seasons before showing allergies. So you see dogs starting to display seasonal allergies at more than a year old.

He is probably just not used to being outside and in his sniffing around is sniffing stuff up his nose. I know a lot of tracking dogs that did this when they were young, like beagles.

When my dogs get stuck reverse sneezing I gently hold their muzzle and blow a puff of air into their nose. A puff, not a breath or a stream of air. That can sometimes dislodge whatever is up there and bothering them.
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Did you have him on a collar while you were walking him?

Collapsing trachea is a problem in the breed. Always walk Chi's on a harness. Their tracheas are very, very soft and sometimes the least amount of pressure on their neck will set off an attack like you describe.
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if it is seasonal allergies, try some local RAW honey. Local raw honey has very small percentage of pollen from local plants that when introduced to the body builds up the immune system. So next time he comes in contact with high pollen season, his system is prepared. I eat it myself and I have noticed that I am less allergic than before.
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Did you have him on a collar while you were walking him?

Collapsing trachea is a problem in the breed. Always walk Chi's on a harness. Their tracheas are very, very soft and sometimes the least amount of pressure on their neck will set off an attack like you describe.
No, I use the harness.
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It could be seasonal allergies or something else. My grandmother has a Yorkshire terrier who is allergic to grass, no joke. She has to keep her potty time on the grass outside very short and wipe down her paws with a wet wipe every time she comes back in from being outside.
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