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How do you tell the difference??

Couple days ago Butchie seemed almost like he was trying to cough something up. I called a vet in a panic (mine is out of town so I called the only other one in town) and she didn't seem worried!! I was freaking out enough for both of us I guess. She said as long as he was trying to cough and still able to breathe to just keep an eye on him.

I scooped him up and headed to the next nearest vet about 45 minutes away. On the way there he stopped and seemed fine so I turned around. But it was 30 minutes of terror for me.

So, how do I know which it was? Should I have taken him in anyway?? Should I still take him? Could something be wrong??
 

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It lasted for 30 minutes? I've never experienced that! With Beau, he gets episodes that last maybe all of 30 seconds, if that. I would definitely keep a close eye on your pup and see if he seems to be able to eat/drink/poop okay, and acts normal otherwise.

Sorry, I don't really know what else to tell you. Hopefully someone else can be more helpful.
 

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I know chis are also prone to tracheal collapse (sp?)...I don't really know much about it, just that it resembles the sound of reverse sneezing. I know there have been other posts about it, so I'm sure someone else may be able to help more. Stewie has fits like that sometimes too, but never for 30 minutes...just a few seconds to a minute like jangles said.
 

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A reverse sneeze would be like sucking air in and they usually have their heads held in a downward position. It can usually be stopped by making the dog swallow. It can either be done by rubing their throat or putting a few drops of water in their mouth.

Coughing would be more like choking and their heads are usually held in more of a straight out position and would resemble looking like they are trying to throw up.

I agree though, either one going on continuously for 30 minutes doesn't sound good at all. I would have gone to the vet!
 

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I knew I should have taken him anyway. My vet is back on Monday. Should I take him in then? Just wondering if what was wrong will still be evident all this time later?

This is terrible, but for the life of me I can't remember how he was holding his head..... For some reason I was thinking he had it up and as he was coughing or whatever he pulled it down really quick. I wish I'd stayed more calm instead of panicking like I did.

How pathetic am I? I've done CPR on my own child, walked people through CPR, handled deputies on radios screaming for help, but when my little chi makes a weird noise I panic. Sigh...
 

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reverse sneezing is usually short lived, usually an episode will last no longer than 5 minutes...
in agrivated cases (dust ect) you might have an episode then a break for a few minutes then start again...
but its definatly not normal for any single bout to last longer than 5 minutes...
if he hasnt done it since id give you call a vet on monday, explain that you took him to another vet and they didnt seem worried but you are because of the length of time the episode lasted...
it would be best to have his trechea checked just in case. otherwise watch him closely for any other sighns of blockage.
it could have been a simple sneezing fit brough on by getting into something dusty, it could have been a peice of kibble or something else stuck in the airway and all the coughing dislodged it and now its fine...but id have his throat checked as a just in case!

good luck...its scary when things happen to our babies!
 

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You're not kidding. It was very scary.

He hasn't done it since. But, I'm wondering if it was dust or something. We'd been keeping them in our bedroom with us, but it's a good sized room and they seemed really nervous with all the activity. Everytime we opened the bathroom door they'd run in and snuggle up on the bathmat. We finally gave in and put their bed in there and they've been so happy. But, we've been doing work in the bathroom too. Maybe the dust from the work caused it?? If that's the problem I can section off a small part of the bedroom or sitting room to make them more comfy in a small area that's done being worked on.

Either way, I'll have hubby call the vet and get him in for a check up.
 

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Is reverse sneezing fairly common, and is it something to be concerned with?

I noticed Rebel tends to have bouts that sound like reverse sneezing. Also my sister in law has a Pug that does it too.
I'm not really sure if what he does is in fact called reverse sneezing. Best way I can describe it, is he's trying to inhale through his nose, but gets a strenuous snort instead. His neck muscles look flexed as well. That continues for about 5 seconds.

When I took him to get neutered, I asked if I could bring him in from the car while I do the paper work.. the nurse asked if he had any odd symptoms after which I described the above to her. She didn't seem to want him in the "visitor" area where he would be exposed to the other dogs. I wasn't sure what to make of that.

edit: I just got done reading the thread here and it put my mind at ease. =) Yeah the nurse did mention kennel cough.. makes sense now.
 

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Ok, he did it again last night, but only a couple little snorts and he stopped. He starts with his head down and looks like he's trying to inhale deeply through his nose. He was in bed with us playing with Bell when he started it. Both hubby and I jumped up and reached for him at the same time. Geez.

We've raised 5 kids, 2 of them to adulthood so far, the others are teens. We've been through nearly losing 4 of the 5 for various reason like pre-term labor, RSV, and one suffocated at 3 months old. You'd think a little reverse sneeze wouldn't be anything to us, but we panic like they are dying. I have to keep reminding myself that they may be smarter than we are so we can't let our guard down and spoil them too much. I have a feeling they know exactly how to play right into our hands to get anything they want!!
 

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OMG This is scary. Gizmo did this five times last night while playing on my bed. The first time it seem to go on forever,I was rubbing his neck, plugging his nose (I seen his mommy Vixie do this and watched Foxywench plug her nose) it wouldn't stop. It got so bad that his little eyes were slowly closing and he fell over. The look on his little face was like help me mommy, I was in tears. My daughter ran down and got some water, I put some in his mouth and he seemed fine after that..mind you he just laid there for a minute but was run and playing again soon after.. five friggin times last night. I was so worried all night I didn't get much sleep while he took over my entire pillow stretched out snoozing lol..
 

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Dolly tends to cough after she drinks water and also after she eats sometimes. It always startles me, but she does it EVERY time. However, she also had kennel cough this summer...which is very similar sounding, but was much more frequent. Also, we could trace it to beginning 10 days after a trip to Petsmart. AND, my other two dogs caught it.

It really freaked me out to deal with Dolly's cough (I know just what you mean, mrs1885, these little dogs just worry us so much), but after consulting my vet, we just let it run its course. In a week she was 100 percent better (no meds even). You can try antibiotics, but it's not always necessary. My vet knew that Dolly was in great shape health-wise, on good food, and watched carefully.

I asked about getting her vaccinated, and while my vet said that would be a good idea if I often boarded her, it really isn't that effective for a dog that leads Dolly's life. So, now I just know she might get it again and it won't freak me out so much. Mostly, it's annoying and worrisome.

All this to say, it sounds like it could be kennel cough. If it is, the good news is, it goes away! :)
 
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