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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:47 AM

 

My dog just started wheezing through his nose about 2 hours ago.

He sucks in air through his nose like it's clogged. One of his eyes is a bit droopy. He does it about five times and then stops. He has had about five episodes.

There is a new dog here with him, and I hope he did not catch something. He is overdue about two months for his kennel cough...

What do you think it is?

I gave him some food and cold water, then sat in the bathroom with him with the hot shower so it steamed up the bathroom.

I am so worried.

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Reply My dog just started wheezing through his nose about 2 hours ago. (Original post)
Safetykitten Nov 2012 OP
glinda Nov 2012 #1
MadamYes Nov 2012 #2
grntuscarora Nov 2012 #3
Stinky The Clown Nov 2012 #4
Curmudgeoness Nov 2012 #5
Safetykitten Nov 2012 #6
livetohike Nov 2012 #7
Stinky The Clown Nov 2012 #8
TorchTheWitch Nov 2012 #9

Response to Safetykitten (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:04 AM

1. Vet time.

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Response to Safetykitten (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:59 AM

2. Clearing Dog's Nose

I have a Basset Hound and I use "Huggie Wipes (Simply Clean)" after each walk to remove dirt, etc. There are times where he will wake up and start wheezing. Here's what I do:
Get a Huggie Wipe or a Paper Towel. Fold it once. Take the corner and with your index finger on top, gently insert it into the dogs nostril about 1/4 inch. Press down gently and push the paper towel towards the outer nostril slit. Also look directly into the nose. You might find some hair, grass or whatever that could be irritating your dog. Then just take your dog outside for a few minutes of fresh air. That's always worked for me.
Basset Hounds are big sniffers. You wouldn't believe all the crap that I remove from his nose each time.
Good Luck !

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Response to Safetykitten (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:24 AM

3. Maybe it's "reverse sneezing"?

One of my beagles has this condition, and one source I read said some dogs develop it as they age. It threw me for a loop the first time I witnessed an episode---very scary. But not, it turned out, a dangerous condition:

http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_ReverseSneezing.html

I'd get your pal checked out by the vet, but I sure hope it's something harmless like reverse sneezing. Good luck to you and your pup.

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Response to Safetykitten (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:01 AM

4. Is the dog a brachycephalic breed?

Here is a link with a definition/description of the term:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_brachycephalic.html

Respiratory "distress" is common in such breeds. Our Shih-tsu has "honking" episodes that scared us at first.

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Response to Safetykitten (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:34 PM

5. This obviously is not common in this dog

and you mention that his eyes don't look right either. I wouldn't take any chances, or try home remedies at this point. Get the dog to a vet to make sure it isn't something serious or easy to treat but can do permanent damage if it is not treated.

This may be nothing to worry about, but I wouldn't take any chances. At least, if it continues or gets worse, don't ignore it.

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Response to Safetykitten (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:55 PM

6. Thank you for all the replies. I took him to the vet this morning at 9.

 

The vet said that it was a respiratory infection, and put him on an antibiotics, gave him a steroid shot, eye cream and a cough pills.

He seems to be doing much better this evening, and the wheezing has stopped.

I just get so worried about him. He is the center of my universe.

Thanks again everyone.

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Response to Safetykitten (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:45 PM

7. Thanks for the update. I just read the original post

and I was going to ask if you had foxtails in your area. Hope your doggie gets back to his normal self asap .

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Response to Safetykitten (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:47 PM

8. "I just get so worried about him. He is the center of my universe."

Believe me, *everyone* here empathizes with that sentiment.

I'm glad your fur guy is doing better.

Have you posted his picture in our gallery thread? Its pinned to the top of this group.

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:59 PM

9. sooo true!

We all love our fur babies like crazy. They're part of our families. I can totally relate to anyone feeling their pet is the center of their universe since I always feel that way about my own.


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