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My small terrier is having these spates of breathing out hard

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My small terrier is having these spates of breathing out hard through her nose and snorting, three or four times a day days now, should I be worried?
Dr. Joey :

I am Dr. Joey. Thanks me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 15 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.

Dr. Joey :

Are you familiar with what a reverse sneeze is? Is this the type of heave snort-sneeze Lily is doing.

If you are not familiar with what this may be here are some videos to review:

Dr. Joey :

My top suspicion is that this may be reverse sneeze episodes. They are not a critical emergency, but do indicate there is irritation in the back of the throat where the oral cavity meets the nasal cavity. Sometimes it can be a post nasal drip problem, or there could be a foreign object trapped (such as a leaf or blade of grass or something else) or an infection or even just due to allergies.

Dr. Joey :

Please let me know your questions.

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Thank you. ***** get her checked out?

Dr. Joey :

If this is a sudden onset of the short/sneeze (reverse sneeze) or even just heavy snorting then I do recommend an exam. At a minimum your vet may recommend treat this as if it is a bacterial infection (such as infectious tracheobronchitis) or may want to perform sedation to view the back of her throat.

Dr. Joey :

In the meantime an antihistamine can sometimes provide some relief temporarily if this is due to allergies, such as diphenhydramine (the dose is 1 mg per pound every 12 hours) which you can buy over-the-counter.

Dr. Joey :

Please keep me posted. I am always happy to questions. You can reply to this question at any time to submit . My goal is to provide you with excellent service today. If there’s anything else I can do, let me know – it’s been a pleasure working with you and I hope to assist you again soon!

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