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My small dog this evening has symptoms like as if something

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Hi my small dog this evening has symptoms like as if something or say water has gone down the wrong hole like we have some times...any advice please thanks Gail

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** will do my best to help you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Is he hacking/gagging?

2- How old is he?

3- Breed?

4- Any pre existing medical conditions?

5- Did he get into anything?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He is not gagging or hacking
He is around 18 months old. Not sure as he is a rescue dog from Romania
Mixed breed
No prescription existing conditions
Not that I am aware. Started after he gulped some water.

1- Is he coughing?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not now...he was just gulping
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He seems to have settled for now so not so much

Gail, I am sorry, but, I am a bit confuse about what he was doing. Can you elaborate on what happened?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
After taking some water he settled for the night after about 15 minutes he started to continuously swallow action as if he was trying to get air.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Or drying to clear his throat

1- Was there like a noise coming from his throat/nose?

2- Is he better now?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He had noise from his through as he was continuously swallowing.
He has settled a little
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry throat

Gail, can you follow the link below and see if what you saw was similar to this:

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No not the same . He just continues to swallow ......he has settled now. I thought he had something stuck in his throat but cannot see anything.

Gail, I believe what you are describing is a reverse sneeze, not all dogs show in the same manner. But, it appears as if trying to swallow air. A reverse sneeze is very similar to a regular sneeze but the air is coming in instead of out. Could there be other causes? Yes, it could have been debris in his upper airway, gagging secondary to an upper respiratory infection, etc. I would keep an eye on him for tonight. If this continues to happen the next would be a hands-on examination with your family veterinarian.

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Dr. Peter

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your help

You're welcome. :)