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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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My pug keeps making a horrible noise, as if he was clearing

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Hi there,My pug keeps making a horrible noise, as if he was clearing his throat but can't quite do it. He doesn't seem in distress and he can still breathe well but the noise is worrying. He is also trying to hitch his eyes all the time, could he be suffering from hayfever? And if so is there anything I can do?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I have uploaded a file of the noise is making
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Thank you for the file. Give me a moment to listen to it, please...

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

It appears to be an exhalatory noise - a muffled cough. Can you confirm that it's exhalatory and not inhalatory for me, please? Can you clarify "...trying to hitch his eyes..." for me?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
He does it when he exhales not when he inhales. Since he started doing it I have noticed several bits of twigs in his poo so I am not sure whether he has been trying to dislodge a splinter from his throat
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
He tries to scratch his eyes on the rug, he rubs the side of his face on it. That is what I meant by 'hitching" his eyes
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

Ah! His eyes itch and he's trying to alleviate the itch by rubbing his eyes on the rug. Foreign material in his GI tract won't cause respiratory clinical signs such as you're seeing. To answer you directly, yes, he may be suffering from an inhalant allergy ("hay fever") but we can't rule out an upper respiratory infection without a physical exam. You can see if an over the counter antihistamine is of any value, however, but I prefer that his vet check his eyes as eyes can "go south" in a hurry. Which antihistamine might you have at home?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I have antihistamines for human consumption
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

Which, please?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Clarityn 1 a day
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Also he has been treated for un upper respiratory infection, we finished giving him his meds just about a week ago.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

Loratidine (Claritin) can be dosed at 5 mg (for a small dog such as he) once daily. Considering his recent history, however, I would be suspicious that his URI hadn't resolved or perhaps recrudesced (relapsed without cure in between events). Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Shall I bring him back to the Vets?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I believe that that would be prudent. His vet needs to know that he's symptomatic once again. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok thanks I will do that
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

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