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Is he doing more of a snorting sound?
Is he eating and drinking well?
How much does he weigh?
Thanks for the information. If you can attach that video to your next message, I would be happy to take a look at it.
Thanks for the video. That looks and sounds more like a reverse sneeze to me. You can look up a few videos on Youtube to see if you concur. Reverse sneezing is common, especially in smaller dogs and looks worse than it really is. It is usually due to some type of nasal irritation. It is possible that it could have been the intranasal bordatella vaccine. Some dogs may have a little more irritation related to that. It is usually self limiting, though and goes away on its own. In many cases, Benadryl helps. For his size, you can give a full 25 mg dose every 8-12 hours. It is possible it could cause some drowsiness. While usually safe, as with any human medication, I always recommend checking with your vet to make sure there is nothing in the history to make it contraindicated for him. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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You looked at a few videos, correct? It can present in different ways. With the bordetella vaccine, it is not uncommon to have some symptoms that appear to be kennel cough. Just like some people may develop mild flu like symptoms from a flu vaccine. It isn't the actual disease that they have. It is just the body's response to the vaccine. Those symptoms are typically self limiting. It definitely doesn't seem like tracheal collapse to me. It still sounds more like what I would hear from a reverse sneeze than a cough. What I cannot tell from the video, though, is if his mouth is open while he is doing this. If it is closed or barely open, then it wouldn't be a cough. If it is open a little wider then it could still be a cough. Either way, if he was my dog and was acting normal otherwise, I would still try giving Benadryl for a couple of days to see if that helps. If it doesn't or if it is getting worse, then a trip back to the vet may be in order to re-evaluate. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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