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I have some questions to help me advise you about Ralph.
Is Ralph dull/lethargic or bright/happy?
Is he eating/drinking/peeing/pooping normally?
Has he vomited?
If you gently pinch his windpipe does it make him cough?
The change in diet/new environment etc could cause the little tummy upset.
If you could try the gentle pinch as it can help diagnose whether the problem is an upper or lower airway problem.
It doesn't wake him up at all during the night?
When it happens, is there anything in particular he's doing? (after eating/drinking, playing etc)
Thank you, ***** ***** that he didn't react to the pinch indicates it's unlikely to be kennel cough as the bugs that cause it to irritate the throat quite a lot and pinching can set off a cough.
As he has recently had a long enough trip it is possible that he has some mucus buildup in his lower airways. If possible, could you try record a video of it next time he does it and post it here to me so I can further advise you as there are a few things this could be but depend on the actual noise and motions he's making.
Perfect thank you. I should be able to respond fairly quickly until about 9pm tonight.
Thank you, ***** ***** make noise or move when he's doing this at all?
Yep, it's him dreaming. Not all pets show external signs (similar to humans) but as long as it's only intermittent and he's not showing any signs of distress it's nothing to worry about. Puppies do some very weird things in their sleep. :)
Is he a cavalier?
You're welcome. He's a perfect mixed chap so! I was just curious about his coloring and slight whispy hair.
If you have any other queries or if he starts doing the coughing etc you can just drop me a message here :)