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He has a lump on his testicles and he keeps choking on

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He has a lump on his testicles and he keeps choking on nothing where he's gasping for breath
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: He's a Shihtzu x Chihuahua
JA: Does this gasping happen all the time or only sometimes? Does the Shih Tzu have a cough as well?
Customer: It's only sometimes When he gets excited or if he eats or drinks too fast
JA: And what's the Shih Tzu's name and age?
Customer: He's called Gus and he is 1. He turns 2 in June
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Gus?
Customer: Just the small lump that has appeared on his testicle and he has started urinating without realizing
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Hi there, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Gus.

Would a photo of the testicular lump be possible please?

When did the choking begin and how long do episodes last?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
I'll send it as soon as he sits still for me to get one. It's been going on around 4 months. He stops choking if we rub his throat or blow in his face he can then catch his breath
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
The phone call request has taken money out of my bank. Can it be refunded please.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

I cannot make calls but can continue talking via typing is that is ok.

Any deposit paid will be automatically refunded.

Have you ever heard of a reverse sneeze? These are common episodes of 'gasping' in smaller breeds that are of no concern. If unsure what a reverse sneeze is, there are several good videos on YouTube.

If this is what Gus is doing, we do not need to worry.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
I would just like an appointment for him at my local pdsa
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
I havnt heard of that no. It doesn't seem like sneezing. It's choking
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

I cannot make you an appointment directly I'm afraid, this is something you need to do.

Reverse sneezing sounds like choking (but isn't) and episodes last about 10-30 seconds.

I suspect if you look up a video, this will be what Gus is doing.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

I do hope this has helped and please let me know if there is anything else,

Take care,