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    My little Bella has a problem and I cannot work out what it is. Every now and again she starts snorting/choking - like she can't breathe. It really frightens her and this morning after it happened she threw up for the first time ever. It's almost like she has asthma (my hubby has asthma and it reminds me of his when it happens) - but does this even exist in dogs? She's a maltese x shih tzu, so maybe it's something to do with her hair?

    It's happened a few times now, but she's never doing anything the same so I can't link it to any particular thing. This morning it happened when she got out of bed (after having good morning cuddles with mum and dad), it's happened on a walk and it once happened at about 4am (woke us up). My mum and dad have a maltese x lhasa apso (Lucy) and exactly the same thing happens to her. We asked the vet once about Lucy and he had no idea. We're taking Bella to the vet this weekend to have her stitches out, so I might mention it (as it's a different vet).

    Anyone ever had this happen to them? Or anything similar?

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    It sounds like she is goose honking or reverse sneezing. It is when they snort upwards through the nasal passages. It happens when there is an irritation of the soft palate. It can be an indicator of an elongated soft palate.

    There is no reason to be unduly alarmed when it happens. Just pat her until it settles and she stops. I sometimes offer a drink to my Pugs if it continues for any length of time.

    They are still getting ample oxygen and no real harm is done when they do this, apart from the stress that a few dogs suffer with when it happens.

    It can often happen more regularly during spring and summer and it is thought that it might be related to pollens irritating the palate as well.
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    Is this kind of what it looks like?

    YouTube - Reverse Sneeze

    If so, then it's simply reverse sneezing, as Anne has said. My dog has started doing this relatively recently as well. There's no need to worry, and if you panic when it happens, the dog will be more stressed as well (so don't xD).

    I have found that gently messaging underneath the throat stops the "attacks" quite quickly. After it, Leo behaves quite normally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershadowwolf24 View Post
    Is this kind of what it looks like?

    YouTube - Reverse Sneeze
    OMG That's exactly it!!!!!!!!! See, that's why I love this forum

    We always rub under Bella's chest/throat as well and give her a big cuddle when it's all over. It's nice to finally know what it is! Thanks all

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    Miley was doing it last night.. it sounded like snorting like she was trying to get out a furball.
    Now both my poochies do it I hope Miley doesn't end up like Ollie and not able to breath when she goes for walks.
    Many small dogs suffer from this Pugger. It doesn't neccessarily indicate problems with the palate or breathing although, in dogs with elongated soft palates, it is usually worse than normal.
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    Poor wee doggies, I've seen it in many many small dogs, doesn't seem to affect the bigger ones which I find strange. I usually just keep them calm, gentle stroking and whispering sweet nothing in their ears. It often happens when they get excited or are exercising, but sometimes when they are doing nothing at all. Shame there isn't a paper-bag you can get them to breathe into like you do with people who hyperventilate!

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