Difficulty breathing - PLEASE help diagnose (vet is having trouble)!
Addie is 8 months old and has been doing this for a couple of months. At first I thought it was reverse sneezing. She does it once or twice a night (almost always at night). It lasts from 20 seconds to a few minutes, and then she goes back to sleep.
The vet is unclear as to what it is even though I've showed videos. Her nose is clear. Heartworm test is negative, she's had a round of antibiotics in case it is kennel cough, and her lungs and heart look clear on xray. Vet said she has a murmur on the right side of her heart that is about a .5 out of 6, but one that minimal could be attributed to the stress of the visit.
Next thought is allergy testing. (She's on a grain-free diet just in case although I know it could be any allergen). Any other ideas as to what to test for? I hate seeing this!! She's so young.
Please see the videos on youtube (I hope I did this right...)
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(Yes... she's a very light/cream golden, lol. I get asked if she's a lab...)
I would take her to an emergency animal hospital. They usually have SPECIALISTS On call. How long has she had this?
Has her thyroid been checked?
Could she have swallowed something?
Have they checked her teeth and gums?
I'm not a vet, but I think perhaps an emergency animal hospital might know.
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My Faelan had something very much like this - it ended up being a seed pod thingy that he had inhaled and had worked its way down almost to his lungs - they rhino-scoped (I think that's what its called) and he was on antibiotics - I would second the suggestion that an eVet be contacted, since they generally have more experience with non-routine happenings.
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All my dogs do this once in a while for a few seconds. Living here in Tennessee, I am thinking most likely allergies in my crew.
Allergy testing would also be high on my list, if your girl does it more often than just once in a while.
If that does not pan out, I would get a referal to a specialist. If nothing else, it would give you a piece of mind.
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I wonder if it might be a tummy or swallowing issue and not a breathing issue, think acid reflux.
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Poor girl! I have no advice....but I hope you can figure it out!
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This sounds so scary! How is the color in her tongue and gums? What prompts the question is concern that there might be internal bleeding somewhere that causes her to lose a lot of red blood cells. I'm not a vet, mind you, but have been through something like this with a very senior dog whose spleen had ruptured. I have no idea if something similar could affect a young pup.
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Thank you for all of your suggestions.
Her teeth and gums were checked by the vet and appeared normal. She has not had the tyroid checked yet. This has been ongoing for a couple of months (sad, I know!) so if she swallowed something it would've passed by now (unless something got stuck??). (She did eat most of my son's shoe and shoelace a few months ago!)
Sunrise - the seed pod thing really caught my attention. I'm going to look further into that for sure! She gets into EVERYTHING. We go on walks out in (mostly dirt) fields and sometimes she runs through some areas with thistles, etc. I'm super careful to check her fur/ears afterwards, but it's possible something was inhaled. Would it still be there 2 months later??!
I'm planning on allergy testing just to rule that out and for peace of mind.
I really am very puzzled as to why it happens at night when she's laying down (but not necessarily sleeping).
Please let me know if you have other ideas, as I'm planning on putting it into action tomorrow. Thanks again!
Happy 1st Birthday Addie!
It's incredibly scary isn't it! My girl did this a few hours every time she chewed on a bone so an allergy is a distinct possibility. I hope that you find the trigger for your girl. We found that letting her run around out the front of the house would fix it. We don't give her bones anymore and have not seen it since.
Sometimes there is a dog who is so special, he is able to wrap himself so completely around your heart it is impossible to tell where you begin and he ends.