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Help please - new sound/behavior

Hi all,

I need your help, please. Tango started doing something today, and I'm not really sure what to do. She's making this coughing/gagging/choking sound. It's not constant, it will last for a few minutes, then she'll be OK for a while, then she'll start again.

It's not kennel cough because I've dealt with that before.

It almost reminds me of a cat with a hair ball.

Has anyone dealt with this before? Any idea as to what I should do? It sound horrible, and can't be comfortable. I would love to make her feel better!

Please help!
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Has she eaten since the first time it happened. ? If it keeps up ,I would take her to the vets to check it out. Could be a hair ball.

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It might be a backwards sneeze. I read that if you put your fingers over their nostrils if it is a backwards sneeze it will stop the sneeze!

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Could be a revers sneeze... but why would it happen multiple times a day?
It could be a hairball of some sort that is stuck..
Or could it possibly be something else that is stuck? Has he been drinking?

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Not a reverse sneeze - I had pomeranian who did that a lot.

Yes, she's drinking, and she's eaten twice today. I was hoping that eating would help dislodge whatever was causing this, but no such luck.

I feel so bad for her, it sounds terrible!

I will definitely take her to the vet tomorrow. Was just hoping that someone here would have some insight, so I could make her more comfortable tonight.
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The other night we gave the dogs dry kibble, they usually get wet food mixed with dry but we ran out, and Murphy ate so fast he did a choking/coughing thing that scared us. I think he just ate too fast and wasn't used to eating dry kibble. He walked around for a minute or two making the noise and just as we started to freak out he burped SO loud, walked over to get a drink of water, then he was fine. Funny now, not so much at the time.

Hope Tango is ok!!!

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Did you look up his nose? down the throat? Maybe it is a blade of grass or a caught fuzzy?
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Dugan will do this once in a while. It sounds like my cats when they have a hairball. I usually find it is after he has had a flossie or other bone and I wonder if maybe it left a tickle kind of thing in his throat.


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Thanks everyone for all of your replies.

I did look in her nose and mouth (and as close to down her throat as I can get....). I don't see anything, but it really does remind me of a cat with a hairball. So I'm thinking it is some sort of tickle in her throat, or honestly, it could possibly be a hairball. Heaven knows she has enough hair to cause one!!!

Anyway, she'll cough for a bit, then settle down for several hours, then start up again. She's calm now (sleeping, actually). It just sounds and looks so uncomfortable when she's doing it!

I'll take her to the vet tomorrow. Was just hoping there was something I could do for her tonight. But since she's sleeping, I'll go with the theory that she's OK for now.

Thanks everyone!
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I hope it is something simple and/or temporary, but two different things came to mind: a reverse sneeze and a collapsed trachea. Hopefully your vet can help you distinguish what it is, even if it isn't one of those.
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