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    Posted: 27 May 2011 at 10:48am
Hi All,  one of the my dogs has been snorting for a bit.  She doesnt do it continuously just a couple of times during the day.
 
When she does it she looks like she is going to sneeze but doesnt and it sounds very nasal.  Otherwise she is in good form, eating and excersising as usual.  All her vacs are up todate.
 
She and her sister had some lumps removed recently - dont know if that is anyway related to this.  I seem to at the vets a lot recently with one dog or the other and dont want to visit again - of course if I thought it was anything serious I would bring her in.
 
Any ideas what causes the snorting - do dogs do it regularly????


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if its what i think it is - its like a inwards sneeze, like they almost can't catch their breath???  I was told before that when it happens to block their nose so that it encourages them to breath through their mouth until the moment passes... what causes i dont' have a clue, my two littles ones get it but i've never heard wilson at it!
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Yep Pepper thats describes it about right.  As its a new thing I wasnt sure if was age related or the beginings of an allergy or something.  Anyway she seems happy out otherwise. thanks again.

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My guy has done that a few times as well, first time I heard him I was nearly about to rush him to the vets as I honestly thought he was choking or having a heart attack. All 4 legs spread out, head down and neck extended, snorting while his whole body lurched forward at each snort. Look up reverse sneezing on youtube there's loads of videos of it. Seems to be only small terrier type dogs that are prone to it and covering their nose to encourage them to take a breath in through their mouth seems to stop it.
 
It's weird as he had 2 bouts of it that one evening about a year or two ago and I think Iv only seen him do it once since. Confused
 
Just wanted to add that if it persists it might be no harm to mention it to the vet just to rule out kennel cough, or tracheal or laryngeal collapse.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Peter Banks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2011 at 11:11pm
Now all of our lot get this same "bronchial" attack. I can say without doubt that this is NOT something to worry about unless it continues.

Terriers are prone to this this type of behaviour ... Bartlett (I'm sorry I don't know your breed) but I wouldn't be running to the vet yet?

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Peter she is a collie spanial  but not like a "sprollie" so I recokon theres a bit of something else in there too.
Thanks all for the info - one less trip to the vets :)
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Hi, When mine get this nose to chest seems to work. It is often in smaller dogs the soft pallate causes it mostly. dogs prone to trachea collapse can also snort and smallies suffer with that alot. use a harness and no pressure on the neck while walking should be ok but if if persists do go to vet and get them to examine the throat.
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Since I posted the snorting seems to have gotten worse so as I have to bring one of the others to the vet in the morning anyway I might as well bring the 'snorter'.

LB - this lass is a mid sized dog and for the last few months we walk her in harness and then off lead so thankfully she doesnt have any pressure on her throat. 
 
Will let you know how I get one - probably be told that Im a worrying wuss and be charged appropriately :)
 
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Hope it's nothing, better safe than sorry anyhow! Fingers crossed.
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Vet think its sinus so my snorting dog is on a weeks worth of tablets to see if that clears it up.  It it doesnt she will have to get an xray to rule out any polyp in the nasal passage.  Hope the tabs work.

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ahh thinking of ya! hope woofer gets better soon :)
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Update.
First set of tablets helped but didnt clear up the problem.  So back to vets for another stronger and longer dose plus an a decongestant of some kind.   The meds have released from of  mucus causing the problem.   Its like having a kid with a snotty nose I have to have tissues at the ready!    But unfortunately it still hasnt cleared.   I can hear her breathing and every now and then she gets all caught up .    We still have some of the second tablets to finish but I think I will have to ring the vet again as the problem aint going away Unhappy
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further update.

Well my poor woofer has had xrays and bloods.  the bloods were fine but the xrays have showed up a nasal polyp.  We have an option to operate to have it removed but its a bit specialised and there is a possibility that the cure could kill her :(   So Im keeping her on (new) tabs for a bit longer to see if it improves things somewhat.    Basically trying to put off the op for as long as possible.  My dog is in good form otherwise eating and running around, but when she gets caught up its a bit distressing to hear it. Fingers crossed new tabs will help.
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Hi all,
things going downhill :( My dog has now developed a lump on her face and we are off to the specialist vet on Monday.  
I heard the vets are brilliant but i have a bad feelling about this.  So its fingers crossed for Monday.
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only seeing this now ??? oh that is awful bartlett xxxxx thinking of you xxxxx
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Final Update:  Unfortunately things didnt go as I hoped.  Poor Heidi developed another lump on her throat and her breathing worsened.  Vets diagnosed a cancer and as it located in and around her nasal passage it wasnt treatable.  So yesterday rather than let her go into a decline - she would have only had weeks - we decided to put her to sleep.  I will post photos in the rememberance section. 
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CryCryCry I'm so sorry for your loss ...

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