why does my dog keep making choking noises
A cough that involves a choking sound can be worrisome. Common causes of this symptom include reverse sneezing, pneumonia, kennel cough, heart disease, collapsing trachea and a foreign object lodged in the throat. Some of these causes are worse than others. Observe your dog closely as soon as you notice the behavior. PReverse sneezing is a common issue seen in dog breeds that have flat faces such as Pugs. The sound of a reverse sneeze can also sound like a choking noise. Reverse sneezing is not usually a cause for alarm. It is often due to an irritant causing the soft palate spasm. Common irritants include pollen, excitement, sudden temperature change, exercise, and a tight collar.
Usually, these irritants cause a dog to sneeze, but some dogs experience a reverse sneeze instead. A reverse sneeze pulls air rapidly through the nose instead of pushing the air out. Reverse sneezes sound awful but arent serious unless they become chronic and interfere with your dogs ability to breath properly. P
Pneumonia is the build-up of phlegm or fluid in the lungs. Coughing is a common symptom, but other signs include difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, fever, weight loss, and lethargy. Pneumonia is a serious condition that needs to be treated by a veterinarian. PKennel cough is an infection that produces deep coughing, choking, gagging, snorting, vomiting, sneezing, and a dry hacking cough.
These coughing fits can happen anytime while your dog has kennel cough, but exercise and excitement are common triggers. Full recovery is often the outcome when treated by a veterinarian. PHeart disease can be developed in dogs of any age. Common signs include coughing, choking, weakness, loss of appetite, bluish color tongue, fatigue, decreased desire to walk or play, difficulty breathing, and a rapid or slow heartbeat. A visit to the veterinarian is required for diagnosis and treatment options. A collapsed trachea causes dogs to experience a strong cough that can sound like choking or honking.
Other symptoms include gagging, respiratory distress, and exercise intolerance. This is a disease that can be acquired or congenital. Treatment by a veterinarian is required. PIf your dog is choking on an object he or she will attempt to swallow repeatedly, lick their lips, and violently continue gagging, choking, and coughing. If your dog doesnt cough up the object quickly an emergency visit to the veterinarian office or animal hospital is wise. P What kind of dog do you have? If your dog is a short-nosed breed (like an English Bulldog, Pug, Boston Terrier, etc) then this is unfortunately normal. Short-nosed breeds have a harder time breathing and often times will make snorting or choking sounds all throughout their life.
However, if your dog isn't one of those, then it is very important to make sure he isn't actually choking on anything. He may have something like a bone stuck in his throat. If your dog will allow you to, try opening his mouth gently and looking inside to see if you can see anything stuck in there. If your dog is snappy or not tolerating you near his mouth, have the vet check. Another possibility is that your dog has allergies. This can also be determined by the vet. We can only give our best guesses as to what may be causing this, but your vet will be able to give you a definite answer.
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