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Just wondering if anyone has ever had a pet with Canine Asthma or smoke allergies?

Last night Uma was asleep on the couch and jumped up having, what sounded to me like, an asthma attack. She was gasping for air through her nose, kept her mouth closed, but was looking at me through it all scared. I kept calm (on the outside) and stroked her head. She was shaking and put her chin on my shoulder, all the while still gasping for air. The whole episode lasted 2-3 minutes, but felt like an hour. She's done something that sounded similar once or twice before, but only for a few seconds.

Once she caught her breath, she went outside and seemed fine, but I don't know what could have triggered the attack. I've been looking into it online and several webistes say Asthma can be triggered by second-hand smoke. She stayed with my parents on Saturday night and my dad's a smoker. Do you think that could have affected her? My mom said she was fine all weekend, so I'd think if she was allergic to smoke she would have had a reaction there, right?

Hummm, very confused and scared for my little girl. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
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Sorry no advice other than to call your vet and see if they think that could be it. That must have been very scary though.
 

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Baron does this very often.. we think it's because since he's a hound he's out sniffing in dirt and dust all day. We asked our vet about it and he said that it's possible that its like "internal sneezing?" He also told us to get a video of it and bring it in for him to check it out, but we haven't gotten a chance yet. generally the attacks are over after a minute or two and he's perfectly fine. I'd recommend seeing a vet and bringing a video of it with you
 
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Sounds like it is what Baron does, also known as a reverse sneeze. Not a big deal, even though it sounds SUPER scary. (Bella did it once and I was in a panic, even though I KNEW what it was):

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Conten ... A=2335&S=2
Reverse Sneezing (Pharyngeal Gag Reflex)

Authored by: Becky Lundgren, DVM

Reverse sneezing is a disconcerting event in which a dog makes unpleasant respiratory sounds that sound like it is dying -- or will die in the next few minutes. Reverse sneezing sounds similar to the honking noise made by a dog with a collapsing trachea, but reverse sneezing is a far simpler condition that usually does not need any treatment. It is called reverse sneezing because it sounds a bit like a dog inhaling sneezes. The sound the dog makes can be so scary that many owners have rushed in a panic to emergency clinics in the middle of the night.

The most common cause of reverse sneezing is an irritation of the soft palate and throat that results in a spasm. During the spasm, the dog's neck will extend and the chest will expand as the dog tries harder to inhale. The problem is that the trachea has narrowed and it's hard to get the normal amount of air into the lungs.

Anything that irritates the throat can cause this spasm and subsequent sneeze. Causes include excitement, eating or drinking, exercise intolerance, pulling on a leash, mites, pollen, foreign bodies caught in the throat, perfumes, viruses, household chemicals, allergies, and post-nasal drip. If an irritant in the house is the cause, taking the dog outside can help simply because the dog will no longer be inhaling the irritant. Brachycephalic dogs (those with flat faces, such as Pugs and Boxers) with elongated soft palates occasionally suck the elongated palate into the throat while inhaling, causing reverse sneezing. Small dogs are particularly prone to it, possibly because they have smaller throats.

Reverse sneezing itself rarely requires treatment. If the sneezing stops, the spasm is over. Oftentimes, you can massage the dog's throat to stop the spasm; sometimes it's effective to cover the nostrils, which makes the dog swallow, which clears out whatever the irritation is and stops the sneezing. If the episode doesn't end quickly, you can try depressing the dog's tongue, which opens up the mouth and aids in moving air through the nasal passages. Treatment of the underlying cause, if known, is useful. If mites are in the laryngeal area, your veterinarian may use drugs such as ivermectin to get rid of the mites. If allergies are the root of the problem, your veterinarian may prescribe antihistamines. Because reverse sneezing is not a severe problem, do not worry about leaving your dog home alone; if it occurs when you're not there, the episode will most likely end on its own.

If reverse sneezing becomes a chronic problem rather than an occasional occurrence, your veterinarian may need to look up the nasal passages (rhinoscopy), and may even need to take a biopsy to determine the cause of the problem. Sometimes, however, no cause can be identified.

Some dogs have these episodes their entire lives; some dogs develop the condition only as they age. In most dogs, however, the spasm is a temporary problem that goes away on its own, leaving the dog with no after-effects.
 

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Linda,

Thank you SO much. The description of reverse sneezing sounds exactly like what went on Sunday night. I'll still check with my vet next time we're in, but what a relief.

I swear, if I ever have a human baby, I'll have a pediatrician on speed dial!
 

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Sorry I'm late to this thread. A dog I had 15 yrs ago suffered from reverse sneezing and so does Stihl. It is really scary sounding but our vet said it usually is nothing to worry about unless it goes on for a prolonged period of time. He told us to try to calm the dog by talking to her(him) and gently massage the neck area.

Hope this helps.
 
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