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Q: Reverse Sneezing in Maltese Puppy

August 11, 2008 | By Mnauman | 2 answers | Expired: 2227 days ago

I have had my puppy simon for a little over a year and ever since he had an upper respiratory infection as a puppy he has been doing what my vet called reverse sneezing. This absolutely terrified me at first it sounds like he can't breath and/or is going to get sick. Anyway, the vet said there is nothing that can be done for this, just to try to calm him down. This seems to be worst in the spring and summer and I was wondering if anyone had heard of this being related to alergies and if you have any suggestions for helping him get through these awful attacks. Thanks!

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Jessica H.
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Aug 11, 2008

It depends on what is causing it; has he been vaccinated for canine influenza (bordatella)? And have you spoken with your vet about ANY possibilities, even if you're only treating the symptoms? I find it hard to believe that s/he says that nothing can be done...

If you say that his symptoms seem to worsen around spring and summer, then it COULD be environmental allergies. If you would like you could always talk with your vet about allergy testing, but that can be rather costly. If you have the time/patience/money, go for it! It can narrow down which allergen your dog is allergic to.

However, if you don't want to bother with allergen testing, speak with your vet about possibly allergy medications you could try. I have to give my dog a benedryl nearly every day because of his seasonal allergies. However, NEVER EVER give your dog ANY OTC medication without first consulting your vet!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Aug 11, 2008

Our first Border Collie would do this on occasion and we never figured out what triggered it. It doesn't sound like hers was as bad as your dog's, though. She did eventually outgrow it, but she was probably 10 before that happened. Jessica's suggestions are really good, as always.

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