Our 4 month old basset, Rooney, has developed an odd little cough. For anyone who has cats, I can best describe it as that "hey, I'm working on throwing up a hairball on your bed/couch/rug/anywhere you'll step in it" sound, complete with the open-mouthed "gaaack" at the end. Only, nothing comes out. We took him to the vet, who reported that his lungs and trachea are clear, and suggested children's cough syrup. We tried that, to no real effect (other than a very sticky, cherry-flavored dog).
He is eating and drinking normally, and isn't guarding any part of his neck or face, so doesn't seem to be in pain (although obviously it's hard to tell). Is this how dogs normally cough? Could it be allergies? Our other thought was some foreign body stuck in his throat, but he isn't doing it all the time.
Sounds like it could be what is commonly called a Reverse Sneeze
while more common and frequent in beagles the majorty of bassets have had at least on episode.It is characterized by rapid and repeated forced inhalation through the nose, accompanied by snorting or gagging sounds. It is alarming to the owner and may be distressing to the dog, but is not known to be harmful to the animal. Most dogs are completely normal before and after episodes. In addition most dogs will have repeat episodes of it during their lives.
According to Dr. Holly Frisby, DVM, "During a reverse sneeze, the dog will make rapid and long inspirations, stand still, and extend his head (and neck). A loud snorting sound is produced...."[/b]
Reverse Sneeze in a two-year old Italian Greyhound.
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Reverse Sneeze in a two-year old Italian Greyhound
Reverse Sneezing in Dogs
Something about Collapsed Trachea and Reverse Sneezing