We were out for our daily walk yesterday evening when we encountered a little cock-a-poo-ish dog and its owner. The dog was doing this wheezing gulping thing that was SO familiar–Jasmine does this every so often. It’s almost like she has the dry heaves but she also gulps for air. I thought it was something serious, but as I described it to the vet, he didn’t think it was anything to concerned about.
The owner just said, “Don’t worry, it’s just reverse sneezing.” The owner did something I didn’t think of–he took a video tape of the incidents and took it into the vet (symptoms mysteriously disappear when you take a dog into the vet). The vet took a look and told him that it was nothing to be concerned about–reverse sneezing.
I looked it up on the Internet. While it sounds like the dog is going to pass out and die, it’s relatively harmless–and mostly untreatable. It could be an allergy, an irritant, a result of eating or drinking, driven by overexcitement…anything. So Jasmine’s wheezing and gulping, while loud and disconcerting especially in the middle of the night, isn’t dangerous.
Strangely, she often stops this if I take notice and pet her on the head. Attention ploy? Probably not. Distraction cure? Maybe!