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My beagle has been doing this weird coughing/snorting/breathing thing, which most people (including the vet) tell me is reversed sneezing and nothing to worry about. When I look up the symptoms online however, they come up for reverse sneezing and collapsed trachea, which does need to be treated. If anyone knows how to tell the difference between the two I would appreciate the input. Thanks!

My dog had both. The reverse sneezing is a snorting, inhaling kind of sound. The tracheal cough is what I call the "goose honk". It’s a cough with a honking sound and a little gag at the end. Sometimes a bit of fluid comes up but not often. Tracheal collapse is when the entire trachea closes cutting off the dog’s airway and can cause the dog to scream or make a weird yodel sound before passing out. The dog will almost always come around by itself and be fine. When the dog passes out the trachea relaxes and resumes it’s normal shape. If your dog begins to cough it may help to put a little honey on his tongue forcing him to swallow and reopen his trachea.

5 Responses to “How can I tell the DIFFERENCE between collapsed trachea and reverse sneezing?”

  • Jocelyn7777 says:

    Would there have been an opportunity for your dog to have a collapsed trachea? Do you have your dog on a choke collar and allow it to pull even with the collar? That is the main cause of a collapsed trachea. It is possible it could happen with a flat collar, but your dog would have to pull like a crazy dog.

    If not, then I’d go with the vet and say just some reverse sneezing.
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  • saraly_11385 says:

    My dog had both. The reverse sneezing is a snorting, inhaling kind of sound. The tracheal cough is what I call the "goose honk". It’s a cough with a honking sound and a little gag at the end. Sometimes a bit of fluid comes up but not often. Tracheal collapse is when the entire trachea closes cutting off the dog’s airway and can cause the dog to scream or make a weird yodel sound before passing out. The dog will almost always come around by itself and be fine. When the dog passes out the trachea relaxes and resumes it’s normal shape. If your dog begins to cough it may help to put a little honey on his tongue forcing him to swallow and reopen his trachea.
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  • Canine says:

    Take your pet in for an X-ray, one while inhaleing and one while exhaling and that will confirm a collapsing trachea
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  • KimbeeJ says:

    Reverse sneeze is breathing in really hard through the mouth and nose. Tracheal collapse is a cough, like a honking noise, and an expiration out.
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    CVT

  • iluvgermanshepards says:

    Take the dog to the vet for an x-ray it will confirm a collapsing trachea. And no choke chains are not what causes them. obviously they dont help but are not the cause of collapsing trachea
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