Not reverse sneezing or hiccups...What else could it be?
My 6 year old poodle was perfect up until last thanksgiving when she got a yeast infection in her ear and then her whole body broke out in pimply, pus filled bumps that open and crusted. mostly on her rear end and back legs. a bit down her spine.
About the same time she began this series of body movements. when she is lying on her tummy with her head extended in front of her, in one movement she pulls her head down towards her body while taking 2 short breaths to make one whole breath intake, then she lifts her mid section up (like she is pulling in her abs) and then her out breath is letting out 2 short breaths. She does not cough or wheeze or make any noise like in reverse sneezing nor does it sound like or look like a doggie hiccup. she is completely silent in this process. Also, it can last for hours...not just minutes. when she finally has exhausted herself she will go to sleep and it will stop for a short time and then begin again while she is sleeping.
The yeast infection was a nasty one but is finally under control. i treated it naturally without pharmaceutical drugs. however, in december and part of january the vet wanted to try steroids and antibiotics for the skin on her body. i now see that was a mistake because that is what made the yeast go out of control. so now the yeast is under control and her skin lesions are 80% better and improving. her skin color is still a bit reddish purple particularly in her ears. She eats a raw diet and is being treated with homeopathics.
I wish I could help with this, but it seems like a complex problem, and I'm not a veterinarian and don't have any personal experience of this sort of problem.
What you're describing definitely doesn't sound like 'reverse sneezing' or hiccups, but I can't say whether it's been caused by the yeast infection itself, or any of the treatments that your dog received.
It's good news that her skin problems are now much better, but the breathing issue sounds as though it most certainly needs further investigation by your vet, or even a specialist. It's not something that she should be experiencing.
A yeast infection as serious as the one your dog had can spread internally, affecting organs such as the lungs/heart etc. and I'm wondering if this is what has happened.
I think you may really benefit from checking out this webpage - Systemic Yeast Infections in Dogs. It's written by a lady who is an expert in the field of canine nutrition and diet, and there's a terrific amount of info. there about the causes, symptoms and natural treatment options for yeast infections in dogs.
I think it may help you to help your dog. I wish I could do more, but wish you the very best of luck with your dog and hope that she is able to make a full recovery soon.
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