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Old 11-08-2013, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My puppy has been making this weird gulping noise when he whines or breathes heavy. It sounds like it's coming from the throat. It doesn't happen when he eats, just randomly. He hasn't thrown up and eats and drinks like a horse.

Everything else seems normal. It's just a really weird noise.
Any ideas of why it could be? It's almost like he's sucking in air or something.

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Old 11-08-2013, 09:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Or like he has bubbles in his throat. It's hard to explain. I'm going to see f the vet has any openings tomorrow. Just thought someone might have an idea.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm sorry, I have no idea and am not familiar with those sounds....but do want to wish y'all well at the vet. Hopefully it is nothing serious. Please keep us posted.

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Old 11-08-2013, 11:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My first thought would be mega esophagus.
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It sounds like this is a puppy? I kinda thought what Mary thought as well. I would have your vet check this out
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If he's normal health and vigor of the rest of the litter. Eating and drinking fine, then I'd not worry about it

unless....

you are a 'responsible' breeder and considering using him as a stud. If you are going to neuter/never breed him he's fine. But if you think you are going to breed you need to get a barium test done to assure he doesn't have mega esophagus.

If he does, he should be fine and is hardly afflicted. Problem is he can have a litter of puppies with all so bad they die soon after birth. You don't want to be responsible for all those deaths so would need to know ahead of time if he has the genetics. (and possibly tell YOUR breeder).

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Old 11-09-2013, 10:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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No,
We aren't going to breed him. But I wanted to know if it was something congenital or genetic such as mega E, because then we would have decisions to make as to what we wanted to do, either send back to breeder or if it was something we could manage, I wanted to do so.
We took him to the vet and she has never seen this before.
He eats and drinks normally, plays normally, so we are just going to watch him and see if he grows out of it.
His sternum is very prominent so that might have something to do with it as when he makes the noise the left side of his neck moves funny.
I never indicated i wanted to breed.
It just scared me and I wanted to make sure it wasn't anything serious.
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My vet could not diagnose mega E or the underlying condition. After they did a multitude of tests, including exploratory surgery, because they were sure it was a blockage. Which it wasn't) they still did not know what was wrong. By this time my dog was very sick and weak and had advanced pneumonia. After seeing a specialist who confirmed it was mega e, but brought on by other health/genetic issues all my vet said was they had only seen one other case in 40 years. I have changed vets. If I ever have another serious issue with a dog I want it to be diagnosed and treated before the dog declines in health so much that we have to PTS.

You may want to get a second opinion. I was told they didn't know, but that is not good enough when something is obviously wrong.
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I would get a second opinion.
If it is not mega e, it most certainly is nausea.
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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He only makes the noise when he whines or gets really excited.
He hasn't aspirated or thrown up anything.
Everything he eats and drinks stays down.
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