Is it kind of like she's sucking in air really fast and "choking" on it? Both my Peke and my Chihuahua do this. The vet says it could be allergies. But it occurs year round, for both of them. Mostly when they get too excited. Another explanation I found was that small breed dogs' trachea (I think) is thinner than bigger dogs'. So it can randomly collapse. It's scary to think that that is what's happening to my babies. But it usually helps to either blow a quick hard breath, right in their face. It kind of shocks them into resetting their breathing pattern. But, usually using a calm, loving voice, and slowly stroking them on the back of their head to their back and from chin to chest at the same time does the trick. We've also tried setting up a humidifier in the bedroom (they sleep with us) in the winter. That seems to help it. We're in Colorado, so maybe the dry air doesn't help.
Answered by Anonymous - 9/22/2012 6:55:24 PM