My dog is making a snoring like noise, like choking. She is not choking on anything, but the noise still has not stopped

Boston Terrier, 1 years old.
no known breathing issues
has owned pet since April, she was 4 months when we purchased her.
Her appetite has not changed and neither has her mood.
It sounds similar to a snore, but she is doing it while she's awake.

Asked by MONKEY on Jan 27th 2008 in Health & Wellness
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This is quite common in the brachiocephalic ("smushed faced") breeds (bulldogs, bostons, boxers, shih tzus, etc.). It can often times be treated/controlled with antihistamines (diphenhydramine, chlorpheniramine, etc.).

In rare cases, it may be a result of a deformation of the soft palate, in which case surgery can correct the problem.

Most often, it is just one of those things you have to learn to deal with in particular breeds of dog. Consult your vet to make the appropriate rule-outs and to come up with a treatment plan, if available.

answered on Jan 27th.

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Brachycephalic dogs like Bostons can make little snorting sounds that some people call snorffles. Lily makes these when she is puttering about the house. She makes a really alarming sound like choking called a reverse sneeze which we stop by plugging her nostrils so she has to breathe through her mouth.

You may want to check with your vet if it started suddenly. Our vet offered to do soft palate surgery on her but her sounds are really mild and she only snores when her head is in specific positions. Angus is 4 months and doesn't make much noise yet.

We get a lot of information about Boston Terriers on

I hope this helps! :)

Lily answered on 1/27/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer