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Do your dogs make snorting noises when they breathe? Violet does. Sometimes when she's panting or eating, or just laying there. Not constant, but enough that I will be asking the vet about it on Friday when we go in.

She had 2 kennel cough vaccines while in the shelter, one when she was picked up on the 27th and one on the day we got her. She's not coughing, though, just snorting (or grunting).

I also thought maybe because she does have a little doxie in her, it may be a doxie trait. My son has a friend with doxies and he said they make grunting/snorting noises, too, but not as much as Violet. Then I've heard a few people say that beagles snort and grunt (Duke with grunt when he's getting belly rubs and snort when he's wolfing down food, but that's it). Do any of yours?
 

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Just a little, teeny, tiny bit in her, Eleanor. If you saw a profile of her nose (it's more thin and sits a little higher than Duke's), you'd notice and her eyes show it a little. Dave thinks I'm crazy, but most people that have see her in person agree (but only after I point it out because they also think I'm crazy). Could be wrong, but I do plan to ask their vet what she thinks, just so I'm educated on any health issues from that end.

But yeah, she looks more like Duke than any other pure beagle I could find! And we don't care about pure bred or pedigrees. Matter of fact, I still haven't turned in Duke's AKC registration! Lazy.LOL
 

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Well, Booker is definitely noisier than our other two - she makes all kinds of snorting, grunting, huffing, snorfling, sighing and wheezing noises both when she is awake and when she is asleep (in addition to snoring as loudly as any human)! And still she is the only one of our three that we KNOW is a purebred beagle (and on that point, I can't see it from the pictures of Violet but I know what you mean about just knowing there is something else in there... I feel the same way about Popcorn just from the shape of her rib cage and legs - I have no idea what exactly there is in there but I know there is something else, and I also don't care but am still curious!
 

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Li'l Girl doesn't snort and grunt, but my Shadow sure did. In fact, it was a family joke.
He was a mix but,
other than beagle, we don't know what. After he went to the Bridge, and I was looking for another beagle, I was on the verge of calling about a beagle girl in NC whose bio listed the snorting and grunting. But, then I found my Li'l Girl, and the rest is history.
 

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Yeah Gale, we did decide to keep Violet's name, it just fits her so well!
 

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Oh yes, Lottie's nickname is Pig Pig because she snort snorts all the time. Admittedly since she's lost a little weight she's not quite so piggish sounding - she's also able to jump up on the bed in one try instead of six and doesn't snort for 5 minutes afterward. She IS a little cutie, but she's also a little PIG. She inhales her food then tries to get everyone elses. I think it's because she belonged to a LARGE breeder of show dogs (they had over 100 dogs) - and was always a kennel dog until I got her. She'd been purchased by another breeder, and I fell in love with her picture. She just looked so vulnerable I had to have her. I've never been sorry even tho she's cost me a fortune in vet bills. I think Miss Piggy is a happy little girl now. I don't know if it has anything to do with it, but her snout is shorter and broader than some of the other kids. I know some breeds with flatter noses do snort more.
 

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I think this is reverse sneezing. When Charlie does it, I'll cover his nostril with my hand for couple of second, that will stop it. He seems to know it, everytime its coming on him, he'll run to me. He must not feel comfortable. Just like human hiccups.
 

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Lottie's snorting/grunting is definitely NOT reverse sneezing - tho some of mine do have reverse sneezing episodes, there is a big difference with her snorting and reverse sneezing. The first time my oldest (Princess) had a RS episode it scared me to death - but after 8 years and many episodes of reverse sneezing, it doesn't bother me, they're usually over with quickly.
 

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Toby doesn't snort/grunt but for some reason he'll sneeze every time hes laying on his back. and hell keep sneezing every few seconds if i keep him like that. its kinda funny but gets nasty when its raining snot.
 

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I am only just learning about reverse sneezing because, although my Mal's had it, it wasn't anywhere near as severe as Jack's. Jack has allergies which are tied to the RS. The only thing I picked up on in your post was the mention of inhaling food.

Hardly unusual for either a Malamute or a Beagle, but it was one of the higher ups on the list of causes I came upon in my research that can cause RS. Is she snorting inward or outward? RS as I understand it is inward, like a gasping for breath almost. It's the little flap part of the trachea that gets turned inside out - thus the reverse part - and when you rub on their neck or blow in their nose it flips it back in place.

Again, I'm only just learning about it but I think knowing if it's inward or outward would be a determining factor....but I'm guessing your vet will know A LOT more than I do about it (LOL).

Jack is on Benedryl and wow, is it helping! Good luck - let us know what your vet says...
 

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My Sylar grunts/snorts a lot! Most of the time he snorts with his gentle leader on as he walks too far ahead of me. I'm guessing it's because of the tensioning on his snout. He also saws logs when he sleeps. Something wrong with his nose passages?

Luna doesn't at all though.
 

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Daisy does the reverse sneeze thing every now and then. But she also snorts a lot. It always sounds like she's got a stuffy nose. Let me know if you're vet finds something because we haven't been able to. Because of another health issue we had her throat/back of her nose scoped thinking maybe she had a growth or blockage but the specialist didn't find anything. She said it could just be her. But I never understood how her snorty, stuffy, sounding nose could be normal. We dressed her up like a pig for halloween last year though. LOL
 

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Its a reverse sneeze and its not serious. It can be caused by allergies, pulling to hard on the collar when walked (constricting the airway), or any other number of reasons.

To stop it, gently pinch closed her nose so she is forced to breathe through her mouth. This should break the cycle. You may have to do it more than once.
 

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No, Violet's noises aren't a reverse sneeze, Duke has those, and the labs used to on occasion, as well. Violet's noises are grunting, snorting pig noises. Matter of fact, like Glenda, we call her Miss Piggy! LOL

Talked to the vet and she said there is nothing in her nasal passages or her lungs and she thought since the noises were typically when Vi is enjoying herself, they are her happy noises! She heard Violet make the noise and said that she's doing it herself, so no heath problems. Now we think it's a cute part of her personality!
 

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Jasmine is the one we call piggy. When she's happy she snorts just like a pig...
 
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