Why does my dog make weird throat noises? Here’s the Answer

Are Certain Dog Breeds Prone To Reverse Sneezing?

Yes, some dogs are more likely to experience reverse sneezing. Brachycephalic dogs (flat-faced dog breeds such as Pugs, Boxers and Shih Tzus) by nature have elongated soft palates, which can cause them to reverse sneeze more often. These dog breeds will occasionally suck the elongated palate into the throat while inhaling, causing reverse sneezing. Beagles, Yorkies and other small dogs are also particularly prone to this honking cough, possibly because they have smaller throats.

Worried about your cat? Don’t be. Cats rarely experience reverse sneezing. That said, if you ever notice the signs of reverse sneezing in your cat, take them to the vet ASAP.

Why does my dog make weird throat noises?

How To Treat Reverse Sneezing In Dogs

Reverse sneezing rarely requires treatment. When the sneezing stops, the spasm is over. If the episode continues beyond a few seconds, massaging your dog’s throat can help stop the spasm. Also, it can help to cover their nostrils for a quick moment, which makes your dog swallow and helps clear out the irritation.

“During an episode, try speaking in a soothing voice while gently massaging your dog’s throat,” suggests Teller. “You can also gently blow in the dog’s face to make them swallow or gently open the dog’s mouth and press down on the tongue to alleviate the spasm.”Â

Some dogs have these episodes their entire lives, while others develop the condition only as they age. In most dogs, however, the spasm is an occasional and temporary problem that goes away on its own, needing no treatment and leaving the dog with no aftereffects.

Dogs usually grunt when they’re content — but that’s not always the case.

Why does my dog make weird throat noises?

Just like humans, dogs grunt from time to time, making low, guttural noises that usually indicate happiness, according to Cuteness. For example, when your dog settles into its bed and grunts, its expressing relief, joy, contentment, or serenity. Puppies, in particular, are prolific grunters, usually making the sound while eating, napping, being pet, or snuggling.

However, grunting can be an involuntary action, like when your dog is sleeping, or a cause for concern. When a pup is grunting excessively, it could indicate pain, discomfort, or illness, and it needs to be taken to the vet ASAP.

Dog Coughing Sounds Like a Hairball: Do This

Dogs can’t talk, but as every dog parent knows, our canine companions can make a lot of other unusual sounds. Getting to know the noises your dog makes in a typical day is a great way to stay on top of your dog’s health.

Let’s take a look at some common sounds dogs make and what they mean, so you can distinguish the welcome from the worrisome.