Q. few times a month i am up with my 4 lb dog all night with her jerking her head forward and making gagging noises. It seems to go away after 12 hrs

A. This needs to be investigated. Your dog may be suffering from a collapsing trachea or similar problem influencing her breathing. A collapsing trachea is a common problem in toy breeds and can be diagnosed fairly easily with radiographs. Treatment varies from medications to surgery.

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