Reverse Sneezing in Dog | Detailed Review

Reverse Sneezing can be explained as a type of pharyngeal reflex, a breathing pattern that comes in the form of seizures. This very common condition is usually caused by a spasm in the dog's soft palate and/or larynx. This is called a “reverse sneeze” because we see the dog inhale the air violently, unlike a sneeze. While reverse sneezing may be considered normal in some dogs, it can be a sign of more serious health problems in others.

 

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What Happens During a Reverse Sneeze?


– They often make a loud, powerful growl by stretching their necks. Their feet are also stretched, and their eyes may look like they're about to pop out of their sockets.

– Since the trachea (windpipe) is narrowed at that moment, the chest may expand while trying to breathe because adequate air intake cannot be provided to the lungs.

– During this event, dog owners may think their dog is drowning or having some sort of seizure.

– Each reverse sneeze lasts a few minutes or less. Normally, it goes away on its own without any harm to the dog's health.

– After the condition has passed, no effects are observed in dogs. Dogs do not lose consciousness. This event is usually harmless, rarely requiring medical attention.

 

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Common Causes

 

Reverse sneezing can be caused by a number of irritating external factors and some allergies.

Pollen, dust, viruses, post-nasal discharge, nasal infection, perfumes, household cleaning materials or chemicals can trigger this condition.

Even a lack of exercise endurance, fast eating or drinking, pulling on the leash, and excitement can be a trigger. Sinusitis and other respiratory issues can also lead to reverse sneezing.

Reverse sneezing can occur in dogs of all breeds and sizes, but is more common in small breeds.

It is more common in breeds with flat noses such as Boxer, Pug, Shih-Tzu.

The fact that it is more common in dogs of this type also brings to mind genetic factors.

 

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If the frequency or severity of reverse sneezing increases, you should consult a specialist physician.

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