Reverse sneezing in dogs and cats

Sneezing is completely normal, it happens when dogs and cats inhale a powder, pollen or some other substance that has irritated their nostrils and the body needs to put out, then the air is expelled out of the lungs with enough force.

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Although not very common, the opposite can also happen, that is, instead of the air being expelled from the lungs, it is pulled in with force. And to this, it is called reverse sneeze, scientifically called Paroxysmal Inspiratory Breathing.

Here at YourCatCareguide we tell you everything you need to know about the reverse sneeze on a dog .

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What is reverse sneezing?

The condition of reverse sneezing, or paroxysmal inspiratory breathing , is not a disease, nor a symptom. And yes, a phenomenon that can be observed in dogs of various sizes and races, or even in dogs without defined breed, and in general, can happen in a random way.

Reverse sneeze in pug

Although they can occur in any breed, brachycephalic dog breeds are more likely to suffer from this phenomenon due to their shorter and flattened snout, they are Pugs, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Lhasa Apso, Shitzu, Boxers, and others. Another, however, is that although it affects dogs of the most varied sizes, it is most commonly observed in small dogs such as Chihuahuas, for example.

Reverse sneezing in cats

Although not very common, reverse sneezing can affect cats, regardless of breed or size. Review our article about cat splashing and what it can be .

In reverse sneezing, when the air is drawn in with force, it differs from normal sneezing in the sense that it is not just a sneeze, the episodes usually last up to 2 minutes, and it looks like the dog or cat is choking. After the episodes the dog returns to breathe normally, if it lasts more than 3 or 4 minutes, look for the nearest veterinary hospital, since your dog can be really choked, know more here in the Expert in Choking Dog, what to do?

Causes for reverse sneezing

The episodes do not have time to happen, so they can happen at any time. It can happen in an isolated episode, or randomly throughout the life of the animal, moreover, there is no way to predict when it will happen.

This syndrome is caused by an irritation in the area of the pharynx or larynx , which is the throat of the animal, causing spasms in this region and the soft palate. This can happen for several reasons, these being the main causes of reverse sneezing :

  • Allergies such as pollen, dust, strong odors, etc.
  • Respiratory infections.
  • Leashes on the leash during the rides.
  • Excitation, for example when the dog plays in a very hectic way.
  • Post nasal drip.
  • Abrupt temperature changes for some dogs.

Symptoms of Reverse Splash

To make sure that your dog is having a reverse sneezing episode, watch out for the following reverse sneezing symptoms :

  • Wide eyes.
  • The dog stands still or standing with elbows apart.
  • Head down.
  • Stretched neck.
  • Cough.
  • Breathing accelerates.
  • Inspiratory movements with the mouth and nostrils producing a characteristic choking sound.

As these are episodes that occur at random, most likely your dog will not have any of these symptoms during the consultation, so if possible, record your pet to your veterinarian so he can make sure what he is really about to better guide him.

Reverse Sneeze – How to Stop

There is not much to worry about, so stay calm, as stress can worsen the sneezing condition, making it take longer to pass, as some dogs may feel uncomfortable with the reactions around them. After all, the reverse sneeze serves to free the throat from whatever irritating it, a reason not unlike a normal sneeze that serves to release the nasal passages from what is irritating them.

If the episodes happen too often or take too long to pass, take your dog or cat to a veterinarian’s office, as only the professional can ascertain if there is really nothing that is irritating the throat of your animal, such as a foreign body, tracheal collapse, respiratory infections, mites or even tumors.

While you wait for the episode to end, you can help your dog or cat by gently massaging the animal’s throat , stroking it to calm it, and occasionally blowing its nostrils very carefully. While the episode does not pass, come if the gums and tongue of the animal are in their normal, pink coloration, and after the end of the episode the animal should return to breathe normally.

Reverse Splash – Treatment

Does reverse sneezing have a cure?

Since it is neither a disease nor a symptom, but a random condition, there is no treatment for reverse sneezing , also called paroxysmal inspiratory breathing.

It can occur from up to 2 episodes in one day, depending on the causes. However, if it becomes very frequent several times a day for the same week, take it to the veterinarian for possible tests for further investigation of the cause.

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest that you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

If you want to read more articles that might be useful to you, please visit our section of Other Health Problems .

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