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backwards coughing in dog

The Dutchess
December 17th, 2008, 07:57 AM
My dog occassionally has what the vet calls backwards coughing spells. Full vet exam has shown all organs normal in size, no reason for why my dog goes thru this.
Dog is older than 10 years; adopted from other source so real age is not known.

Can anyone tell me if when my dog does the backwards coughing if it hurts?

Is it actually a type of siezure? where her breathing is affected?

When she is coughing, I calm her as best as I can till it stops and the attention seems to help her relax so she can get back to normal breathing.

Thanks for reading and all possible help for her and I.

December 17th, 2008, 10:08 AM
This sounds like reverse sneezing... Does she suck air in through her nose and stand with her ribs heaving until the episode is over?

If that's it, then it's a benign thing--doesn't seem to hurt the dogs, just as a sneezing spell wouldn't hurt you. Looks pretty strange, though... :o

Our dogs do it once in a while, too. Some dogs seem to do it more than others...not sure why... :shrug:

December 17th, 2008, 10:19 AM
Reverse coughing (also called reverse sneezing) is common and usually not caused by a medical condition but can be brought on by excitement, stress, and allergies. However, if this is something new and occurs frequently with your dog, I'd have your vet examine her once again or refer you to a specialist.

What breed is she? Did your vet examine her nose? Was her trachea x-rayed?

Dog Dancer
December 17th, 2008, 12:28 PM
My dogs do this occasionally also, and it doesn't hurt them apparently. That said, it does stress them a bit (as it would stress you if you couldn't inhale properly). When mine do it now, if I see it, I just go over and rub their neck/belly areas to calm them until it passes. I've heard that they can get very anxious when it happens and that in itself can be worse than the actually episode.

December 17th, 2008, 12:54 PM
I've heard that blowing on the dog's face/nose can stop them :shrug: Never tried it though. Gracie does the reverse sneezes quite often, but it doesn't seem to bother her.

December 17th, 2008, 07:36 PM
When my previous dog did it, it freaked me out!
But ya it was harmless according to the vet. He only did it at the beginning of walks. Once I learned to keep him calm on walks he was fine.