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Old January 17th, 2007, 01:43 PM
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Reverse sneezing in dogs

Reverse sneezing in dogs is often described as a cross between a cough and gasping for breath. It seems like the dog is breathing in and out really fast. They may drool after the episode, and they usually stand still while it is happening. Getting the dog to swallow by gently massaging their neck often helps in getting it to stop.

It is more common in some breeds than others. Beagles and dachshunds are two breeds that are often associated with reverse sneezing.

The actual cause is unknown, but many think it is caused by an irritation, or slight swelling of the soft palate, and may be the result of an allergic reaction due to something in the environment. In these cases, a vet may prescribe an antihistamine.
Other times when it may be more likely to occur are when the dog is excited or on leash.

While reverse sneezing is not a serious condition, a vet should always be consulted first, especially if the attack lasts longer than 1 minute or causes any distress at all.
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