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Old January 17th, 2007, 02:43 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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Old January 17th, 2007, 03:07 PM
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We have ben told Gomez has a reverse sneeze, but it's not like you describe - he sounds like he's hacking, trying to get something out of his throat, there is no inhaling involved... and no drooling...

To him it happens mostly when he is resting and relaxed, not on the leash - and sometimes it's 8-9hacks and sometimes just 1... sometimes he stands and sometimes he is lying down on his pillows...

I find it's such an undefined thing that I never really know if he has a reverse sneeze or not... Everyhing I read about it is different...
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Old January 17th, 2007, 05:30 PM
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I think it may be different in some dogs, but when Cassie does it, there is no mistaking that it is a reverse sneeze.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 05:39 PM
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Yeah, I wish I knew for sure...

He has always checked out perfectly though, so who knows...
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Old January 17th, 2007, 07:45 PM
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I have been told that the reverse sneeze happens more often with the "smushed" face dogs.....tzus, boxers, pekes, poms etc.

Both my boys do the reverse sneeze and I can usually calm them down by either rubbing their chest/throat or cupping my hand over their nose. It is almost like a mini-seizure for my Harley....he is very quiet after his sneeze and will rest.

Both my dogs have been checked by my Vet and everything is ok...it's a little unsettling for them and me, but they are doing ok.
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Old January 19th, 2007, 04:20 AM
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My girl (boxer) does that. only it's kinda a muffled-snort inhaled a few times then she's done. It doesn't last long though.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 10:30 AM
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Red face Re: Gomez' Hacking

My dog has been diagnosed (last night at the 24 hr emerg vet) as a reverse sneeze.

At firs when I was reading this forum, i thought - hey - maybe she does have it. but then when I saw that hacking is not a characteristic of it...i thought - oh - maybe she doesn't.

My dog looks like she's hiccuping, sounds like she's dry heaving, and her throat/trachea is expanding when she does it. She looks like she's in pain, sounds painful, and sometimes gag's when "its over". Last night she actually threw up. This is the 3rd time she's done this, and the worst.

Vet gave us Hycodan to soothe her throat, but I read that this med is for Kennel Cough...

She does subside with throat rubs and soothing voices - but it goes on for a long time. Over night she was even snoring louder than any human I've ever heard before!!

started at 930 last night -- reapetedly for about 20 mins, then was about every 10-20, now it's approx hourly... 3-5 "heaves"...

Anyone heard of this before?!

She still has an appetite, still active if she's approached with a ball or "play time stance".
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Old February 27th, 2009, 10:38 AM
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How long has it been going on, jenkajoe?

If this is just a recent development, your dog may be coming down with kennel cough. We've had a couple of bouts of it and some of the dogs had onset sort of like what you're describing.

We also get reverse sneezing, though. Someone on the board (though I can't remember who) suggested that raising the dog into a standing position on their high logs with their front legs held up off the ground will stop a reverse sneeze. I tried it on Grace last time she had an episode and it seemed to work.
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This bout just started last night. she's only been "hiccuping" every hour or so this morning, but last night was scary sounding/looking.

Kennel Cough to me seems unlikely as there are 4 dogs she socializes with, and are not sick, none of them get borded or kennel...
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Old February 27th, 2009, 07:02 PM
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I've seen it quite a bit lately with dogs that have recently been given the kennel cough intra nasal vacc.It goes away and nobody in contact with them starts coughing or doing it.
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I wonder if she just got into something that irritated her nasal passages...mold or something We have one dog that tends to have sneezing fits when she gets into dust. When she starts up it's my reminder to get my lazy patooti in gear and start dusting, swapping out the loveseat cover, and changing the bedspread. I'm not much of a housekeeper

How is your girl doing tonight, jenkajoe? Is she better?
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