Today, I’m going to be talking about reverse sneezing in dogs.
Pulling on the leash, eating or drinking too quickly, or just plain excitement can cause a dog to go into a fit of snorting, honking, or wheezing. Reverse sneezing, or pharyngeal spasms, is usually attributed to an elongated soft palate, which is believed to temporarily become misaligned. It’s common in toy dogs, perhaps because their miniaturized form has brought about organs that aren’t always proportionately correct.
Whatever the reason, and whatever the size of dog, reverse sneezing looks and sounds frightening, but it’s far from being an emergency. The episode may last for a few seconds or a few minutes and usually ends when the dog swallows a couple of times or is distracted by something else.
Some dog owners successfully end reverse sneezing events by gently rubbing the throat or closing off their dogs’ nostrils with their fingers, forcing them to breathe through their mouth and induce swallowing.
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Kristin Mehus-Roe-Dog Bible