Reverse Sneezing In Dogs

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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4 thoughts on “Reverse Sneezing In Dogs”

  1. Is reverse sneezing harmful to a dog’s health in the long run? I have a pet but I have never seen my dog go through it. What are the symptoms to look out for? This was a nice alarming article. I needed such fruitful information. Some of the causes leading to reverse sneezing are inevitable.

    • Thank you for your comments.  No, there are no long term problems due to reverse sneezing. Just follow the advice in my article if you want to get rid of it before it goes away on its own.

  2. Hi there, thank you so much for this article. i just recently got a puppy and i had some concerns about its well being after it reverse sneezed. Thank you for giving information on how to end reverse sneezing. Is reverse sneezing common in dogs? Do you have dogs of your own????

    • Thank you for your comments.  You are welcome.  Reverse sneezing is pretty common.  I’ve had more dogs that have had reverse sneezing than not.  I have two dogs currently, and both have had this issue.  Have a good night!


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