Recently I became the mom to what is thought to be a chihuahua/papillon mix. I had never heard of reverse sneezing until I franticly began trying to find out why Sunny was having these awful fits,He honestly scared the life out of me. I taled with several people from different CHih boards to learn more on this.He has them alot but his vet says hes in good health. Do your dogs have this and if so what breed and what do you do during an attack.
what is reverse sneezing? I have noticed that my maltese Henry has been sneezing quite frequently (at least 4 times per day) ever since I got him 2 weeks ago. I have not tolld the vet about this but might mention it at his next check up. His sneeze sounds a little like a cough and a sneeze.
I'm not questioning your vet but that's very odd that they gave antibiotics for reverse sneezing unless they thought it was something else.
A reverse sneeze is when a dog rapidly pulls air into his nose, whereas in a regular sneeze, the air is rapidly pushed out through the nose. A reverse sneeze may seem alarming, but it is not a harmful condition, and there are no ill effects. The dog is completely normal before and after the episode. During a reverse sneeze, the dog will make rapid and long inspirations, stand still, and extend his head. A loud snorting sound is produced, which may make you think the dog has something caught in his nose. A reverse sneezing episode can last for several seconds to a minute.
Toby does is too. He is a Malt/Pom mix. LIke I have said before, I am not sure if Toby's is reverse sneezing or a collapsing trach. ??????????? Oh, and I calm him down if he is excited and put him on all fours on the ground if I am holding him. I pet him calmly and tell him it's okay. Sometimes if I manuever his body in a certain way, it seems to bring it on. Like if I am holding him and I put him on his back to cradle him in my arms, it seems to sometimes bring it on. That is why I think it might be a collapsing trach instead. It seems the way his neck is postioned effects it sometimes.
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Hi all! My Pomeranian, Richy does the same thing, but I only noticed it about 2 days after the vet gave him the Bordetella vacc. Really freaked me out! Episodes happen only at night when he's sleeping and after eating. Vet prescribed antibiotics now he only does it in the morning when he gets up. I think maybe he's trying to clear his sinus...but what do I know, my first dog and only a month since I got him.
I am SO glad to find someone else having the same problem as me...I am practically in tears every time my newly-acquired Parsons/Chi mix does (what I hope to be) the reverse sneeze. But the more I am reading the symptoms, the more I am going to be so relieved if that's all it is. However, she is actually at the vet's right now, getting X-rays to rule out everything else (although I don't believe that they can diagnose a collapsing trachea, but her symtoms don't correlate with this).
Of course, I did lots of reading on her predominant breed, being mostly Parson's Terrier, but none on Chihuahua. I think I'll be learning a lot more very quickly now!!!!
I got freaked out when I heard skittles reverse sneeze. I thought she was dying or something 0.0 And then I read that dogs just do that sometimes, and noticed she would continue whatever she was doing while she reverse sneeze, like stare at a treat in my hand while reverse sneezing.
for the member with the maltese who is sneezing. You have only recently gotten this dog? What you describe is not normal you need to contact your vet asap sounds familiar to me but I will refrain from saying what i thin it is because I do not want to be said to have made a diag not being a vet. Please do contact your vet.
Mine do this if they get really excited , but since their getting older it's not as often. When it first happened I was terrified, thinking they were going to die. Now I can just gently talk to them and they come out of it. All the best to you. pommielover
A reverse sneeze is actually the flap at the back of the throat (that moves to let food go down and will move again to let air in) When the dog is haveing the attack hes actually trying to snort this flap back in place. Most dogs will start to snort when they get excited and running around. But I've seen dogs just all of a sudden start snorting. When this condition becomes a problem for the well being of the animal do you need Veterinary help. When the dog is snorting, by putting your 2 fingers over the nostils at just the time when hes sucking in the flap will flip back in place. but most dogs fix it themslves. sue
A reverse sneeze is actually the flap at the back of the throat (that moves to let food go down and will move again to let air in//There are 2 tubes back there, one for air and one for food) When the dog is haveing the attack hes actually trying to snort this flap back in place. Most dogs will start to snort when they get excited and running around. But I've seen dogs just all of a sudden start snorting. When this condition becomes a problem for the well being of the animal do you need Veterinary help. When the dog is snorting, by putting your 2 fingers over the nostils at just the time when hes sucking in the flap will flip back in place. but most dogs fix it themslves. sue
I have a Rottweiler that does reverse sneezing. I have taught her to go and get a drink of water and it always stops the "attack". I just tell her to get some water and as soon as she has a few laps, she is fine. I think it has something to do with allergies because she has horrible allergies but that is just my opinion.