Pacino, 20 months old, occasionally has what sounds like an asthma attack, but in researching it on the www this morning I found that it is more than likely that he has reverse sneezing. Has anyone ever heard of this? Is this common in dogs?
Here's the info I found:
Reverse Sneezing Reverse sneeze syndrome is characterized by a series of rapid, loud, forced inhalations through the nostrils, lasting anywhere from 10 seconds to 2 minutes. Attacks occur on a sporadic, unpredictable basis. Dogs usually have the head extended forward and stand still during the episode. Affected dogs appear completely normal before and after the attack. There is no loss of consciousness or collapse, though sometimes the appearance of the dog is upsetting to owners. Many dogs have these attacks throughout their lives. The exact cause of reverse sneezing is unknown, but it may be associated with sinusitis and other upper respiratory disorders. Many believe affected dogs are consciously removing mucus from the nasal passages. In fact, many dogs swallow at the end of the attack. Whatever the cause, the condition is usually not serious. If the condition appears suddenly in an older dog or if episodes become more severe or frequent, the nasal passages and throat should be examined.
Important Points in Treatment Treatment is not necessary when the episodes occur infrequently on a random basis. Home treatments that have been reported to be successful include massaging the throat, blowing in the nose, and rapidly and lightly compressing the chest.
Notify the Doctor if Any of the Following Occur: The Severity or frequency of your pet's attacks changes. Your pet develops a nasal discharge or a cough. Your pet's general health changes.
Pacino's attacks are infrequent, one or two every other week, but when it happens it is certainly scary.
We are seeing the vet in a few weeks; I will certainly ask her then.
Not only do I have a dog with this, it's my user id name sake, "Savannah". She's my eldest now. I had never heard this before until she started doing it way back. I was so worried, called the vet within seconds and he laughed at me a little saying it sounded like a "reverse sneeze". I took her in anyway as I'm very over protective. Sure enough, that's exactly what it was and she's been doing it for years. Truth.. I still stare when it happens but nothing to worry about if indeed it's a reverse sneeze.
Thank you Savanah! Glad to hear the he's not the only one, and that your dog is OK even though he has reverse sneezing. Pacino spent a lot of time at the vets due to hip and knee surgery (he was previously abused before we rescued him), so he had other bigger issues I had to deal with. I was not overly concerned about the "attacks" as he is just fine afterwards and they are infrequent, but still wanted to research these.
Pebbles "suffers" from this, or should I say I do. It's scarier to me than her. Sometimes rubbing my finger over her nostrils help. I've also tried massaging her throat(not sure how effective it is though). We actually took her to an E-vet for this & the doc made us feel like idiots for doing so. She normally does it after inhaling something unpleasant to her, such as body spray, peppers, etc. I'd call it doggy allergies.
My yorkie does this quite often. I took him to the vet before about it. And of course the dogs dont ever do what you brought them for so the vet can see. So I tryed to make the noise so the vet would know what I was talking about. LOL. She was laughing at me. She said he was fine. She didnt tell me it was a backwards sneeze. Glad I know what it is now.
My 9 month old Corgie has been doing this since we got him. He has been battling pneumonia so I thought it was associated with that. However, his pneumonia is presumably cleared according to his latest x-rays and he still does it a few times a day. Glad I read this, I just assumed it was from his pneumonia.
As long as the attacks are sporadic, don't last long, and are unpredictable, meaning nothing in particular sets them off, it's nothing to worry about. You have something to worry about if the attack does'nt stop, as in 5 + minutes, although at that point I'd already have the dog loaded up, to the vet. The danger is hypoxia, because the dog is not getting the proper air exchange. I have to check with my vet to see if it's self limiting though, like a kid that holds his breath, and passes out (one of which I had), and then wakes up normally.
Funny someone mentioned trying to make the noise for the vet, lol. That was my concern too! I actually recorded Pebbles the evening she went to the E-vet (she did it for a long time). I still have it saved on my phone, lol.
yep it sure is an attention grabber. My cavs do it as well, plus some other wierd and wonderful noises, and theyre healthy dogs! But the noises they make is nothing compared to a bulldog i know..! My shepherd never does it tho.
I have the same issue with my chihuahua (PeeWee) and I wasn't sure if I should take to the vet for it. And this morning when he woke up he sounded like he has a cold. His nose is making whistling sounds.Do dogs need to be seen by the vet if they have a cold? I have had dogs before but never this small and fragile.If any one has some advice for me I would greatly appreciate it. I just want my PeeWee to feel better.
Reverse sneezing often sounds familiar to a collapsing trachea. I currently have a mini poodle with a reverse sneeze and in the past had a mini poodle with a collapsing trachea. if rubbing the throat stops the attack it is most likely a collapsing trachea and you should always use a harness when walking your dog instead of a collar. I don't know a lot about the reverse sneeze and would like some tips. I know the nose trick and might try benadryl but that tends to make my dogs sleepy. any suggestions?