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Reverse sneezing in dogs and a common remedy

Our own pet beagle sometimes reverse sneezes. Its a behaviour seen in dogs whereby air is taken into the nose quickly, and results in the appearance of discomfort and choking.

From Wikipedia, the description of Reverse Sneezing is given as:

Reverse sneezing (also called backwards sneezing or inspiratory paroxysmal respiration) is a phenomenon observed in dogs. It is a fairly common respiratory event in dogs, but is rarely seen in cats. Its exact cause is unknown but may be due to nasal, pharyngeal, or sinus irritation (such as an allergy), the dog's attempt to remove mucus, or from over excitement. It is characterized by rapid and repeated forced inhalation through the nose, accompanied by snorting or gagging sounds. Though it may be distressing to the animal, it is not known to be harmful. Most dogs are completely normal before and after episodes, and most will have repeat episodes of reverse sneezing throughout their lives.

There's a great video on YouTube showing a Beagle owner's remedy to reverse sneezing by gently covering their pet's nose and mouth with one hand for 3-4 seconds, and at the same time rub the dog's neck. You can see the dog recovering very soon after this is done on both occasions of the reverse sneeze.

Note - if you're still worried about your pet or the reverse sneezing happens often, then, as always, it is best to seek the professional opinion of your local vet.

Thankyou for reading,

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