(Pharyngeal Gag Reflex)
Reverse sneezing is a common phenomenon in dogs.
In a regular sneeze, your dog pushes air out through the nose; however, in
a reverse sneeze, air is pulled rapidly into the nose. Episodes of reverse
sneezing are characterized by repeated spasms of sucking air inward
through the nose, several times. During a reverse sneeze, your dog will
make rapid and long inspirations, stand still with his elbows spread
apart, extend his head, and his eyes may bulge. He’ll make a loud snorting
sound, which might make you think he has something caught in his throat.
and during this time. Each reverse sneezing episode generally lasts for
one to two minutes, and then the dog appears completely normal. Most
episodes seem to happen when the little dog gets excited and start
breathing rapidly or when he first goes out into cold outside air. If you
distract the dog, pick him up, stroke his throat or otherwise get his
attention, the sound usually stops at once, leaving absolutely no after
An episode can be stopped if the dog is stimulated to swallow by either massaging the throat or briefly pinching off the nasal openings. Some dogs have reverse sneezing episodes so frequently that various medications may be needed to reduce the number of episodes.
The exact reasons for these episodes are unknown but may be related to allergies, nasal irritants or nasal inflammation. A reverse sneeze may look disturbing – many people fear that their dog is not breathing during these episodes – but it is not a harmful condition and there are no ill effects. Reverse sneezing attacks are generally quite brief and not life threatening.
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