Dog lovers wishing to acquire breeds with flat faces or Brachycephalic breeds like Boxers, English Bulldogs, and Pugs should be ready to deal with reverse sneezing.

This condition, officially termed as pharyngeal gag reflex or paroxysmal respiration is a condition where a dog needs to extend their necks and begin honking, snorting or gasping for breath.

This is because Brachycephalic breeds have soft palates that are sucked into their throats when they inhale.



Flat-faced dogs like this Boxer are prone to reverse sneezing. Image by boxerdogmadness from Pixabay 

Smaller dog breeds are also bothered by reverse sneezing due to their smaller throats.

While reverse sneezing is not in itself something to worry about, it can be alarming for dog owners who are not familiar with this condition. It can also be a symptom of something more serious that will need your veterinarian’s help.

It is commonly caused by something that irritated your dog’s soft palate and throat that affects the trachea, which in turn narrows and make it harder for your dog to breathe.

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It may be caused by leash pulling,  or eating or drinking too fast, and overexcitement. But it may also be indicative of allergies, being caused to exercise too much when unfit, sniffing of household cleaners, viruses, nasal mites, or something caught in their throats.

At worst, it is indicative of cancer. Most dogs usually recover from reverse sneezing on their own.

To help your dog clear out whatever its throat, you can massage it or cover her nose to induce her to swallow. You can also give it food or water.

If that doesn’t help and reverse sneezing continues for a lengthy period, it’s best to bring her to a veterinarian.

If your dog is experiencing reverse sneezing, Adam Christman will show you how to stop it without medication through the following YouTube video:



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