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Is my dog having an asthma attack? The reverse sneeze.

So a few weeks ago my dog randomly began acting very odd, he began making strange noises and seemed as though he may be struggling to breathe or choking. The best way I can describe it is as if he was having some kind of asthma attack. Worried, I turned to google and youtube where I discovered the reverse sneeze.

Reverse sneezing which is also known as backward sneezing or inspiratory paroxysmal respiration is more common in smaller and flatter faced dogs, episodes of reverse sneezing can cause distress to dog owners, like me, but in the majority of cases, it is not harmful.

When a reverse sneeze is taking place the dog will make rapid and long inhalations, stand still, and extend its head and neck.

Believed to be caused by some kind of irritation, the dog will usually stop after a short time. But there are things you can do to help speed up the process and move the sneezing along.

How to help stop a reverse sneeze

Stay calm and let it pass

It will most likely pass on its own, so stay calm, don't stress your dog out by being stressed yourself.

Massage

To help stop the sneeze you can try gently massaging your dog's throat.

Cover their nose

Temporarily block their nostrils, encouraging them the chance to swallow and clear the irritant.

When to seek medical help?

If the sneezing becomes more regular, or you are just worried it’s important to seek professional help from your vet.

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