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When Your Dog Starts Heaving And Coughing, Don’t Freak Out…Read This First

We’re all worried about our pets’ health. They are, after all, our furry children, and we want them to be as safe and happy as can be. But sometimes, we can get a little overprotective of them, worrying about a little kitten sneeze or one too many yawns from our pup. It’s good to keep an eye on them, but think about all the times you sneeze during allergy season, or cough when you breathe in a bit of dust our pets are no different!

There’s one thing pups do that we don’t, though, and that’s reverse sneeze. It’s exactly what the name suggests, but it sounds much worse in person. In reality, this phenomenon is usually not that bad for your dog. So before you freak out, read this!

Technically, it’s called inspiratory paroxysmal respiration.

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In other words, it’s a series of rapid inhalations resulting from irritation or excitement…so, it’s pretty much a regular sneeze, just backwards.

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This is what it sounds like:

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It happens most often in dogs with broad, short skulls, like pugs or bulldogs, and in small dogs.

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Allergens, intolerance to exercise, a collar that’s too tight, and excitement are common triggers.

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While episodes usually pass within a few minutes, you can do a few things to help with any discomfort your dog may be experiencing by massaging her neck, or even pinching the nostrils closed to help regulate breathing.

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If your pooch seems to have a chronic case of the reverse sniffles, however, it could be a sign that there is a more alarming medical issue at hand.

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If this goes on for more than a minute or two at a time, or more frequently than what seems like an acceptable amount of sneezing…that’s when you should consult your veterinarian. But if it’s just the occasional reverse sneeze, this is totally normal. No need to worry! Just remain calm to show your dog that there’s no need for them to become agitated.