October 28, 2021

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Reverse Sneezing in Dogs: Should I Be Worried With My Dog’s Weird Sneeze?

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Have you ever wondered what that funny sound your dog makes when they sneeze? Reverse sneezing in dogs can be alarming if you have never experienced it before, but luckily, it’s not quite as scary as it sounds!

Reverse sneezing occurs primarily in dogs and much less frequently in cats. Here’s what you need to know about reverse dog sneezing and what you can do to help stop the reverse sneezing.

What Is Reverse Sneezing in Dogs?
Reverse sneezing, or a “backward sneeze,” can occur if a dog’s soft palate becomes irritated. The soft palate of a dog is the muscular area of the back of the roof of the mouth that assists with vocalization, swallowing, and breathing.

Often times this is caused by environmental allergies, and most times isn’t terrible concerning – although it is incredibly funny to try and recreate the sound yourself!

Reverse sneezing sounds like the dog is actually inhaling their sneezes, hence how the name “reverse sneezing” came about. It’s a loud snorting sound that can sometimes sound like a goose honking.

If possible, take a video of the episode to show your veterinarian, and if you have any concern that your dog may be choking, call your vet immediately.

Source: Ultimate Pet Nutrition

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