Inspiratory paroxyalal breathing or ‘reversed sneezing’, a quick short inhalation of a lot of air, is in principle not a problem. It sounds like a repeated, persistent snore. It sounds strange, but it is very normal
An irritation to the soft palate and the keelingang provokes this reaction. The function of reverse cutting may be the movement of mucus from the pharynx above the soft palate to the pharynx under the soft palate, where it can then be swallowed.
Causes sneezing inverted
This can be caused by an allergy to pollen or grasses, nasal inflammation, fleas, a viral disorder or the inhalation of a foreign object such as a dust or seed.
This inverse form of sneezing becomes serious when there is excessive discharge from the nose or your dog gets a bloody nose. A sleepy posture, reduced appetite and difficult breathing also indicate a problem.
When it comes to sporadic inspiratory paroximal breathing, you can try to help your dog swallow. This can be triggered by squeezing the nose or massaging the throat or allowing your dog to eat and drink.
If it is a chronic condition, then you and your dog are better off with medication prescribed by the veterinarian. Do you have further questions? Then ask Inge, our veterinary assistant.
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Cause and treatment :
Reverse Sneezing is often caused by irritation of the mucous membrane in the pharynx above the soft palate. This creates a kind of cramping condition of the muscles in the pharynx. You can recognize Reverse Sneezing from a rattling or snoring sound. It usually occurs when the dog is excited, but sometimes also after drinking, eating, running or pulling on the leash. A typical attack takes a few seconds, but some dogs suffer from it for a few minutes and usually a few times a day.
You can cancel Reverse Sneezing by rubbing the throat or keeping the nostrils closed until the dog swallows. Light can also help to blow the face of the dog.
In some cases, other issues may play a role, such as allergies or irritants (pollen, smoke, perfume), a blade of grass in the nose or even an inflamed molar. In those cases, you could best bring the dog to the vet. If the dog has such attacks on a regular basis, the veterinarian can try Antihistamine to see if the symptoms are diminishing. When Reverse Sneezing comes up close after the nose tick against kennel cough, an Antibiotic treatment is recommended.
Most dogs that occasionally have an attack can live fine with this, because Reverse Sneezing is generally a non-malignant condition in which medical supervision is (usually) not necessary. However, it is important not to confuse Reverse Sneezing with a narrowing of the trachea or a heart defect. It is therefore important to have your dog examined by the veterinarian if in doubt.