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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Sunday's "Living With Your Pet" Tips: Recognize Your Pet's "Reverse Sneezing"


        Fabulous photo of me by John Clark of Clark Creative

This recent article by Dr. Karen Becker caught our eye...well, it really caught Parental Unit's eye because I do a lot of sneezing, particularly when I'm excited. And she wanted to make sure that I wasn't "reverse sneezing", which is potentially dangerous.

According to Dr. Becker, "in a regular sneeze air is pushed out through the nose. In a reverse sneeze, air is pulled rapidly and noisily in through the nose." And both are "more or less a normal event for most dogs, particularly smaller and brachyceophalic dogs, although it's good to know how to recognize a reverse sneeze. If reverse sneezing becomes a chronic problem for your pet and/or or episodes are becoming more frequent or lasting longer, it's a good idea to make an appointment with your vet. Of course, if such events are accompanied by "bloody or yellow discharge from the nose or any other respiratory problems," get thee to a veterinarian!

Parental Unit and I watched the video of an Italian Greyhound during a reverse sneezing episode that accompanies this article, and quickly determined that I sometimes have a case of the regular sneezies.

Take a quick look at this video below...


We hope you all enjoy your Sunday!

7 comments:

A MilShelb Mom said...

We have this problem sometimes, but it is usually when we get too excited too quickly! Our Mom appreciates the warning and will keep her eyes out for us!
~Milly and Shelby

Mitch and Molly said...

Angel Maggie used to do something kinda like that but so far, we never have. Thank you for this wonderful info, Bocci!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Priscilla Phang said...

Thanks for sharing this info. Eva does sneeze sometimes and now we will keep an eye on her. Thanks again.

Maggie Cooper said...

Maggie gets the reverse sneeze, it can be a trait in beagles. When she does, our vet trained us to stroke her neck backwards to help her calm down and breath normal. Thanks for sharing this article, a lot of people do not know about a reverse sneeze.

GizmoGeodog said...

Never heard of reverse sneezing before...now i know what to look for ...thanks for the info

Bocci said...

We're so glad this information was helpful-it was for us, too!

Peggy Frezon said...

Kelly does something like this but I can't tell if it's a reverse sneeze or not. It seems sort of like she's got something dry in her throat. It happens once in a while.

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