Help! My Dog Is Reverse Sneezing

Help! My Dog Is Reverse Sneezing

Who knew dogs could honk? That’s probably what you thought the first time you heard it. Well, it’s called reverse sneezing and you’re about to learn all about it.

What is reverse sneezing and why does it happen?

Reverse sneezing happens when your dog sneezes by inhaling air rather than exhaling it. In other words, your dog is sneezing inwards. This phenomenon is sometimes called paroxysmal respiration and usually occurs due to irritation in your dog’s pharynx, i,e the area between the nose and throat due to allergens, foreign objects, or postnasal drip. This can also happen if your dog is over-excited, or if your dog has a respiratory infection.

Reverse sneezing sounds

Reverse sneezing can sound like honking, wheezing, snorting, and sometimes choking. It can sometimes be followed by hacking. Usually, reverse sneezing is over before usual fits of coughing or choking, and veterinary consultation is not necessary.

When reverse sneezing is caused by a respiratory infection, it is typically accompanied by other symptoms such as nasal discharge, coughing, decreased appetite and energy level, and regular sneezing.


There’s no cure for reverse sneezing or need to try to figure out how to stop it because the problem solves itself. It is harmless and ends quickly. If your dog is uncomfortable, gentle strokes will help him to relax, you can also cover one nostril with your hands. If the problem persists, consult your vet about possible underlying conditions such as allergies which may trigger reverse sneezing.

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