Is anyone familiar with reverse sneezing in dogs? If you do not know what it is, please watch this video so you will know what I am writing about.
This can be a very scary thing when you first encounter it. Both of my beagles do this from time to time. The first time it happened to Kobi I didn’t know what to think! The episode didn’t last long, so I was not completely panicked. I was immediately on the internet trying to figure it out. I was able to before having to go to my next step, which would have been calling my vet. I had seen this happen with my sister’s beagles also. In the video below, Dr. Karen Becker discusses this.
She discusses how this does not normally happen in cats, and also how it is more common to small breed dogs, probably because they have smaller throats and windpipes. I have never had it happen with my golden retrievers. My beagles occasionally do it after eating (always scary because I am afraid they are choking). I have also seen it happen when they pull on the leash (which is why we now only walk them with harnesses, not by their collars). Sometimes Cricket just gets overly excited on a walk also and that will trigger it. I’ve also seen it happen for no apparent reason!
The important thing I have had to learn here is to stay calm with them. They do tend to freak out a little bit (beagles are very sensitive!). I will try rubbing their throat or pinching their nose for a second to try to stop it, as she mentions in the video. This sometimes helps, but not always. I just talk to them in a quiet soothing voice, and they get through it fine. The concern to watch for here is if the episodes become chronic, more frequent, or longer in duration. So far we’ve had none of that with ours, thank goodness.
This is a great thing to be familiar with if you have a small breed dog. If you are aware ahead of time, it can save you on some stress! However, as always, if you still are worried about it, take your dog to the vet, to be sure. We often say in this household of four dogs and two cats, that peace of mind can sometimes be expensive. However, it is actually priceless!