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Q: Is canine inverted sneezing dangerous?

March 10, 2009 | By Anne S. | 5 answers | Expired: 2016 days ago

Is canine inverted sneezing dangerous?

Occassionally we see shelter dogs who have an episode of inverted sneezing. Is it dangerous and how can we help ease the sneeze?

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Zuzudarwin
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Mar 10, 2009

I'm a veterinarian, and we have clients who call all the time about reverse sneezing. It is just due to intermittent irritation to the nasal passage(s). The only time it would be of concern is if it continues constantly, if blood comes out, if swelling occurs, because this could indicate inhalation of something harmful (like a grass awn). I have always tried to soothe my dogs when they do it as the inability to catch one's breath is always frightening.

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Dewitt G.
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Mar 10, 2009

I have no answer, but did google reverse sneezing and ran across this link that includes a couple of videos -
www.petplace.com/dogs/reverse-sneezing-in-dogs/page1.aspx

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Jamie M.
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Mar 10, 2009

Reverse sneezing is rarely a sign of anything severe. Most of the time it doesn't require any treatment, it will usually go away on its own. If it becomes a chronic problem, a vet visit can't hurt to rule out problems with nasal passages though.

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