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Q: Reverse sneezing

September 13, 2011 | By Terrica | 3 answers | Expired: 1060 days ago

We just adopted a year old shepherd blend from a shelter and on the 6 day he started this reverse sneezing, it only happen once at night. Then on the 10th day we were up most the night with him. I was thinking asthma. The vet said that he might have mites in his nasal passage and put him on something to kill the mites. But they didn’t put him on any antibiotics, Should they have??? He is still having attacks but they are not as long as they have been, and now they are happening during the day time also.. I rub his neck and just talk to him to calm him down, I try to get him to drink water but he won’t. They also said to pull his tongue out. LOL He wouldn’t let me do that.. Is there anything else I can do for him? Its killing me to see him go thought it.
If thing don’t change by Thursday night he going to a different Vet..

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Jillian
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Sep 14, 2011

The only time you'll need antibiotics for mites is when the mites have been around long enough to create an infection. Chances are your vet is following protocol and if it is mites, the meds he's on now will clear it up.

Unless you have other reasons not to trust your vet, I would return to that vet if the problem persists. This is b/c vets will start at the most common causes first rather than racking up a large bill for you with several pointless tests. Vets who do insist on many tests right off the bat are in it for the money, so your vet probably has your and your dog's best interests at heart.

Once your vet is able to cancel out some of the more common reasons, only then will they look into something less common. This is a good thing though. There's likely a very simple answer to explain the reverse sneezing and staying with this vet for now is probably the quickest route to finding out what it is. If you reach the point where you feel you're getting nowhere, then consider a second opinion. However, if you want to know what's going on faster, please tell your vet you'd like to go after the cause more aggressively, but keep in mind that aggressively does mean more costly.

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Kelly
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Sep 17, 2011

Antibiotics usually aren't called for with reverse sneezing. Many dogs suffer from this. I have one who does it regularly. She's been checked out and has no medical problems, but she reverse sneezes several times a day. I used to think she was going to choke to death until I understood what was going on. It looks and sounds a lot more disturbing than it is. Sometimes it may be caused by allergies, inflammation, or some nasal irritant, but in most cases there doesn't really seem to be a cause. It usually subsides on its own within a couple of minutes, usually less, but if its a particularly bad episode, massaging the throat, pulling the tongue, or closing off the nasal passages temporarily will stop it. Also making them swallow by giving food or water can stop it. There are some cases that are severe enough to warrant medication to control it, but they're rare. Reverse sneezing is harmless for the most part.

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Ches21
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Sep 14, 2011

I would say take him to a diffrent vet also when you take him ask about antibiotics and also ask about the possiblity of a collapsing treakia When my dog gets excited she has a backwards sneeze she is a rat terrier and the vet said this is one of the signs of a collapsing treakia there is surgery for it the Skitters can live just fine with it and so can all other dogs but they will have a shorter life span with out the surgery, but just make sure you ask about a collapsing treakia!

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