How do you stop an episode of reverse sneezing?

Our question this week was:

How do I get my dog to stop an episode of reverse sneezing?


Patty O.


Hi – thanks for your email. A reverse sneeze is something particular to dogs. In a regular sneeze, your dog pushes air out through the nose; however, in a reverse sneeze, air is pulled rapidly in through the nose producing a noisy inspiratory effort.

I have an article about it on our site – go to Reverse Sneezing in Dogs. The article says it well – but this is what it looks like:

To Stop a Reverse Sneezing Episode – you can try the following:

Some dogs have reverse sneezing episodes so frequently that various medications may be needed to reduce their frequency.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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