Dog Owner’s Nightmare, or Harmless Condition? A Closer Look at the Reverse Sneeze

A close-up of a small dog sneezing

Confusing. Frightening. Shocking. Terrible. These are just a few words to describe the sounds of a reverse sneeze. In fact, the sounds of this symptom can be so terrifying that after hearing it the first time, some dog owners seek emergency medical care (often in the middle of the night).

While it can be directly related to something that requires treatment, the reverse sneeze condition is often spontaneous with an unknown cause.

It’s Idiopathic

The reverse sneeze condition, also called “inspiratory paroxysmal respiration”, is common in dogs (particularly brachycephalic breeds), less so in cats. If the owner is unfamiliar with the condition, it can sound like the animal is struggling to breathe. 

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Scratch and Sneeze: Understanding Pet Allergies

Godspeed_iStock_000009666900_MediumDid you know that pets can suffer from allergies, just like us? Pet allergies are more common than previously thought – in fact, about 10% of all canines struggle with some type of allergy. When your pet suffers from allergies, his or her immune systems will respond by going into overdrive. This hyper-reaction can cause sneezing, but is more often expressed through dermatological distress, such as red, itchy skin, hair loss, and ear infections.

Determining the source of pet allergies can be difficult. Common allergens can include grass, fleas, pollen, dust, mites, and even food. So, what are the types of pet allergies and what can be done to help a sneezing dog or a wheezing cat? Continue…