What is Reverse Sneezing, and Is It Dangerous?

February 26, 2010

Reverse sneezing in dogs and cats isn’t really a sneeze. If you’ve ever noticed your pet snorting, honking or gasping for breath, you’ve just witnessed a reverse sneeze. It is something we need to be aware of as pet owners because frequent reverse sneezing can be a symptom of other conditions that would require a vet’s attention.

A reverse sneeze, in more medical terms, is called pharyngeal gag reflex or paroxysmal respiration. This is a condition where a dog or cat will extend their neck and begin making gasping noises that sound like the pet is on their last legs. They may snort or even make honking noises all the while acting like they can’t catch their breath. Many people have done exactly what any responsible pet owner would do if they witness their dog or cat acting like they can’t breathe, and have rushed them to the vet. As life threatening as it sounds, however, a reverse sneeze is not a serious condition, and the pet will recover on its own without medical treatment.

The most common reason for a dog or cat experiencing a reverse sneezing episode is a result of something that irritated their soft palate (the soft, fleshy tissue extension off the roof of their mouth) and throat which in turn causes a spasm. In most cases, it’s nothing to worry about, but it can be upsetting when you see your dog or cat gasping for air. The irritation affects the trachea which then narrows, making it harder for the pet to get air.

To help your pet get through one of these spasms, you can gently massage their throat or cover their nose to make them swallow which should clear out whatever was irritating their throat. If that doesn’t work, you can offer them food or water, or take them outside. Holding down their tongue will help force more air into their nasal passage and can help. Just be careful the dog or cat doesn’t grab your finger in the process. The spasm is over when they stop sneezing. The pet will recover on their own even if they have an episode while no one is home. However, if your dog or cat is having attacks of reverse sneezing on a regular basis, this can indicate something else is going on, and a trip to the vet is advised.

A variety of things can cause your pet to have a spasm which results in a reverse sneeze, but a specific cause cannot always be diagnosed by a vet even for a dog or cat with a chronic problem. A dog who pulls on a leash, becomes overly excited, has been running around while playing, or eats and drinks too fast can be thrown into a reverse sneeze. Other causes include possible allergies, a dog not used to exercise, household cleaners, perfumes, air spray, dust or pollen not related to an allergy, viruses, post nasal drip, nasal cancer, nasal mites or something caught in their throat.

Signs to watch for that could indicate something more serious is causing the reverse sneezing include a discharge from the nose or a bloody nose, any kind of deformity around the nose area that doesn’t look right, a lack of appetite and energy, or any difficulty in breathing.

Boxers, Shih Tzus and dogs with flat faces have a soft palate that is stretched out more, and they can have bouts of reverse sneezing more than other breeds because they can actually suck the palate into their throat when they inhale. Smaller breeds are also more apt to be affected because they have a smaller throat. Cats don’t usually experience reverse sneezing like dogs, and if you have a cat who has bouts, it’s a good idea to have your vet check him out to make sure he doesn’t have asthma which does require treatment.

For most dogs, an attack of reverse sneezing is over in a matter of a minute or two and they will be just fine with no adverse affects at all. It looks and sounds worse than it is. It is important, however, to understand what a reverse sneeze is so you can be aware of other possible conditions that could be causing your dog or cat’s irritation if it becomes chronic. When you know what’s going on and how to deal with it, you can remain calm and help your pet instead of panicking over what appears to be a breathing problem and rushing to the vet’s office. Your vet will appreciate it, and so will your pet.

Read more articles by Linda Cole

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  1. Esther says:

    My Chihuahua is about to have her 16th birthday and i’ve noticed that the older she gets the more frequent her gasping for air ..almost always..she wakes up gasping and heavy breathing..other then this..she is very healthy

  2. Ann says:

    I have the sweetest tabby cat, Jackie,he’s 8 years old and is like my own child that means the world to me. Yesterday morning he all the sudden had a reverse sneeze and then it got better, however a few hours later he started doing it again and he hasn’t stopped since. It’s been all night long. I took him to an ER vet yesterday afternoon and she said that she thought it could be an upper respiratory infection, gave him two shots… antibiotics and steroids, of course it cost me 2 hundred dollars…since we got home and since then, he’s been doing it ever since. It did seem to stop for the time we were driving and away from the house. Which leads me to believe it is possibly something inside my home, Jackie is an inside cat and has been all his life, he was born with a crippled back leg and wouldn’t make it outside, I want to run him back up to the ER but I found this and was hoping that I could get some answers from someone who could help us. The only thing that I can think of that he was exposed to was when I was drawing and used permanent markers, the smell of them is so strong so it definitely could be that. Everything else is the same…
    please help us, the markers could of been toxic to Jackie and my heart is breaking watching him suffer. What can I do for him?

  3. Yam Shifman says:

    My 10 year old shihtzu has been reverse sneezing about every 6 hours, what should I do?

  4. What will i do if my little puppy fefei keep making noise without opening her mouth , she can’t eat nor drink .. first when i found her in her cage with her 3 siblings , she doesnt move and she’s throwing up and i pick her removed her in the cage and give her some sugar with water .. after that she gain her energy for two days , but she gets worse afterward … and i dont know what to do… all i think right now is to give her water and sometimes SABAW

    1. i says:

      For starters, DO NOT give your dog sugar. It is not good for humans, and it’s HORRIBLE for dogs. That could even be the cause of the problems, but I’m not a vet.

  5. Tammy Alferos says:

    I have a 1 year old parson’s russel and chihuahua mix. Shes been doing this for a few months every now and again. Since my other dog (a 10 year old chaweenie) does does this every now and again I just thought it was some kind of allergy. Good to know its not life threatening. Really scary when it happens but a gentle massage of their throat always seems to help. Thanks for the information.

  6. Hattie says:

    My little girl will be 9 yrs in Dec , she has had them for most of her life & I feel so bad it sounds like an asthma attack that’s what hers is like . but I rub thout & give her fresh air. It helps her.

  7. Renee Rappley says:

    My 7 year old male German Shepard husky mix has been reverse sneezing ( snorting) every other day? I can’t afford a vet trip right now and am wondering if there is any home remedies I can give him?

    1. Jelena Allen says:

      I was wondering also about a home remedy? Following!

  8. Kelly says:

    I use essential oils and I rubbed an oil on my stomach and then went to pet my dog. He immediately started reverse sneezing (honking, struggling). I felt horrible, I believe the oil was too strong and he got a whiff of it ( of course I can’t be 100%, but definitely my first thought. I felt horrible

  9. Michelle Ruize says:

    My dog has laziness lack of energy and refuses eating. She has this reverse sneezing.when she is excited over food and for no reason whatsoever.

  10. Shay says:

    what can i give my dog for a reverse sneeze? i have a 7yr old Shih Tzu and i feel so bad that he cant tell me what to do!

  11. Wayne Lawson says:

    Thanks so much for this info
    It was very helpful for us

  12. Alicia Massey says:

    My cat kept sneezing over and over right before she died. The vet put karo syrup in her mouth to get some sugar in her blood. Ten minutes after I got her home she sneezed over and over then died. Was she chocking

  13. truman says:

    this happens to my Goose. it freaks me out. I personally find if I offer her people food it calms the attack. she s a 13 year 5lb Chihuahua. it’s been more frequent recently. and she’s sneezing (not reverse) more than ever. in 13 years ive never experienced this with her. she gags for breath not all the time. frequent enough.

  14. Tina says:

    My laparza dog as been what you have described as reverse breathing but he has been doing a choking sounds coughing now for 2hours an he is in distress and I don’t no what else 2 do av give him water.rub his throat massage his belly it’s every 2 mins now x

  15. Clay says:

    Very informative and very helpful to me & my pet! Well written. Thank you !

  16. Tiara Ville says:

    My dog caught and bit a rat earlier but she did not eat it. Is it possible that she is having reverse sneezes because of it?

    1. Baca says:

      thank you so much for this information. it really helped. now I know what to do when my dog has the reverse sneezing.

  17. My dog, shitzu has trible breathing when getting groomed. Usually ok after returning home?

  18. Juan says:

    My dog is throwing up and is very skinny and its having trouble breathing what can I do to help her

    1. Julia Williams says:

      Vet ASAP!

  19. Denis says:

    I have a chocolate lab x beagle and she has done this since she was around one,she’s 3 now, we never knew what it was but we always gently rubbed her throat and it seemed to help somewhat. She actually hadn’t done this for a while now but maybe with it being April she could have allergies…so relieved to know now what has been going on.
    ….Alex, was wondering what brand of food do you get for your cat that has duck n potato,are dog has duck+potato treats and our cat likes them as much as our dog.Thanks

  20. Jackie Salisberry says:

    Great help!

    1. I had a chuiahwia who would do the same thing as your stating she had a crushed tracler i used to rub her throat gently and than she be okay yet with a crushed tracler it will continue my Rachel lived for 12 year’s with that i hope this is helpful.

      1. Noah Ramos says:

        My chihuahua is doing this too, but it’s been happening for a few days now. Will she be ok or does she need to go to the vet.

  21. Christy Ray says:

    I I have a 3 month old Jack Russell a chihuahua and he’s recently started doing this, I think. It actually resembles symptoms of distemper but he’s recently finished his vaccine and doesn’t have it. It first started the other night well he was actually asleep. It’s almost like he is trying to dry coughing pretty forcefully. It starts when when lying him down for bed and and will continue as he’s trying to go to sleep and even keep him up keep them from being comfortable. I’m on a fixed income but definitely don’t want anything to happen to him so I’m just hoping that someone has had this experience who knows what I should do or has advice

    1. Ryan A Rexrode says:

      My dog did this last night exactly as you described. Do you have any more info as I’m on the distemper trail as a possibility. Flexfloat@gmail.com please let me know anything you have after this happened!

  22. Thank you, so much for this information! You have savex well maybe not my life but my panic! It was very uncomfortable for me to see my Dotty gasping good to know shat to do in this emergent situation in my openion!! Lol she seems fine after but it terriffies me to see it and strange 3 boys and so many animal friends di did massage her throat to see if swollowing would help .. Untill now.i had no idea if it was a good.or.bad idea. Thank you, again for your help!

  23. My dog didn’t have this problem until after going to quarantine because first time vet visit the girl hit his nail that was twisted and he nipped her hand breaking the skin before rabbies shot. Because of it he had to go to quarantine for ten days and while there had all his shots and was fixed. As soon as I leave with him I notice him acting love me he’s gasping for air and runny nose. Now after reading the worse thing it could be and his symptoms I’m worried its not just allergies. He does it contanly and everyday so now I know its a lot worse. I will be calling vet today but I have no way of paying for it. I’m so scared for him and he looks miserable.

  24. Samantha Geach says:

    I have 2 dogs that reverse sneeze. A pugxbeagle and a chihuahuaxpug. They both have pretty flat faces, are elderly and overweight. I’m sure none of those things help the problem. It scares me every time. My puggle always looks so scared when it happens. I try to comfort them when it happens by rubbing their back. Next time they have an attack I will try the methods in this article to help.

  25. I rescued a chahuahua at 8 weeks from a shelter that my friend had gotten the mom
    She told me about her baby. My Tiger.my Mom had just passed away and it seems like everytime a loved one dies I end up with a rescue. This happens to me everytime I swear. Tiger is now 17 going on 18 yrs old. He has that same breathing issue. I get him thru it. Sometimes hes too hot. Or thirsty. Or has to potty but barks at me at that point. I carry him up and down stairs now. And I’ll continue furever. But hes healthy happy and runs and plays is sassy and hes gotten me thru alot as all my rescues do. I’m happy with just my animals . Unconditional Love furever.

    1. Andy says:

      It is very common in Chihuahuas.. when it happens try not to panic and just gently rub the throat.. not too hard as you could make it worse.. just very gently massage the throat and it should help.. hope this helps you…

  26. Paula Guzman says:

    Thank you for this. My God, I lost my husband a year and a half ago. Two months before he passed he and I got a beautiful dog, she is half Schnauzer/? very little.
    I saved her and now she is saving me.
    She came back in from going potty and wanted on my lap. Then suddenly she started gasping for air. It frightened me! I was crying and asking the Lord not to take my baby from me. I mean it was really bad, her pupils got big and after it was over she was exhausted.
    See when I got her I rescued her from neglect. She hadn’t had her shots and got bitten by a tick that gave her Ehrlichia. By the time I got her she was almost dead. I rushed her to the vet who told me she was almost dead with only 4% of her blood. I paid for a blood transfusion and nursed her back to life. On July 4 she will be two.
    This episode scared the tar out of me. I know with my love we will grow old together. I’m 66, if she lives 14 years then we will have lived a beautiful life together and at the age of 80 what else could I want?
    She is my first pet, I love her so very much.

  27. Julie says:

    I have a four year old terrier mix,he too started doing this.i thought he’d pass out at one point.scsres me . I hope it’s just some kind of allergies.

  28. Ronna Casey says:

    My 5 year old Pug acts like she can’t get air?? Very scary!! It’s mostly at night. The best thing I do for her is let her go out into the cold air. She finally stops gasping for air in n a short time.. it’s scary for me let alone her. Reading the post from nice people I’m finding out it out be “reverse sneezing” thanks to everyone’s post it’s so helpful.. gonna try different ways to make her and I more comfortable in her next episode Thank you,

    1. Hecihou says:

      Since pugs are brachycephalic dogs, the sneezing episodes may have something to do with her already compromised respiratory system. Definitely ask a vet if there’s anything you can do to make sure she is getting enough air and breathing correctly

  29. Lisa says:

    My jack russell is 12 years old last night started sneezing constantly and snorting over and over not as bad now but still doing it

  30. Susan says:

    I do feel a bit better now iv read about it, my dog some times has like clear stuff coming out of his nose when hes reverse sneezing & it happens a lot lately

  31. Gabriela says:

    I’ve been reading some of these comments, but it doesn’t make sense to me. Everyone commenting has small dogs. My 14 year old Border Collie does this like every month. It’s really scary with an older dog, because you feel like he’s done for each time! This article was very helpful. He really scares me sometimes.

    1. Timothy Arnold says:

      We have a Border Collie cross (with a boxer), He’s basically got a Collie shaped face and snout. He does this reverse sneezing when he has been for a good walk – towards the end of the walk, it usually happens after he has been sniffing, so I think it is a combination of 1) the energy he has used and 2) the scent of something he is reacting to. He also tends to pull on the lead so he ticks a lot of boxes! I replied to your comment as you had specifically mentioned your Collie.

  32. My dogs which is a chihuahua keeps making grunting sounds as though she’s struggling to breath she’s done this since we have had her and she is now 7 months do you think this is a reverse sneeze or something different but as soon as I pick her up and rub her throat she stops but then most times does it twice more after, I’m a bit concerned.

  33. Terri Purcell says:

    My Shih Tzus has very bad episodes of this reverse sneezing. What can I do to help the dog breathe n get over these attacks quicker I massage his throat blow air in his face it’s very scary n concerns me

    1. lun says:

      The best thing to do is open their mouth until they start breathing normally

      1. Donna says:

        I have a French bulldog that does it also, I up until just reading ur response was starting to feel bad, as I too pull his mouth to open and he immediately starts to breathe again, I certainly couldn’t sit and watch him just keep doing it till he stopped

  34. Melinda says:

    Thank you so much for the information, it is refreshing to know that my dog is OK. I was just about to take her to the vet but after reading your article it seems this is very natural due to the fact she’s a small breed. I notice she does this more when I come home and I’ve been told that it’s probably an anxiety attack, but seeing her gasp for air is never made me feel good. It’s also refreshing to know that what I’ve been doing is the right thing by rubbing her throat to calming her down which helped her slow down her breathing/relaxing and eventually stop, snorting.
    Thank you so much for all your information it was wonderful!

  35. Rosa says:

    Thank you so much for this information. I feel much better knowing this is common in dogs. My husky was chowing on his toy this morning and started gasping for air with his mouth closed. I must admit I almost started to panic taught he was chocking on something. I even open his mouth and checked his nose. I decided to make him drink, he did and he ate a little. I also took him outside. I could still see he was still trying to gasp once in awhile so i brought him inside and decided to take another look in his mouth, I pooled his thong out and lord and behold he took a breath True his nose..now he is his old self just relaxing with his mouth closed breathing normally I’m so happy this is common, but just to be sure will check with my vet this morning ty god bless

  36. Sally Goddard says:

    We have 4 cavaliers so have been accustomed to a couple of them doing this. However, our 4 year old Millie had a couple last week when pollen was high which she had never had before. She’s a sensitive soul and worries if it’s happening to the others let alone her first time last week. We’re sure she has been left traumatised by the whole event. She panicked when she drank after soon after because it went up her nose and wouldn’t attempt a bark for a few days. Yesterday another reverse sneezing episode when it was very humid and whilst gently massaging throat and covering nose we made light of it almost to the point of hardly acknowledging it so not to distress her further which didn’t help at all, she is traumatised again and very needy, following us everywhere, not barking and generally looking miserable. We did get her checked out at vet and all was healthy, and no heart murmur to date. So we’re at a loss how best to help her.

  37. Jason Webb says:

    Thanks, that was helpful, I have a 16 year old Pomeranian that have been doing the reverse sneezing about to take her to the vet, until I read this article. Thanks God bless you all

  38. Chany says:

    Thank you so much! This was super helpful!
    : )

  39. Jerry says:

    “It is something we need to be aware of as pet owners because frequent reverse sneezing can be a symptom of other conditions that would require a vet’s attention.”

    “As life threatening as it sounds, however, a reverse sneeze is not a serious condition, and the pet will recover on its own without medical treatment.”

    So what is it? a serious condition or not, make up your mind…..

    1. DJ says:

      Hence the word
      “(FREQUENT) reverse sneezing can be a symptom of other conditions that would require a vet’s attention”. So…. just ever ONCE IN A WHILE…. “a reverse sneeze is not a serious condition”..
      ID + ten +T = IdI0t

    2. Brandon says:

      Once in a while is normal. If this happens everyday, have vet check out your pet.

  40. Jaime Curtis says:

    I have a miniature Chihuahua “My Mattie Girl” and she is 6yrs I rescued her when she was only one and I have read many articles on the “reverse sneezing” this is the best article I have read in the past 5 years so someone new to reverse sneezing doing research on this should readthis article! This is more understandable and helpful than anything I’ve read. Its wrote in terms that someone like me with no medical/anatomy experience could understand. Thanks so much!!! Well explained!

  41. Marie Gilliland says:

    Thankyou, reading this information has made me feel a big relief, as I was getting really concerned. My toy poodle is nearly 4 in nov. & been happening on & off the last yr or so. But lately happening more frequently. He has brought up a clear fluid after an attack has happen during the day when I get home from work & is very excited (rarely happens). once or twice has brought up a yellow clear fluid first thing in the morning like his got something stuck in his throat. I think this must be part of it as well? As he is such a happy little dog full of energy and loves people

  42. Sharon Burns says:

    Thank you for the information. I came outside with my Yorkie Taz, it’s very windy, temp dropped and he went into the flowers in front of the house and came out like he was choking, but he was walking around. I’m glad I googled his symptoms and came across your page. It all passed as I was reading. Thank you so much!!

  43. Melissa Williams Jackson says:

    Great information!!

  44. Adriana says:

    Thanks so much little Midnight does it frequently, I get worried but she’s been fine lately. She had kittens in December don’t know if that had anything to do with it

  45. Carol says:

    Since a week at the kennel our dog is sneezing rubbing his nose on the carpet and frequent reverse sneezing. Should we be alarmed on a Sunday when we can’t take him to a vet

    1. Paula says:

      I would make sure he doesn’t have kennel cough if it persists.

  46. Shannon Dillingham says:

    Hi my cat looked like he was choking so I picked him up and put him on my bed , help his head up and blew up his nose to dislodge what was in his throat . Will he be ok or has it gone to his lung as I didn’t know what to do as he’s 4 month old .

  47. Amber Smith says:

    What’s the longest time that this normally occurs in a dog from beginning to end? And after what time should I be concern in do a vet visit

  48. Nicola says:

    Hi this was so helpful, my pug x has had a couple of these episodes lately he’s 10,but did suffer frequently when he was little up until he was a year, I think it might be my scented candles now but when he was little maybe his snout was smaller, but at the time put it down to anxiety, new home etc,
    Nicola x

  49. Terri says:

    That was so helpful! Thanks

  50. Janice says:

    I Thank you, very helpful. However, my dog did it to the point he lost footing and was laying down spread eagle. I tried to calm him by massaging him all over and under throat. It happened when I took him out for first pee pee in morning. Now he is staying close to me and I’m trying to stay calm. This has happened before but not so severe that he couldn’t stand. To me it was very serious. Hope I did right for Rascal (Cock-a-poo), I’m a wreck!

  51. Hugh says:

    This was very, very helpful, thanks!

  52. Connie mallon says:

    My beagle does the scarey breathing
    And i think hes dying thank u for you for this info

  53. Edward says:

    Thank you this was a big help to us

  54. DOnna Gaskins says:

    Thanks this was very helpful

  55. Bronwen Dodson says:

    My 6 yr old chi x did this after her extraction of 2 teeth and a clean last Tuesday. 18 months ago she had a lot of teeth extracted and didn’t have any reverse sneezing or gagging. I know how to help her but it’s upsetting. I think I may need to take her to the vet again just in case.

  56. Nan says:

    OMG…..my little Chihuahua mix just did this earlier this morning and I saw my life passing before my eyes! I thought he was either choking on his biscuit or having a seizure. I started smacking him on his back and holding him upside down, trying to do the Heimlich maneuver on him. I think he now thinks I was mad at him and hitting him because he’s acting a little traumatized. I just got him 4 weeks ago from the rescue shelter where I volunteer and he’s a little shy and under confident. I think I’ve traumatized him. I was seriously getting ready to take him to the vet. Thank you so, so very much for this article. Bullwinkle and I feel much better.

    Nan & Bullwinkle

  57. Susan says:

    So helpful to know!! I would get worried at times. Thank you

    1. Derek says:

      i am a smoker but i have been smoking around my dog since he was a pup nothing has changed he just started doing this out of no were sounds like he is coughing up a furball

      1. Jerry says:

        Derek I think it is sweet that you care about your pet, but maybe you should care about your health as well….maybe try to stop smoking.

      2. Kaylyn says:

        Shame on you for smoking anywhere near your pet! Second hand smoke affects them worse than people. I beg you to at least go outside to smoke. You are forcing your pet to inhale all those chemicals that permiate all your clothes, furniture, drapes etc. Please love your pet enough to make simple changes.

        1. Richard says:

          Thank you for this very helpful information. I too was about ready to rush my dog to the Vet.

  58. Very helpful! I feel relieved now that I know how to help and that it’s not so serious, thanks.

  59. Maggie Cutrer says:

    Great info, thanks. I have wondered about this for a long time.

  60. Alex says:

    Would just like to share my solution to ending reverse sneezing:
    After weeks and weeks of testing for illnesses and trying to find a solution, my cat’s reverse sneezing was solved by a diet change. I couldn’t believe it was so simple. I had been feeding him science diet and he developed this reverse sneezing slowly and it got worse to the point I was considering driving him to a specialist. One day I read an article that RS could be triggered by allergies to food products, immediately switched him to a brand that is limited ingredients (duck + potato) and haven’t heard a reverse sneeze since!!!!
    It really had been so stressful for me I am so relieved I wanted to share. If your vet isn’t finding a solution, check the diet and environment! Don’t believe reverse sneezing should be endured by your poor pup or kitty! Just like humans, it is not normal for them to have a chronic sneeze.

    1. Denis says:

      I have a chocolate lab x beagle and she has done this since she was around one,she’s 3 now, we never knew what it was but we always gently rubbed her throat and it seemed to help somewhat. She actually hadn’t done this for a while now but maybe with it being April she could have allergies…so relieved to know now what has been going on.
      ….Alex, was wondering what brand of food do you get for your cat that has duck n potato,are dog has duck+potato treats and our cat likes them as much as our dog.Thanks

  61. kris Traughber says:

    I am experiencing this with one of my small dogs it used to happen every now and then but has been happening like every half hour or so and seems to happen at random.he hasnt ever done this before and its just started is there something I can do to find out if something is in his throat or his nose without taking him to vet? Im very worried and to me it dont seem like hes getting air at all when he tries to take a breath he starts the attack again. Please any info is helpful, thank u

    1. Alex says:

      If your vet doesn’t find a solution (mine didn’t) Please check the home environment for allergens and try a different brand of food! If you read the labels they really put a lot of things from different animal species in pet foods (i.e it says “chicken” but when you read the label it has chicken, fish, pork liver, etc.); a switch to a limited ingredient diet where you can eliminate the food they are allergic to ended reverse sneezing for my pet!

  62. Holly Boone says:

    This was so helpful with my boxer! Thank you for the article.

  63. Danielle says:

    My Chihuahua has been doing this “reverse sneezing” for months now, and it used to be a few times a week, but now she’s been doing this a few times a day. Sometimes she will have an episode, and then stop only to turn around about 5 minutes later and have another episode. I am convinced that the cause of them is dental work she had done about 1 yr ago. She had 12 teeth pulled, and about a month after her surgery this started. My concern is that it is getting worse.

    1. Evelyn Parker says:

      I did the same thing with my shihtzu. Had all of her teeth removed except the 4 little ones that protrude in the front and ever since then she does this sneezing so hard sometimes I’m afraid she’ll break her jaw. She’s 14 now. It doesn’t last long so I grab her up and hold her until it’s over. Good luck

  64. Dannielle says:

    I have had a few dogs that have/had this problem. Lucky for me I figured out how to stop the attacks within a few seconds!!! It has worked on all three dogs even the one that did it most often and seemingly mote severe than the other two.

    All I did was (this sounds bad but is not)… I put my hand in a position that someone would do if they were going to choke someone. Then I gently press on both sides of their neck and while twill applying very little pressure pull away from them while letting go. It only takes about 1-2 seconds. But sometimes it takes 2-3 times to get them to stop. I guess I can explain it another way… Its a quick gentle squeeze like a person pondering something would do to their chin or beard. Lola. It works instantly most of the time and always works within 10 seconds!

  65. I own a female beagle who not only snores, but makes heavy breathing sounds , as well as the “reverse sneezing”, not to mention snoring while awake. She is 3 years old. When she has the reverse sneezing I coddle her, and give her comforting patting and hold her gently which helps. A lot of her other noises are for attention of some sort. I wish I knew how to read these noises so I could have her stop looking at me, as she does, with the noises making me feel guilty. She is spoiled, I admit. But she’s just too smart, or learned my reactions to her breathing “antics” I will have to call them. She doesn’t snore, or stops if I say something. An absolutely amazing and smart breed, I had no idea. She plays me like a fiddle, and knows the strings very well, mine at least.
    Do try to comfort them with the reverse sneezing. It seems to help a lot. Also, in regards to the nacho incident, the nacho can damage the pallette to some degree that can be extremely frustrating, is similar almost to a canchor, sore to a human. Oragel, or something of this nature, applied very sparingly, with a Q-Tip can help rubbed directly on the irritated. area only. I hope this helps

  66. My Chihuahua has had a bad spell of reverse sneezing today she’s not a usual self just laying on the settee just like we do when we have a cold, sometimes I cover her nostrils, this seems to help with the reverse sneezing, but today is a little bit concerned should I take her to the vet

  67. mitchel says:

    I think this is a great article on sneezing I have 2 boston terriers and my youngest is actually sneezing like we do alot lately he is short of breath I’m worried it could be something more than allergies

  68. Brendan Graber says:

    My 13 years old dog is having reverse sneeze, and I noticed a little bit of blood coming from both nostrils, am taking her to the vet for precautions.

    1. Ramiza says:

      This happened to my 1 yr old chihuahua earlier today, i was freaking out, he was having an episode of reverse sneezing, it was very bad, at the end there was a lil bit blood on his nostrils. idk if that’s normal? he’s fine now, i need to get him some Benadryl, he’s been having frequent reversed sneezing, i hope the benadryl helps!

  69. Karen Griffin says:

    Thank you for this informative and reassuring article. My dog reverse sneezes when she gets excited and sometimes after playing especially hard. It is worrisome to see her gasping for air, and I will definitely try the techniques mentioned here the next time it happens.

  70. Thank you so much for your clear concise and very understandable exclamation this is the second time I read it as I have a bichon who had breathing problems since she was about 2 years old I’m taking her to the vet so many times she is 14 now and going through some other health issues but just this morning is having one of those and coerce them into it

  71. ronaldo says:

    Great article about reverse sneezing

  72. Monica Rubio says:

    My dog Snickers is 10 years old. It worries me that it is more than that. I need to find an affordable vet. 🙁

  73. sadie says:

    Thank you so much for posting this, you’ve helped immensely!!!!

  74. Natalie Mora says:

    Thank you so much, I have a 1 1/2 year old Shih Tzu and he just had an episode and has had multiple in the pack which freak me the heck out every single time, I’m glad to know now that he’s not dying on me Lol! Thank you!

  75. Una mc elhone says:

    Thank you so much . My jack Russell just had a reverse sneeze it was really frightening !! I had just sprayed the room with air freshener & she run in after me . Guess what ? Tin is now in bin . Now I’m on alert 2 c if she does it again . Can’t thank u enough .

  76. Ginger Wardlaw says:

    Thank you for this information. My ShiPoo is 12 and he worries me that he is getting too old. He has poor dental health and doesn’t eat well anymore and then he started this tonight. I was wondering and monitored him while looking this up and it was over before I could finish. it was way different thab when he was about to (pardon me) throw up on my bed which happens with small dogs I have ownd for years. I will keep an eye on it just in case. Thanks for easing my mind.

  77. T. Gonce says:

    Thank You so Much for this info…. I have been terrified about her not being able to breeth…I’ve had her the the Vet twice an that was $300.00 wasted for nothing….an they still couldn’t tell me a thing…Thank You again…She is all I have…

    1. I take my 4 legged baby to the SPCA in my area for their vet services. I cant say enough good things about them. They don’t pad the bill with un-needed test only to find out it is something as simple as watch the carpet sprays and perfume/powder their little noses are always on the floor causes them to start the reversed sneezes.

  78. Rhonda says:

    Thank you so much. This article helped me and my Australian shepherd. He would go out and play in my back yard and dig holes and come inside reverse sneezing like crazy. He looked like he was choking or going to sick-up something. I thought something was stuck in his nose or throat. I tried giving him drinks but he refused. After reading your article and discussing it with a friend she said try an ice cube. My dog loved it and it helped clear his pallet thank you again.

  79. Jm adriano says:

    Thank you so much! Now Danilo sleep well. God bless!

  80. marie mac says:

    Hi! I am in urgent need of an answer or some help in finding an answer! Our dog ate a nacho chip around 6:40 pm on Monday, which was yesterday, and at first he started choking and couldn’t breathe, so I googled how to do the hymlich on dogs and went ahead with it. It worked to where he started breathing, but then started acting like it was stuck in the back of his throat and wouldn’t go down, and later started sneezing while shaking his head back and forth and hitting his face on the ground, and meanwhile, therewas some blood that came out! I thought he was better after he finally drank some water, but then about an hour later, he was doing it again! 🙁 What does that mean, and is it Serious enough to take him in? He weighs about 97 pounds and is a 13 yr old chocolate lab mixed with chesapeak bay. Please let me know ASAP! That would be great! Thanks! 🙂

  81. jacqui pattison says:

    Hi my Weimaraner bitch has Allergies, I gave her Cetirizine Hydrochloride made by Cipla. It caused her to have a “Reverse Sneezing Episode” I rubbed her throat
    & put her in her crate, within minutes she had her very first Eplilectic Seizeure. So far haven’t found any side effects linked to the medicine as is widely used on dogs. Wondering if you think the “Reverse Sneezing” could of brought it on ??? She has had 2 Anaphylactic episodes in last 5yrs she is now 8yrs.

    1. Rhonda says:

      My cat had alergic areactions that were so bad that we would have to drop her at the vets before she got any immunization and they would give her Benadryl and an IV bag of fluid for a few hours for every time we had another booster. The first time that Teek was at vet she had a seizure and I was so scared. Vet said all I could do was to be aware of allergies and keep medicine close at hand. Good luck.

  82. Tiffany says:

    ***Please HELP***
    I’m the loving owner of a jackchi (Jack Russell chihuahua mix). She’s almost 5 months but has started making these extreme noises (snorting, grunting, gasping for air) sounds during her sleep. It’s happening more and I’m concerned. I’m not sure if she’s always done this but I’m just aware of it as if a few weeks ago. I adopted her when she was 2 months old. I had a shih tzu poodle mix before and she did the reverse sneezing but I learned how to lightly pinch her nose and it stopped. What my dog is doing now I’m NOT familiar with and it really bothers me. Just today she’s done it 2x while sleeping once it woke me up. No discharge, bleeding, mucus etc just the very strange and scary noises

  83. my chihuahua snorts like he gets air caught in his throat i think thats what its is but it might be asma or excitment

  84. Barb Smith says:

    I have a Maltese/Pom and she does this all the time. Every day several times a day. She acts like she is choking and cannot breath. Like a flap of skin is covering her airway or something. It really bothers me. I have tried the messaging her throat and nothing changes. I don’t know what it is. She does the honking noise and can’t breath through her nose. But also through her mouth too. Scares me to death.

    1. Jane says:

      Cover her nostrils until she stops. My chihuahua does this and i put my fingers on his nose holes and it forces air through his mouth and opens his throat and it stops.
      Just takes a few seconds usually.

  85. Christine Gutierrez says:

    Thank you sooo much for your valuable information. I am very grateful for all of this information. Every time it would happen to my baby chihuahua I would go into panic mode and near tears watching her gasp for air. I would also think that this would be her last breath and fear the worse. Praise God and your article, now I have a name for it and that she WILL be ok. Whew, thanks again, truly all of this was greatly appreciated!

  86. Frank Cristalli says:

    Very informative article, it is exactly what our dog is doing. Thank you!!

  87. Laurie Ruble says:

    My cat doing this honking and she never done this before. I was using raid bug spray around my house to get rid of carpet beetles. So this is my 2nd cat who got allergy to this

    1. Karen says:

      Be careful with bug spray around animals, it can have a negative effect on them, as you have mentioned here. My sister ended up accidentally killing her guinea pig because she had a fly problem and sprayed bug spray excessively in her apartment. (a relatively small space, but even when I would visit her, the air was pretty thick with fumes) It was really sad. Poor Guinea pig.

  88. Becky says:

    Thank you for this post I nearly died when I heard my 14 week old collie do this she had such a hissy fit after it happened running around barking

  89. Jess says:

    My Boxer bull pup started doing this and she seemed to panic more than me, but by trial and error without knowing what it was, I would massage her throat and softly blow on her nose. This would stop it immediately. She actually looks for me now when she starts to “reverse sneeze” so I can help her through it. After it started happening more often i did the research, and I’m glad to know what it is, and that she is ok.

  90. Sarah says:

    Thanks for this! You cured my freak out.

  91. Lesley says:

    I have a black lab mix and the first time she did this, I freaked out…recorded it. Next trip to Vet I played it and she said “reverse sneeze” immediately. Living in Nevada, a lot sage brush can affect your pets…Vet recommended a Benadryl if the sneezes become more frequent. Could just be allergies. I also rub her throat and remain calm so she doesn’t panic because I panic. She’s healthy, happy and occasionally makes a bizarre noise 🙂

  92. Thanks for this article. I was wondering what was wrong with my dog. He just started this today. I wont worry so much now. But will keep an eye on him.

  93. Anonymous says:

    Im so glad i read this i almost passed out when my 2month old yorkie was doing jus this. …..he did it and then continued to play like normal 🙂

  94. Anonymous says:

    I have a half boston terrier half pit bull, my frequently has reverse sneezing attacks. They only last a min or 2 but sometimes he will have 5 a day. Sometimes none. He does not have any discharge from his nose, eats regular and is full of energy! Should i be alarmed?

  95. sneezing says:

    I never heard how cats sneeze