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    Hey there,

    As anyone ever had a problem with reverse sneezing (even if it includes panicking and taking your dog to the vet straight away )? I had a scare with it last night when Leo started to do it. He scared himself too, I think. Wouldn't leave my side all night, and didn't once try to sleep on his back like I'm sure he wanted to (he usually sleeps like that).

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    Reverse sneezing, also known as goosehonking, is very common in Pugs and brachy breeds in particular.

    Save yourself some money, it doesn't need vet treatment.

    It is thought to be the soft palate and irritants that trigger it. When an irritant lodegs in the airway near the palate or the soft palate partially blocks the airway, the dog reverse snorts to move it or the foreign matter.

    Pugs commonly do this. I ignore them usually or just gently pat them. If they are doing it excessively over a period of time I will offer a drink as this tends to settle the palate and wash any irritants away.

    People often recommend holding their nose to force them to swallow but I feel if it is the softpalate and it is partially blocking the airway, you are only going to panic the dog by preventing it from breathing through the nose!

    A dog will not die nor stop breathing because of this. In the event that they did lose consciousness for whatever reason, the fact that they are relaxed would normally help the soft palate to lay flat again anyway.
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    I wasn't going to go to vet after I researched what it was

    The only issue that I had with it is that Leo frightened himself with it. He wasn't himself all night. Also, after being outside all day, I find that he has done it once this morning, and I just heard him do it again? Would this be a cause for concern?

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    Not neccessarily. It could be that he has something irritating his soft palatee. Dirt, dust, a spec of something.

    If he becomes depressed, stops eating or drinking, starts to vomit or drool, has a discharge from the nose or eyes or anything else that is out of the norm I would take him to the Vet and have it checked.

    I have seen a few Pugs that get a bit stressed by it too but most are ok. Just calmly pat him when it is happening. If you stress, he will sense the stress in you and be stressed as well.
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    Thanks Anne

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    my Leo (heheh) does this too. Sometimes every day, sometimes only every few days, but often. He did seem a bit freaked the first time it happened (As was I) It kinda looks like his ribs are sucking in as he does it (Does that make sense? You have seen what i mean?) I find gently rubbing his throat helps alot and stops it in pretty much seconds. Now he isnt so freaked by it and just looks at me with his head lifted slighted all the while still goose honking (As if he is saying mum! Its happening again, help please!) I rub his thoat, it stops and he runs off the play again.

    I have heard of dogs having their palate shortened in more severe cases (But im sure that was due to other things relating to the palate also... cant remember for the life of me though)

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    Thanks for that, leo01. Yeah, I do know what you're talking about. First time I saw it, I thought something was happening to his lungs. Like they were being crushed or something similar. Quite freaky the first time.

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    I really wish I had seen this thread before we took our Roxy to the vet thinking she is going to choke on something. 250 $$ later....

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    It's been there waiting since 2009...

    Frosty had the hiccups, she often got the hiccups as a puppy - but this was a bit older - so I thought - I wonder if the surprise thing works...

    !!! B O O O O !!!

    It does.

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    My Chihuhua /JRT cross Pookie has always done this, normally when she has sniffed up some sand or seeds lol.

    Its nothing to worry about at all, unless it keeps going on and on and on, then I would advise vet trip for anti histamine.

    But Pookie nine times out of ten normally clears it herself in about 10 mins or so, only once in 7 years did it require vet trip because she just could not clear it, so anti histamine did the trick that one time : )

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