Reverse sneezing is a sudden, involuntary respiratory reflex in dogs. It occurs when the soft palate gets irritated.
Reverse sneezing can occur in any dog breed, but it's more common in brachycephalic dogs like Boxers, Bulldogs, Pugs, and Shih Tzus.
While reverse sneezing can sound alarming, it isn’t a painful or harmful condition. Occasional episodes are generally considered normal and not a health concern.
Reverse sneezing sounds like the dog is inhaling their sneezes. It’s a loud snorting sound that can sometimes sound like a goose honking.
Causes of reverse sneezing include allergies, household products, overexcitement, exercise intolerance, objects in the throat, nasal mites, and elongated soft palate.
Vets diagnose reverse sneezing through a thorough history, physical examination, and possibly additional tests like a chest x-ray or a sedated oral.
Generally, reverse sneezing does not require treatment. In frequent or severe cases, your vet may prescribe medications to treat the underlying cause.