Reverse Sneezes
#1
Mattie is the only dog I have ever had that reverse sneezes. Usually it is five or six sneezes and in the time she has been with me (almost two years) she has only had half a dozen episodes at most. This morning was different. Mattie had three rather long episodes with only about a half a minute break in between. She was clearly distressed and her heart was pounding. I didn't know what to do so I just sat on the floor holding her until it stopped. Mattie has been fine for the rest of the day and isn't acting any differently then she normally would.

Has anyone had experience with this? I found a video online from a vet that said to help stop an episode you can gently wrap your hand around the dog's muzzle (to keep their mouth closed) and put a finger over one nostril. Has anyone tried this?

Of course she had to do this on Sunday when my vet is closed. I'm planning to give them a call tomorrow morning.
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#2
Ember reverse sneezes all the time, and it's usually one or two episodes a few seconds apart. Longest I've seen her go was half a minute total, but this happens every few days. We are also in pollen season here. Sometimes we just sneeze together.
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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
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#3
I have seen it but usually with smaller breeds. Yes I was also told to do something similar, cover the nostrils with my fingers. It works
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#4
It has been really windy the past two days and I have been miserable. We also have had an unusual amount of rain so lots of weeds that we don't normally get. It was just so stressful to see Mattie continue sneezing over and over without any relief. And I could see she was about ready panic.

I think I will giver her 1/2 a Benadryl tonight before bed. It can't hurt and it might help.
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#5
I gave my Golden Benadryl when he was itchy. He had seasonal allergies. He was my high maintenance blond, lol
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#6
Yea that's a good plan in my opinion at least. Just after a few sneezes Ember's heart pounds. She looks bewildered for a second then relaxes, but it takes a while for her heart to calm down. If you think about what a sneeze really does to the heart, it makes sense. And I know if I've sneezed more than two or three times in a row it scares me too - that stuff hurts inside!
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#7
Thank you for the replies. The episodes this morning really scared me because Mattie was so distressed. Tasha has a class tomorrow very close to my vet so I will take Mattie in if the vet thinks it is necessary.

Quirkydog, thank you for the information. I'll try holding her muzzle and covering a nostril if we have issues in the future. And I love "high maintenance blond". Giggle My GSD was my high maintenance dog, I was always trying to figure out how to control his allergies.
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