the chihuahua puppy in this video is experiencing a classic episode of reverse sneezing. it might look and sound concerning, but it’s usually harmless and often seen in small breed dogs.
what is reverse sneezing?
reverse sneezing is quite common in chihuahuas. it is also known as mechanosensitive aspiration reflex, inspiratory paroxysmal respiration, and pharyngeal gag reflex. it is caused by a spasm of the throat and soft palate that is triggered by an irritation to the throat, pharynx, or laryngeal area.
in a regular sneeze, air is pushed out through the nose. in a reverse sneeze, air is pulled rapidly and noisily in through the nose. you might think your chihuahua is choking or having a respiratory attack as the sound that occurs with reverse sneezing is sudden and startling. don’t panic, your chihuahua will be okay.
however, if you are concerned that your chihuahua has a health problem, you can review these common signs and symptoms of a sick chihuahua.
typically, a chihuahua will stand still with its elbows spread apart, head extended and eyes bulging as it makes a loud snorting sound that can last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes.
what are common triggers of reverse sneezing?