What is “reverse sneezing”?
“Reverse sneezing…is a phenomenon observed in dogs, particularly in those with brachycephalic skulls (like pug, boxer, shih-tzu..). Its exact cause is unknown but may be due to nasal, pharyngeal, or sinus irriation (such as an allergy) or the dog’s attempt to remove mucus. It is characterized by rapid and repeated forced inhalation through the nose, accompanied by snorting or gagging sounds. It is alarming to the owner and may be distressing to the dog, but is not known to be harmful to the animal. Most dogs are completely normal before and after episodes. In addition most dogs will have repeat episodes of it during their lives.” (by Wikipedia)
Unfortunately, puggles are prone to reverse sneezing. It doesn’t happen to Preston very often but when it does, it is hard for Mommy and Daddy to watch. Here is what mommy usually does when Preston is having an episode and it seems to help.
1. Cover his nostrils, this makes him swallow. 2. Massage his throat. (and 3. A big kiss!)