I have read posts with people saying when they walk their dog she reverse sneezes, what exactly does this mean?????????
Reverse sneezing is sort of a coughing, honking episode dogs, especially beagles experience caused by an irritation of the soft palate....many things, like pulling on the leash or even drinking can cause the episodes.
It's usually not dangerous but can be quite scary if you don't know what is going on.
Jamie gave a good description -- also sounds like a repetitive snorting. First time my Mags did it was after she had a nasal bordatella injection. It definitely scared me but, fortunately, we were at the vet's office so he could tell me what was happening.
The sneezing/coughing after drinking could be because of too rapid drinking/gulping.
Ah...Charlie had an episode in the middle of the night, woke me up. Maybe a bad dream. I ran out to rub his throat in the crate. When I look at the clock, it was 1:30am! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif
Sometimes it also helps if your beagle is standing on all fours and you put a palm under his chest and lift him so that he's standing only on his two back paws and you're holding him up by his chest. About half the time that helps my dog. Other times I can only just stand by, gently rub him under the throat or pet him and whisper and cuddle him till he gets better.
Reverse sneezing is a breathing problem brought on
by "breeding"/ genetics, or the "overlooked"
culprit is the fact that young beags tend to dig
as if they are gophers! Rufus is a good example of
this, as he loved to dig like Goober did in his
youth! As they age , the desire to dig will taper
off & the reverse sneezing will go away as they
tire of "getting dirt up their nose! Goober &
Rufus are "seniour beags" now & have survived
nearly anything "old-age" has to throw at them!!!
Ny vet described it as the result of a permanent post nasal drip effect. My female, Daisy does it and it is really annoying, and concerning when you first watch it, but you get used to it. When she does it I worry it will cause her to vomit on the carpet so I make her go outside. It aparantly is not a concern nor dangerous. It doesn't seem to be associated with any kind of debris or dirt getting in their nose but that can cause it also.
Henry does loud reverse sneezes...often. And alot of them are in the middle of the night if he is disturbed while he sleeps (like moving him off of the covers). He starts with loud, honking noises.
Like Chloe's Mom suggested, and Joe (Murphy and Summers Dad)did too some time back...place your hand over their nose to stop air from being sucked in. It really does stop although sometimes I have to do it a couple of times.
I also read that it is probably the result of a post-nasal drip.
Don't let it scare you. It's another "beetle thing". /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/PuppyEyes.gif
This is something that I have to deal with on a daily basis. Bloom reverse sneezes just about every day sometimes more than once a day...all the research I've done doesnt show it being a problem so I just rub her throat until it passes it doesnt usually last longer than 10-15 sec.
Really it's not a bad thing it just sounds funny.
My first beagle, Peaches, used to do this alot and it would freak me out until I learned what it was and that it is not a serious thing. Penne does it, also, but not as much. If you don't know what it is and you hear it, it does sound almost like your beagle is choking to death!!