Reverse Sneezing In French Bulldogs

Reverse Sneezing In French Bulldogs

January 02, 2018

Reverse sneezing is a common phenomenon in dogs and especially French Bulldogs. In a regular sneeze, your Frenchie pushes air through the nose; in a reverse sneeze air is pulled into the nose.

Reverse sneeze is usually triggered by excitement or stress and may be related to allergies, nasal irritants or nasal inflammation. It can also be triggered by a viral infections like the common cold or a dog collar pressing against the throat too tightly.

It happens more often in small breed dogs (Brachycephalic breeds like pugs and bulldogs)  perhaps because they have smaller throats and windpipes.


  • Your dog will look distressed.
  • May be snorting or choking.
  • Will have rapid and long inspirations
  • Struggles for air.

 Its important to keep calm and not to panic!!!

A reverse sneezing attack may look scary however, it is not a harmful condition and there are no ill effects. Reverse sneezing attacks are generally quite brief (lasts a minute or two) and not life threatening.

 Help your dog:

    If you can persuade your dog to swallow, this usually helps stop the spasms. You can try placing your fingers over his nostrils for a second or two. Your dog's automatic reaction is to lick, and this is followed by a swallow. A couple of licks will usually resolve the situation. Stimulating saliva. (offer a chew toy, treat or anything that will produce saliva). Stroke or massage your dogs' upper throat area to encourage relaxation and dilation of the trachea.

      If all fails:

      Don't worry!  Your French Bulldog will come out of an attack of reverse sneezing without help and will not suffer permanent damage quite shortly! Just as dogs sneeze intermittently throughout their lives, most dogs have at least a few reverse sneezing episodes during their lives as well. In the vast majority of cases, the episodes are temporary and intermittent, resolving on their own, and leave the dog with no aftereffects to be concerned about.

      Seek for help:

      If your pet’s reverse sneezing becomes a chronic problem, with more frequent or longer in duration episodes we recommend you make an appointment with your vet to rule out things that could be serious and life threatening.

      If your pet is experiencing bloody or yellow discharge from the nose, or any other accompanying respiratory problems, it’s time to make an appointment with your veterinarian.


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