What is a Reverse Sneeze, and Can it Hurt My Pet?

Reverse sneeze in dogs.

If you’ve been a dog owner for some time, particularly if you’ve had dogs with short snouts, such as Pugs or Boxers, chances are you’ve witnessed a reverse sneeze—a phenomenon fairly common in dogs but rarely seen in cats. These sudden, spasm-like outbursts consist of rapid inhalations through the nose followed by forceful honking sounds. It can be quite unsettling the first time a pet does this, but most of the time, it’s nothing to be concerned about.