Breaking Down the Reverse Sneeze

Dog sneezing with leaves falling around it.

A reverse sneeze, or paroxysmal respiration, occurs when your dog pulls air quickly in through the nose, as opposed to pushing it out like with a regular sneeze. This is often the result of an irritant affecting the nasopharynx, which is located at the back of the throat. Just as humans cough when they have a tickle in the throat, dogs will stretch out their necks, raise their heads, and take a deep breath to try to remove the offending invader. Since the nasopharynx is located behind the nasal passages and above the soft palate, these actions can result in a very unusual sound.

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