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Reverse Sneezing

Reverse Sneezing

Postby downwithapathy » Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:15 am

Hi vegan doggy lovers!

Background: Annie suffers from allergies (to chicken and possibly seasonal environmental allergens as well). When she consumes a small amount of chicken (as in the cheap dog biscuits they hand out at drive through windows), she's fine. When she consumes a significant amount of chicken (chicken-based kibble, for example), she itches, loses fur, and once broke out in hives. She came to me with a skin infection that turned out to be the result of the chicken-based kibble fed at the shelter. :(

My dogs are mostly vegan. I alternate almost exclusively between Natural Balance (ordered online) and Avoderm (purchased in-store but about an hour's drive away). Annie seems to tolerate both very well. Rarely, time/money/gas/too-tired-and-lazy-to-cook issues result in the purchase of small, temporary bags of Natural Life's locally available lamb-based kibble (I feel like a jerk just typing that :( ).

Lambaderm contains "Poultry Fat" but the bag also states that it's for poultry-sensitive dogs. Both dogs have been been eating Lambaderm in recent weeks without issue.

Now Annie has suddenly begun reverse sneezing a LOT (many times/day). I'm pretty much broke until my next paycheck, so I'm feeding Annie whatever I can find that seems reasonably dog-friendly. I just learned my grandma has been giving both dogs chickeny bologna without realizing what it contained. :o + No wonder I can't get Zoe to lose weight!

I may be WAY off on this chicken thing. Has anyone else ever known a dog to very suddenly begin reverse sneezing several times a day? Google hasn't given me anything too terrifying (that's likely), so I'm asking here.
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Re: Reverse Sneezing

Postby downwithapathy » Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:19 pm

Thanks for your help.
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Re: Reverse Sneezing

Postby Miso Vegan » Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:41 pm

:D
Was there a video somewhere of what reverse sneezing is/looks like?
And, I guess you're saying it's an allergic reaction?
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Re: Reverse Sneezing

Postby Shiva » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:22 am

Have there been any other changes in Annie's environment that may be causing irritation that might trigger the reverse sneezing?

I found this article to be helpful, in terms of both discovering causes and helping the dog through it if necessary. (I've often massaged Syama's throat when he has a bout.)

The most common cause of reverse sneezing is an irritation of the soft palate and throat that results in a spasm. During the spasm, the dog’s neck will extend and the chest will expand as the dog tries harder to inhale. The problem is that the trachea has narrowed and it’s hard to get the normal amount of air into the lungs.

Anything that irritates the throat can cause this spasm and subsequent sneeze. Causes include excitement, eating or drinking, exercise intolerance, pulling on a leash, mites, pollen, foreign bodies caught in the throat, perfumes, viruses, household chemicals, allergies, and post-nasal drip. If an irritant in the house is the cause, taking the dog outside can help simply because the dog will no longer be inhaling the irritant. Brachycephalic dogs (those with flat faces, such as Pugs and Boxers) with elongated soft palates occasionally suck the elongated palate into the throat while inhaling, causing reverse sneezing. Small dogs are particularly prone to it, possibly because they have smaller throats.

Reverse sneezing itself rarely requires treatment. If the sneezing stops, the spasm is over. Oftentimes, you can massage the dog’s throat to stop the spasm; sometimes it’s effective to cover the nostrils, which makes the dog swallow, which clears out whatever the irritation is and stops the sneezing. If the episode doesn't end quickly, you can try depressing the dog’s tongue, which opens up the mouth and aids in moving air through the nasal passages. Treatment of the underlying cause, if known, is useful. If mites are in the laryngeal area, your veterinarian may use drugs such as ivermectin to get rid of the mites. If allergies are the root of the problem, your veterinarian may prescribe antihistamines. Because reverse sneezing is not a severe problem, do not worry about leaving your dog home alone; if it occurs when you're not there, the episode will most likely end on its own.

If reverse sneezing becomes a chronic problem rather than an occasional occurrence, your veterinarian may need to look up the nasal passages (rhinoscopy), and may even need to take a biopsy to determine the cause of the problem. Sometimes, however, no cause can be identified.

Some dogs have these episodes their entire lives; some dogs develop the condition only as they age. In most dogs, however, the spasm is a temporary problem that goes away on its own, leaving the dog with no after-effects.


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Re: Reverse Sneezing

Postby Shiva » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:24 am

Modly note/FYI: SPAM post deleted upthread. (Sonja's "thanks" post was in response to said spam.) Carry on!
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Re: Reverse Sneezing

Postby downwithapathy » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:32 am

Thanks for the modly note. :) I swear I wasn't being a meanie to any of the regulars! :heart:

Reverse sneezing: http://youtu.be/80ijkYoBcE8

Reverse sneezing in itself isn't dangerous or even indicative of a health condition. However, going from reverse sneezing rarely to several times a day for several days straight (which is the case at this point) seems a tad more worrisome. :(

I don't think reverse sneezing is always allergy related. Love used to reverse sneeze only when she pulled on leash. In her case, it was triggered very reliably by the pressure of her collar. The reason I believe it to be allergy-related in Annie's case is twofold. 1. The newspeople keep saying this is an extraordinarily bad year for local human seasonal allergy sufferers. 2. I've suspected but not confirmed that Annie may suffer from seasonal allergies in addition to the food allergy (because she became very itchy last year with no dietary change and then spontaneously recovered). Also, she had a runny nose this morning (not common among dogs in my experience).

As irritating as seasonal allergies can be, I kind of hope that's what we're dealing with. SA suck, but they aren't usually debilitating or lethal.

I can't think of anything in Annie's environment that has changed. Same detergents, cleansers, bedding... everything! Of course, it's possible that the poor puppeh has developed new sensitivities. :(

I've tried rubbing her throat. I can't tell if it helps or not. I've also tried the cover-her-nostrils trick, but I find I am skittish/nervous about plugging someone's nose and always release almost immediately (not terribly helpful). :laugh:

Thanks much for the article! It's so frustrating not knowing what is causing this change! Sometimes she doesn't go into a full reverse sneeze attack but rather just does a brief snortle (which started at the same time as the reverse sneezing). Allergies, right? Heh.
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Re: Reverse Sneezing

Postby Miso Vegan » Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:35 am

Having seen the video, Starfish does it, too. But much louder! It sounds like an old man hacking.
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Re: Reverse Sneezing

Postby downwithapathy » Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:24 am

The reverse sneezing stopped abruptly a few days later! Whatever the irritant, I guess it's gone. :)
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