What is French Bulldog Reverse Sneezing?

Why is My French Bulldog Reverse Sneezing?!

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last updated September 20, 2019

What is Reverse Sneezing

Reverse sneezing is an episode where your Frenchie makes rapid inhalations, snorting while it stands still extending its neck.

Your Frenchie may seem like it’s choking or unable to breathe, but there’s no need to be worried!

Yes, I know, reverse sneezing can be pretty scary. Reverse sneezing is typically harmless and shouldn’t much of concern unless you think it’s excessive.

The Symptoms of Reverse Sneezing

  • Rapid and long inhalations
  • Head and neck extended
  • Standing still
  • Loud snorting and gagging sounds

Why is my Frenchie Reverse Sneezing so Much?




Oh no! Your Frenchie just won’t stop reverse sneezing… what can you do?!

While reverse sneezing is common in brachycephalic breeds due to their elongated soft palates, it can affect any breed.

The Causes of Reverse Sneezing

1. Allergens such as dust, mold, or pollen

One of the most common causes of reverse sneezing in Frenchies is allergies.

2. Over-excitement

3. Irritants in the airways

4. Irritation of the nasal, pharyngeal, or sinus passages

5. Nasal mites

Nasal mites are small parasites that infest the nasal passages and sinuses of dogs.

They are contagious between dogs, can be found in dogs of all breeds, sexes, and ages.

6. Infections, masses, or anatomical abnormalities

Is Reverse Sneezing Normal?

Reverse sneezing from time to time is completely normal.

It’s when it gets excessive that it becomes abnormal.

What can I do to Stop my Frenchie’s Reverse Sneezing?

Mild to moderate reverse sneezing typically don’t require any medical treatment.

However, there’s a simple technique you can try right now to instantly stop your Frenchie’s reverse sneezing.

Stop Reverse Sneezing Instantly

1. Cover their nostrils with your fingers

2. Lightly (very) blow in their face

3. Massage their throat

4. Try to calm them down

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