Your Dog Isn’t Dying

In case you needed a visual
In case you needed a visual

Have you ever seen your dog start to wheeze? They look like they’re choking and just seconds away from the sweet release of death. Then you just don’t know what to do and you’re in panic, just looking at him with pure horror in your face? Do you feel completely useless? Well?! Let me tell you a little something about doggies.

It’s called “Reverse Sneezing”, otherwise known as (by the losers) mechanosensitive aspiration reflex, and is fairly common in dogs, especially smaller breeds. This is due to their smaller throats and windpipes. It’s pretty scary when you have no idea what’s going on. You’re pretty much freaking out because their eyes are bulging and they sound like a duck and you’re 99% sure they can’t breathe, but then, suddenly, it all stops and they move on with their doggy day without offering you an explanation; leaving you in an ocean of confusion.

Here’s what you do- nothing. The wheezing is caused by a spasm of the throat and soft palate, which is triggered by irritation of the throat, like a collar that’s too tight, over-excitement, perfume, or maybe just some weird thing you have lying around the house. So the best thing you can do for your furry friend is just sit back and wait until it passes. If you absolutely must do something, then just lightly massage their throat to help end the spasm or pinch their nostrils to allow air to move more quickly. What you don’t want to do, is freak out. You have to remain calm because some dogs are already scared by just sneezing (it’s an abstract concept to dogs), so you have to be the good person your dog thinks you are and remain calm. The only exception to this is if it becomes chronic, like twelve times a day, then you should probably see a vet, there may be some underlying cause.

Diana Padilla

das Leben ist kein Ponyhof.

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