Monday, June 05, 2006

Inspiratory Dyspnea

Inspiratory Dyspnea (Reverse Sneeze-or-Coughby Connie Limon (Email: A shih tzu that may display a fit of coughing, sneezing or snorting where they appear unable to breathe, with eyes bulging and the neck extended can be very scary for the dog and the owner who has never seen it before. This is not Kennel Cough and should not be mistaken for it. This has to do with the physical structure of this breed and the incomplete closure of the nasopharnyx (above the soft palate). It is Inspiratory Dyspnea, commonly referred to as "reverse sneezing" a type of air hunger. Swallowing will help stop the attack. The easiest way to make a dog to swallow is place your thumb or fingers over the nostril openings and rub the throat area, and slightly open the mouth. This causes relief almost immediately. It is important that you understand if this "reverse sneeze" is the problem and not something more serious. If closing the nostrils and swallowing corrects it, this is probably what it is, but speak to your vet to be absolutely sure and if it happens when you are not home, don't worry, they can and do recover without your assistance to help them swallow. Some know if you are home and will run to you for help, they seem to know you will make it better. There are many serious health problems that can cause coughing, congestive heart failures, pulmonary disease, kennel cough etc., so make sure the cause of the cough is this inspiratory dyspnea and not something more serious. Connie Limon is a Shih Tzu breeder. She publishes a FREE weekly newsletter. A professional newsletter with a focus upon health and wellness for you and your pets. Discounts are offered to subscribers. Sign up at: This article is FREE to publish with resource box.

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