Reverse Sneezing I think is more uncomfortable for the Pommy Parent then it is for the Pomeranian. From all the research and Vet visits I had over my time as a Pommy Mommy indicate that the startling snorts and gagging sounds are more common than you would think in Small breeds such as Pomeranians. As a Pommy Mommy any noise that comes out of our furry babies that doesn’t seem natural becomes an alarm. No need to worry too much because this is kinda natural in two of my babies, Mika and Luka.
Luka seems to reverse sneeze at least 2 – 3 times a day. Reverse sneezing in Vet and medical terms is actually something called: mechanosensitive aspiration reflex, inspiratory paroxysmal respiration, and pharyngeal gag reflex. Now if you were to tell me that’s what the problem was I would have a heart attack because it sounds like a very serious problem. I found out that words sound horrible but what is happening isn’t so much.
Episodes of this phenomenon only last a few, if that many minutes.
Reverse sneezing is caused by a spasm of the throat and soft palate. This spasm is triggered by any irritation to the throat, pharynx, or laryngeal area. The most common triggers are excitement, exhaustion, a tight collar, pulling too hard on their leash, an environmental irritant like pollen, perfume, even a household chemical or cleaner, room sprays, or even a sudden change in temperature. It’s very rare that a respiratory infection or nasal drip causes the irritation.
Whenever the weather changes from Summer to Fall/Winter, my Luka has little reverse sneezing fits for the first 3 weeks of the weather change, then it stops and becomes very random. Sometimes when I open the sliding glass door or the front door Luka and Mika run out… and they start reverse sneezing… like clockwork. Mika it doesn’t bother but Luka still get’s little nervous because it seems like he doesn’t know what’s going on.
Reverse Sneezing almost never requires treatment or a trip to the Vet… even though I’ve gone just to make sure.
Like little Luka, Reverse Sneezing can create anxiety in your Pom when triggered, remain calm and your Pomeranian will stay pretty calm. Most of the time your Pom will learn what’s called a “conditioned panic response”… because your freaking out, they will too. The furry acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.
I’ve been told to do nothing because it comes and goes so quickly but if you feel the need to do something, which some of us do, try massaging his/her throat to stop the spasm. Sometimes covering your pet’s nostrils very briefly will cause them to swallow, which usually clears the irritation and stop the sneezing.
You can also try putting your hand in their mouth, if the sneezing last longer than you think they should, and pressing on their tongue. This makes their mouth open wider and increases airflow through it’s nose.
But truth be told most of the time these reactions aren’t necessary and will just further stress levels of Pomeranian and parent. Although this is usually nothing to get all up in arms about, many Vet’s recommend that you pay close attention to your furry babies before and after they have this little Reverse Sneezing fits.