Insurances.net
insurances.net » Pet Insurance » The Brachycephalic Boston Terrier, Reverse Sneezing by:John P Jackson
Auto Insurance Life Insurance Family Insurance Health Insurance Travel Insurance Mortgage Insurance Buying Insurance Accident Insurance Housing Insurance Personal Insurance Medical Insurance Property Insurance Mobile Insurance Internet Insurance Pregnant Insurance Dental Insurance Children Insurance Baby Insurance Employee Insurance Liability Insurance Pet Insurance Boat Insurance Cancer Insurance Insurance Quotes Others
]

The Brachycephalic Boston Terrier, Reverse Sneezing by:John P Jackson

The Brachycephalic Boston Terrier, Reverse Sneezing by:John P Jackson

Boston Terriers are an adorable little breed loved by many

. The experienced Boston Terrier owner is aware of the process called "inspiratory paroxysmal respiration" - or, in layman's terms, reverse sneezing. However, when a first time Boston Terrier owner first sees this process, they may panic. The process of the reverse sneeze is not a pleasant one to watch; it can easily look like the dog is in pain or suffering, but there is no actual harm being done.

If you are owning or purchasing a Boston Terrier for the first time and are curious about reverse sneezes, you have probably at least heard of the behavior, if not witnessed it in another dog. While it can be quite scary to witness, it really is a harmless process of the dog's body trying to rid itself of toxins or debris, much like a normal sneeze. Bouts of reverse sneezing typically last anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple minutes. The dog will stick out his head, extending his neck as much as possible, and breathe in and out rapidly and loudly. It sort of seems like the dog is hyperventilating, but that is not what's happening. Veterinarians have not determined what actually initiates a reverse sneeze, but it is assumed that the dog's body is trying to cleanse itself of some foreign matter.

Boston Terriers, like other small-muzzled breeds, are Brachycephalic. These means that they do not have a very long nose and tend to have a lengthier palate than other breeds. Some veterinarians believe being Brachycephalic is linked to inspiratory paroxysmal respiration, even though it does affect some dogs or breeds of dog who are not Brachycephalic. There is no surefire way to cure or end a bout of reverse sneezing, but trying to calm your dog down with a soft voice and stroking his or her throat can help curtail it sooner. Gently stroking your terrier's throat in a downward motion can help to initiate swallowing, which is likely to end the reverse sneezing process.

While the actual act of a reverse sneeze is harmless to the dog, if reverse sneezing is becoming unusually frequent, it can be an indication of other problems, such as a respiratory irritant or infection, tooth or gum infections, an irritated throat, or even allergies. If your Boston Terrier is have excessive bouts of reverse sneezing, there is a good chance he or she has developed allergies. Your veterinarian can prescribe anti-inflammatory or antihistamine medication that can counteract the allergy and will thus result in less reverse sneezing attacks. In some severe cases, in which the dog is having bouts of reverse sneezing several times daily, you should take him or her to the veterinarian immediately. Reverse sneezing of this frequency can indicate a far more serious problem, such as tumors in the breathing passages or respiratory system, or a collapsing trachea.The Brachycephalic Boston Terrier, Reverse Sneezing by:John P Jackson


Excessive reverse sneezing, as with any strange behavior from your dog, can be indicative of a greater problem, but almost every Brachycephalic dog will undergo several reverse sneezing attacks in his or her lifetime and it is not anything to be too concerned over. The best defense in determining whether your Boston Terrier is suffering from a regular attack or if his or her body is trying to tell you something's wrong is to be very aware of what your dog is like healthy. Measure the frequency with which these reverse sneezing attacks happen and pay attention to any other possibly signs of illness, such as a change in appetite, activity level, or sleeping patterns.

About the author

For more articles on the Boston Terrier or information on other dogs, visit the rest of GreatDogSite!
West Highland White Terrier Facts by:Alex de la Cruz The Basics of a West Highland White Terrier Training by:Richard Cussons How to Choose a West Highland White Terrier Puppy by:Richard Cussons The Basics on the West Highland White Terrier by:Richard Cussons Having West Highland Terriers As Pets by:Richard Cussons Helping Abandoned West Highland Terriers by:Richard Cussons Barking Problem Among West Highland Terriers by:Richard Cussons West Highland Terrier: How to Care for This Breed by:Richard Cussons Yorkie Grooming - How to Groom Your Yorkshire Terrier by:Sarah Henery Jack Russell Terrier Training Tips to Resolve Submissive Urination by:Richard Cussons Playing it Safe With Online Dog Games Ease of Use of Dog Games Online Online Dog Games Full of Entertainment
Write post print Bupa HealthPlus Insurance
www.insurances.net guest:  register | login | search IP(3.237.16.210) Shandong / Qingdao Processed in 0.017912 second(s), 6 queries , Gzip enabled debug code: 12 , 3711, 969,
The Brachycephalic Boston Terrier, Reverse Sneezing by:John P Jackson Qingdao