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I think my dog has reverse sneezing. Will she get over this,

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I think my dog...

I think my dog has reverse sneezing. Will she get over this

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

Zoey 5 years

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Zoey?

She was coughing like kennel cough before & had 2 weeks of Baytil medicine. The coughing has stopped & now she is reverse sneezing

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Zoey. Reverse sneezing arises secondary to nasopharyngeal inflammation due to infection - as is likely to be the case here, allergy, and less commonly polyps and tumors. While Baytril is a potent broad spectrum antibiotic it doesn't address certain infectious agents that can complicate the infectious tracheobronchitis complex ("kennel cough"). The antibiotics of choice are doxycycline and amoxicillin/clavulanate. I recommend letting Zoey's vet know about her sneezing now and would encourage the prescribing of doxycycline - the antibiotic of choice for this complex. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Is reverse sneezing curable & was it caused by kennel cough
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
is reverse sneezing curable & was it caused by kennel cough
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Cure would depend upon the case but in most cases it abates unaided as inflammation in the nasopharynx abates. Some dogs - especially those with anatomical problems in the back of their throat may reverse sneeze periodically throughout their life. In Zoey's case by the principle of Occam's Razor she's reverse sneezing due to infection that also caused her coughing. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

errata: cause, not case

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
she is uncurable
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Why do you think that? Infections go away with proper treatment.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I don't understand if she is curable or not
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Because her reverse sneezing began after the onset of an infection that also caused her coughing, she should be cured by another antibiotic such as doxycycline. Feel free to share our conversation with her vet. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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