Snorting, which is distinguishable from both sneezing and reverse sneezing, is caused by either an obstruction or obesity, notes Vetstreet. Snorting is extremely common among short-nosed breeds like Pugs and Bulldogs that have brachycephalic syndrome. Other dogs with short muzzles and broad skulls like the Shih Tzu, Chow Chow and Boston Terrier commonly snort loudly and breathe through their mouths.Know More
Dogs with brachycephalic syndrome have a mild deformity that results in collapsed nostrils and excess tissue, causing them to snort in an effort to clear their air passageways of debris and fluid, according to Vetstreet. As they overheat, whether due to exercise or weather, the effect becomes more pronounced and the snorting grows in intensity. Overweight, obese or elderly dogs are also more prone to snorting, regardless of breed. Snorting in dogs is often accompanied by nasal discharge, gagging and drool. If a dog only recently started snorting, consult a veterinarian and inspect its nose for foreign objects or debris that may be interfering with its ability to breathe.
According to petMD, a veterinarian may recommend surgery to correct the deformity, eliminate symptoms and prevent long-term damage to the larynx. Dogs that snort are often more likely to snore, which can be a sign of sleep apnea.Learn more in Dogs
A cat sneezes blood usually because of an obstruction in the cat's nasal passage, a cold, bacterial infection, allergies or dental problems like an abscessed tooth, according to Vetinfo. Sneezing blood rarely indicates a more serious problem.Full Answer >
Sneezing in dogs most commonly occurs due to the inhalation of some irritant of the upper airway, usually dust, pollen or powders, and lasts until the nasal passages are clear again. However, sneezing can also be symptomatic of infectious diseases, obstructions or allergies, as stated by Vetstreet.Full Answer >
Constant sneezing in dogs is a sign of nasal irritation, which can indicate the onset of an infection or just be the result of a multitude of scents in the air, according to WebMD. However, if mucus accompanies violent sneezing, the dog needs to be checked out by a veterinarian. Constant sneezing may also indicate a tumor or parasites in the nasal passage or a foreign substance in the eye.Full Answer >
There are no specific drug therapies to treat instances of reverse sneezing. However, these episodes may be caused by another underlying condition that can predispose a dog to such episodes, states PetMD.Full Answer >