Whenever your Pomeranian greets a guest, he’s always excited and, because of this, he may have breathing trouble. This is known as reverse sneezing in Pomeranians or a Pomeranian sneeze attack.
My nickname for this problem is the “Boofles.” My quick fix for stopping this is to prevent my Pom from moving, while gently holding his nostrils so he’s forced to use his mouth to breathe. Generally speaking, you can stop any spasms by either: gently massaging his throat or closing his nostrils until he swallows.
Why Does My Pomeranian Snort?
Lots of Pomeranians have a problem called paroxysmal respiration. This is better known as Pomeranian reverse sneeze. The way it works is like this: he quickly draws air in via his nostrils; whereas, in a normal sneeze, the air is quickly pushed out via his nose. Why your Pomeranian snorts is because he’s attempting to inhale while, simultaneously, sneezing.
Reverse sneezing in Pomeranians occurs when your dog suddenly and forcefully inhales through his nose. That makes him snort repeatedly and the sound he makes resembles a choking sound. It looks and sounds likes he’s trying to inhale a sneeze; that’s where the nickname, “Pomeranian reverse sneeze,” comes from.
He might do this if his palate and/or larynx are, somehow, irritated and muscle spasms can occur in his pharynx. While your Pom is reverse sneezing, he’s also gasping inwardly, making hacking, snorting or honking sounds. The main cause of these problems is over-excitement.
Other causes of a reverse sneezing Pomeranian include: pulling too hard on his leash; as he runs; after lapping up lots of water; or after having something to eat.
Whenever you take your dog for a walk, never use a collar because a harness is much safer. A typical Pomeranian episode of reverse sneezing only lasts for a few seconds. However, there are some that experience it for a few minutes, more than once each day.
Reasons for Pomeranian Sneeze Attacks
Nobody knows the specific cause of a Pomeranian honking cough or reverse sneezing. Any time your Pomeranian has irritations in the back part of his throat, his sinuses, or nose, he’ll start reverse sneezing. These episodes can range from extremely mild through to the more serious, but they’re nothing for you to be concerned about.
These are potential causes of reverse sneezing:
- Getting too excited.
- Eating and drinking too fast.
- Pulling too hard on his leash.
- Mites or viruses.
- Foreign substances in his throat.
- Post-nasal drip or nasal inflammation
- Household chemicals or cleaners.
Is My Pom in Danger During a Pomeranian Sneeze Attack?
If your Pom vet has such a problem, you must talk to your vet. If these attacks occur quite often, your vet will prescribe antihistamines to hopefully stop the sneezing. If it occurs immediately after his nose inoculation for the kennel cough, it’s advisable to give him antibiotics.
Most Pomeranians will experience a reverse sneezing episode and still go on to lead a healthy, happy life as the sneezing isn’t harmful and a lot of the time, there’s no need for any treatment.
However, never list Pomeranian reverse sneezing in the same category as far more serious Pomeranian breathing issues including heart disease or a collapsed trachea.
If you ever see symptoms that make no sense to you (such as: snorting, gagging, honking or wheezing), do the smart thing and seek professional help and advice from your vet. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
How Do You Diagnose a Pomeranian Reverse Sneeze?
A diagnosis comes as a result of clinical signs and medical history. Your vet first eliminates other reasons for snorting and abnormal breathing.
These may include:
- Nasal polyps or tumors.
- A trachea that’s starting to collapse.
- An upper respiratory tract infection.
- Foreign bodies within his nasal passages.
How To Treat Pomeranian Dog and Pomeranian Puppy Sneeze Issues
The majority of cases of reverse sneezing don’t need to be treated. If your Pomeranian has an episode of reverse sneezing, lightly stroke his neck as you calm him down. After he exhales through the nose, that’s the end of the problem.
It’s extremely rare for canines to face complications or risks during those attacks. Most reverse sneezing episodes are finished inside 60 seconds, although there are cases where it lasts longer than ever.
Sometimes your vet may prescribe antihistamine, antibiotic or decongestant medications to assist in your dog’s recovery.
Final Thoughts on Pomeranian Reverse Sneezing
Generally speaking, the occasional Pomeranian dog sneeze or Pomeranian puppy reverse sneeze episodes is nothing to be alarmed about. It’s only when it lasts for more than a few seconds or seems like it’s causing your Pom undue distress that you should speak to your vet.
Please note: while I do discuss health, care and behavioural issues, you should never use this information as a replacement for advice from qualified veterinarians, diagnoses or recommended treatment regimes. If you have any worries about the health of your Pomeranian, your first contact should be your regular vet or, if you don’t yet have one, a vet that works locally. Never ignore or avoid treatment and/or advice from your vet because of a piece of information you have read on any website.
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References and Further Reading:
 Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
 English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard, 2017.
 Denise Leo, The Pomeranian Handbook.
 Milo G. Denlinger “The Complete Pomeranian”.
 Kimbering Pomeranians “1891-1991”.
 William Taplin “The Sportsman’s Cabinet”.
 E. Parker “The Popular Pomeranian”.
 Lilla Ives “Show Pomeranians”.