November 03, 2020Dog tips
Should I be worried if my dog is sneezing too much?
Dog sneezes can look dramatic and tend to catch the attention of their owners. While an occasional sneeze may mean no more than a little bit of dust up the nose, more frequent sneezing can be a sign of other issues.
Like humans, some dogs suffer from pollen-induced seasonal allergies.
Often, symptoms such as red or watery eyes, clear nasal discharge, or itchy
skin will also appear in these dogs, particularly on the paws or belly.
If your dogs suddenly start sneezing and have frequent severe episodes, they may have inhaled something from a nostril. The most widespread culprit is grass seeds. Often, the dog will also paw at their nose or have discharge from a single nostril — sometimes bloody. Because the nasal passage of a dog is deep and curvy, diagnosis usually requires anesthesia to carefully look up the nose and recover anything that is lodged.
Dogs are prone, like humans, to many upper respiratory infections that can lead to sneezing , coughing, and discharge of the nose. Dogs will often feel lethargic and have a fever or a reduced appetite, unlike allergies. If a lot of other dogs have recently been around your dog, such as at a kennel or dog park, the likelihood of an infection is greater.
Luckily, uncommon, older dogs may often have a nasal passage tumor. Like a foreign body, discharge from only one nostril is likely to occur — sometimes bloody.
Sneezing typically begins slowly and becomes more and more serious with time, unlike a foreign body, and is also followed by other symptoms of disease, such as decreased appetite or weight loss.