Why Is Your Dog Sneezing?
11 October, 2016
dog sneezing

Dogs, just like humans, will sneeze occasionally.  The sneezing can be a  series of sneezes and are usually a result of a quick reaction to something in the environment.  And just like us, a few sneezes here and there aren’t anything to worry about checking. However, if your dog continues to sneeze regularly, there are some things you can do to figure out why your dog is sneezing before going to your vet.

Possible Causes of Sneezing in Dogs

Reverse Sneezing

Reverse sneezing is a sound usually defined by rapid and repeated forced inhaling through your dog’s nose and it sounds almost like gagging. Though it can be distressing to your dog, it isn’t harmful. Most dogs are completely normal before and after episodes and most dogs will have many episodes of reverse sneezing throughout their lives. (It freaks us pet parents out more than our dogs).

During a reverse sneeze, the dog will make rapid and long inspirations, stand still, and extend its head and neck. A loud snorting sound is produced and then it’s done. Though smaller dogs seem slightly more susceptible to reverse sneezing, any dog can develop it, regardless of size.

Here is an example of a reverse sneeze and what you can do to comfort your dog:

Allergies are the most common cause of sneezing

Allergies are often the cause for seasonal occasions of episodic sneezing. Look for other symptoms such as a watery nasal discharge, face-rubbing, scratching, and chewing on the skin.

Does the sneezing happen right after coming back from the outside?

Dogs like to sniff and sometimes they may have inhaled grass seeds, wood chips, which can cause a partial or complete obstruction of a nasal passage, pain, inflammation, and sneezing. Usually, if the sneezing is caused by something foreign, you will also see nasal discharge from one nostril. Sometimes the discharge will be blood-streaked because foreign bodies erode and irritate the mucous membranes. Check to make sure there isn’t anything in your dog’s nose.

Insect bites and any kind of trauma to your dog’s face can cause reverse sneezing

Trauma to the face and insect bites are common causes of facial swelling associated with sneezing. If your dog seems to be in great pain and you suspect blunt trauma, get him to the vet immediately. If it seems like an insect bite or sting, so long as he is not wheezing or having difficulty breathing, you may want to give him a Benadryl. This may reduce the swelling and possibly stop the sneezing.

If your dogs is sneezing and has a fever, your dog probably has an upper respiratory tract infection

Sneezing accompanied by fever generally indicates an upper respiratory tract infection caused by a virus. It may also indicate nasal tumors. This may indicated foreign bodies in the nostril, tooth abscess, or tumors in the nose. Check your dog’s nostril for foreign bodies. If you don’t see anything unusual in his nose, take your dog to the vet for further check-up.

If your dog’s sneezing continues, take him or her to the vet

If your dog suffers from other obvious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, pain, poor appetite or simply not acting normally, take your pup to your veterinarian right away. Also, if nasal discharge is present or if the sneezing is causing mucus, blood or other material is produced, you need to take your dog to the vet.

One thought on “Why Is Your Dog Sneezing?”

  1. This was a thorough article on an aspect of your dog that maybe hasn’t been addressed before. Dog Sneezing, reverse sneezing and when or not to take the dog to the vet. Allergies can cause this through several reasons such as “face-rubbing and scratching and chewing on the skin” things we don’t always think about that are an irritant to Man’s Best Friend.

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