When you see your dog sneezing, most of the time it is for exactly the same reasons that humans sneeze. Your dogs nose may be shaped differently from yours, but it serves the same function, bringing air for breathing into his body.
That air passes through your dogs nasal passages which means that he can come in contact with all
kinds of irritants. These irritants, in one form or another, are what make your dog sneeze.
Sneezing in dogs can be caused by all kinds of irritants from
Whatever the cause of your pets sneezing, when your dog sneezes it results in a violent discharge of air through
his nasal passageways and mouth.
Your dog may shake his whole head when he sneezes. Some times he may sneeze several times in succession or he may sneeze only once.
Sometimes your dogs sneezing may be accompanied by a nasal discharge (runny nose) but it may not. Whether you have a dog with a long nose, such as a Greyhound, or a dog with a short nose, such as a Pekingese, your dogs sneeze will be the same.
Dogs don't usually sneeze as often as people do so if your dog does start sneezing its a good idea to pay attention. Something could be wrong.
Dog Sneezing has just a few possible causes:
For instance, your
dog may sneeze in the spring if he's allergic to tree pollen, or in the summer if he's allergic
to grass pollen.
If your dog is allergic to some of these allergens he will likely have other symptoms as well, such as watering eyes, itching skin, and chewing on his paws.
If something does get trapped inside your dogs nose it can definitely make your dog sneeze as he tries to expel it.
Fortunately, most suspected tumors turn out to be something else.
If your dog is sneezing and you don't know the cause, the best thing to do is to take him to the veterinarian
for a diagnosis.
Obviously, if your dog is sniffing pepper in the kitchen, that can account for a sneeze since pepper is an obvious temporary irritant.
But, when the cause of the sneezing is unclear, it's best to find out why your dog is sneezing so you can rule out anything serious. Your veterinarian can examine your dog.
He or she can ascertain if your dog has an allergy and what he may be allergic to; find out if your dog has an infection of some kind; and check your dogs nose for foreign bodies or tumors.
There may be nothing wrong with your dog but if there is a serious reason for your dogs sneezing its always best to start treatment early.
Treatment for dog sneezing will depend on the cause of the symptoms.
You can try to make your dog feel better with organic shampoos and antihistamines, but the best approach is to identify the allergen and try to manage your dogs exposure to it.
Grass pollen is usually bad for only a few weeks during the year, so it is possible to manage
this allergy without giving your dog too many chemicals.
Feeding your dog a good food and supplying him with healthy fatty acids can also help fight allergies. Other owners may want to rely more on steroids and other more conventional treatments, but that would not be my choice.
Treatment is usually more straightforward with a bacterial infection. Its harder to fight a viral infection or a fungal infection and it may take longer to clear these problems up.
However, your vet should be able to identify and clear infections up in a reasonable time.
Infections can be very serious and its probably best not to try to treat them at home, or with herbal or holistic remedies.
This is not always as easy as it sounds. Depending on what your dog has gotten stuck up his nose it could be difficult to remove the object.
Its best to allow a good veterinarian to perform this task.
If it turns out to be a tumor, work with a your vet to agree on a treatment plan. Quite often, surgery and possibly chemotherapy would likely be the course of action.
However, you may wish discuss your dog's case with a holistic practitioner as well, or with a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. These doctors have had some success in working on tumor cases when Western medicine has not been able to offer much help.
In most cases sneezing in dogs is simply due to excitement or a reflex action to get rid of a temporary irritant. More often than not, it's nothing to worry about.
However, if your dog is sneezing a lot along with other symptoms such as:
something more serious may be going on and your dog should be taken to the vet for evaluation. Its always better to err on the side of caution in a pet health matters.
Resource: American Veterinary Medical Association