Is your dog sneezing often? If itís just once or twice then it could simply be dust. However, if the dog sneezes often or for long periods of time, then it might even be allergies. We have written about dog allergies symptoms before, but letís take a look more in depth at this issue.
While sneezes are normal, there is a certain level of frequency that if exceeded, they should be considered allergy related. It is not normal for it to happen too often or for long durations. So, letís look at what some possible causes are.
What could be the cause? Well, it could be a sinus infection or a cold. It could be an allergy to grass or pollen. This might also cause inflammation. It could also be because the dog inhaled something like dust or whatnot. It could even be because of a tumor.
Dogs are somewhat similar to humans in terms of what can cause a sneeze, but each breed is not created equal. Some breeds like dobermans, pugs, or collies have shorter nasal passageways.
If it is a sinus infection or a cold it could be because of an infection caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungus. These can sometimes end up as a chronic long term issue since they are not really seasonal. They can affect just one side of the nose or even both. One symptom is a discharge of blood or pus. So be on the lookout for that.
Less common is an Intranasal Tumor. Sometimes found in older dogs, occasional sneezing and bloody discharge from a single side of the nose may be present. Sneezing will probably increase in frequency over time. It is difficult to treat, but you should see a vet anyway if you notice any of this.
There are various signs of allergies. It could be sneezing, itching, or chewing and can result in discharge from both nostrils. You really shouldnít see any blood or pus if it is a simple allergy. Keeping the dog clean can go a long way to alleviating the issue.
Finally, it could also be because of some sort of foreign material. It may be small or medium sized particles. You may be able to see what the cause is. This type of sneezing usually comes on quite quickly in response to the particles.
Not all issues of dog sneezing are serious. It could be anything from over excitement to an allergy. The only reason you should be concerned is if you notice it happening often or for longer periods that seem to go beyond what is normally acceptable.