Dog Sneezing Fit – An Expose!

Your dog is sneezing and sneezing and sneezing! What in the world does this mean and is it serious?

At Sarasota Vet, we have some answers for you. Continue reading to get the 411 on the dog sneezing fit you’re witnessing!

Why Do Dogs Sneeze?

There are actually a ton of reasons why your dog could be sneezing. It could very well be an irritant in their nose. If your dog is sneezing a lot, it may be a reaction to something more severe in the atmosphere.

 

Here is a breakdown other potential reasons:

  • There could be an obstruction in their upper airway passage. This could range from cancer to foreign bodies to excess tissue that may cause irritation of the nasal passages which then leads to sneezing and their attempt to try and alleviate their discomfort.
  • There could be an infectious disease causing the dog sneezing fit. Kennel cough is often the culprit behind these sneezes.
  • There could be an allergen causing the dog sneezing fit. Like humans, dogs have allergies to things such as pollen, dust, perfumes, etc.

 

What Can You Do At Home?

These are a few things you can do at home to help your dog.

  • Confine your dog. Put your pup in a crate or some sort of small space where his behavior can be observed.
  • Don’t overexert your pet. Taking long walks or exercising your dog should be stopped until you can bring your dog to our office.
  • Take your pup’s temperature. If your furry baby has a fever that’s over 101-102 degrees, bring him to us as soon as possible. This is an indication of an infection or illness.

 

Here’s What We May Do

  1. Ask for your dog’s history. If your pup isn’t a regular client of ours, we’ll ask you some general questions to get a feel for your dog’s past medical history. We’ll also ask questions about when you noticed the sneezing, how often, etc.
  2. Conduct a physical examination.
  3. Conduct a visual examination under sedation or anesthesia. If there is something in your dog’s nasal passage that may be causing the dog sneezing fit, under anesthesia, we can take a better look and diagnose the issue.
  4. Order laboratory tests. Depending on the exam and the history of your pup, we may need to order blood testing, which is common.
  5. Take X-rays. These are necessary to see if there are any foreign objects in your pup. aSedation or anesthesia may be required for this simple procedure.