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My dog has been sneezing a lot lately. She sneezes periodically

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My dog has been sneezing a lot lately. She sneezes periodically throughout the day one sneeze at a time. Last night she woke from a nap in a sneezing fit (about 10 big sneezes in a row). She also has reverse sneezing anywhere from 1-3 times per week. I'm not sure if I should be concerned or if it's normal. She's also "flea nipping" her paws and body a lot lately. She's always sneezed, reverse sneezed and nipped now and again, maybe I'm just noticing it more lately.

I recently switched her food to Wellness Simple Solutions to eliminate an ongoing diarrhea problem (which it did solve).

I think I'm just overreacting, but would like some advice.

She is a 7 year old lab/pit bull mix. Everything else is normal with her...appetite, energy, no runny eyes or nose.

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

Is there any discharge from the nose?

CriticalCareVet :

Coughing?

CriticalCareVet :

Other change in breathing?

Customer:

No apparent discharge. No coughing. Breathing seems fine. I can hear her sniffer out checking out the plants the deer have eaten...doesn't sound funny at all.

CriticalCareVet :

We can certainly see this from simple causes such as perceived acid reflux or nausea.

CriticalCareVet :

Antacids for stomach upset can be considered (often one is chosen of the 3 choices below):
- Famotidine (Pepcid A/C) - LINK HERE
- Prilosec OTC (Omeprazole) - LINK HERE
- Rantididine (Zantac) - LINK HERE

CriticalCareVet :

WE can also see this from a simple rhinitis or allergies.

CriticalCareVet :

(and by acid reflux and nausea - referring to the diarrhea part)

CriticalCareVet :

For the rhinitis Benadryl (LINK HERE) is often used.

Customer:

She sometimes "burps up" food from her stomach and eats it in her mouth (doesn't actually throw it up on the floor)

CriticalCareVet :

That would fit right in with the information above :)

Customer:

Weird...I would have never put the burping up with sneezing...they seem so unrelated. (At least in humans)

CriticalCareVet :

But you present 2 possible signs / issues here

CriticalCareVet :

This may be just a rhinitis, allergic in nature, especially with the reverse sneezing

CriticalCareVet :

And if that is the case, antihistamines should help

Customer:

Would rhinitis be more of an environmental allergen as opposed to a food allergy?

CriticalCareVet :

Yes - much more likely!

Customer:

OK. So if you were me, would you treat both possibilities at once or go down one avenue first?

CriticalCareVet :

Yes - I would consider both

Customer:

Thank you very much. Our family has experienced a lot of losses lately and I think that has piqued my concern with Dazee. Sounds like I don't have a serious problem and will try your suggestions to see if I can help her.

CriticalCareVet :

Glad to help!

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