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Matt .. and I have a tweenie dachshund who is 7 years old.

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Customer: Hello Dr. Matt ..my name is ***** ***** I have a tweenie dachshund who is 7 years old. She has been reverse sneezing since she's been a puppy and I noticed today that the sides of her nostrils are raw ... is this allergy related?
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Customer: She has been acting a little off ... licking her paws and rubbing (however, not excessively) her face on our sweetgrass rugs ... but I'm concerned about the reverse sneezing for the last 2 or so days .. her appetite is fine and her toileting is normal.
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 11 months ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm sorry to hear that your pup has been acting oddly - I'll do my best to help.

Usually face rubbing and foot licking are allergy related for sure. They can be allergic to just about anything in their environment, including pollens, grasses, trees, and foods. Since it's so difficult to tell exactly what they're allergic to (and even more difficult to actually remove the allergens from the environment). It could be that she's rubbing her face enough to actually cause some scraping at her nose there. It could also be inflammation of the autoimmune or idiopathic variety. If the lesions are mild I usually start by treating the allergy - sometimes with antihistamines, although more often with steroids if they are having severe itching. That usually will resolve all inflammatory lesions that they've got. Some autoimmune issues will return after we wean off the steroids, which gives us a clue as to their origin.

The reverse sneezing is also sometimes allergy related, although I also see a lot of reverse sneezing in dogs that seems to have no obvious cause. Some dogs do it when they are excited, some do it when they pull on their leash, in others it seems to be triggered by outside air. Rarely, if reverse sneezing is really severe, it can be due to a foreign body up in the nasal passages or the nasopharynx. It can also sometimes be a sign of a viral upper respiratory infection.

Please let me know what other questions I can answer for you.

~Dr. Sara

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Expert:  Doc Sara replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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