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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My dog is sniffling, licking s nose excessively and

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My dog is sniffling, licking his nose excessively and occasional has sneezing fits. Is there anything I can do for him?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

An allergic rhinitis (inflammation inside the nose) might be addressed with an over the counter antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) dosed at 1-2 mg/lb every 8-12 hours as need be. The maximum dose at any one time is 50 mg. A foreign body, however, such as a foxtail (plant awn) needs to be considered if Eddie began this behavior peracutely (suddenly) and is exposed to foxtails. Please see image. Plant awns need to be manually extracted under anesthesia.

Less commonly an immune-mediated rhinitis called lymphocytic/plasmacytic rhinitis has arisen and this needs to be treated with immunosuppressive doses of a glucocorticosteroid such as prednisone. This disorder is diagnosed by biopsy. Primary bacterial infections of the nose are rare but might be seen in conjunction with infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough") and be addressed with antibiotics of choice for kennel cough such as doxycycline or amoxicillin/clavulanate. Systemic fungal infection is less common still in a Pom X.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.