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how to tell if my dog has sinus problems

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how to tell if my dog has sinus problems
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 4 years ago.

Dr. Andy :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a 4 veterinarian practice.

Dr. Andy :

Hello

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Well, if your dog has chronic nasal discharge or sneezes a lot there is is some type of sinus problem.

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Typical causes would include:

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- upper respiratory infection
- allergic rhinitis (environmental allergies)
- a nasal foreign body (when something gets stuck up inside the nose like a foxtail)

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- a nasal tumor or polyp

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- actually, even dental disease...a tooth root infection can cause nasal problems.

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So, definitely, start with a veterinary examination. Sometimes, a trial and whether responsive or not to antibiotics and/or antihistamines can provide some clues.

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Other times, x-rays are needed.

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Lastly, if persistent, rhinoscopy can be done (that is the camera up the nose).

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Hope that info helps

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Customer: she snores an breath smells bad. she also snorts like she has drainage .
Dr. Andy :

Understood. The breath, almost for certain, is due to periodontal disease. I do not doubt she needs a dental cleaning.

Dr. Andy :

You could always give a antihistamine to see if helps. It can dry up the sinuses, but may not treat the cause.

Dr. Andy :

Benadryl can be a bit sedating, just so you know:

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Benadryl can be given at a dose of 1mg per pound of body weight. Keep in mind, Benadryl tablets and liquids come in different sizes. So, an approximately 25 pound dog can get a full 25mg tablet or a half of a 50mg tablet. I usually avoid the liquid Benadryl in larger dogs (you would have to give too much of it). You can give Benadryl every 8-12 hours.

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May I be of any further help?

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Best ideas I can throw out there.

Customer: Thank you that's all.
Dr. Andy :

Good Luck.

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