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Sinus Infection in Dogs

What is a sinus infection in dogs?

Usually when a dog has a sinus infection this could be due to a viral, fungal or bacterial infection. Typically a veterinarian may think that a dog that just got over or is still suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection may be at more risk to get a sinus infection. There may be other things that could cause a dog to come down with a sinus infection such as, dust, smoke, mold or pollen. These things could cause a dog’s sinuses to become inflamed, which may make the dog more susceptible to a sinus infection. There may be some cases where a dog may become stung or bitten from an insect which may cause a sinus infection.

How is a dog diagnosed with sinus infection?

In some cases a dog may need to see a veterinarian to be diagnosed with a sinus infection. Usually the first thing a veterinarian may do may be a full physical exam; this may include a complete medical history. Normally a dog’s eye and nose may be looked at very carefully in order to figure out if a dog has a sinus infection. In some cases a vet may even listen to a dog’s breathing or do X-rays or an ultrasound to figure out why a dog is having congestion in the first place. When a vet determines why a dog has the congestion this could help figure out the best treatment option for a dog. For more information regarding sinus infection in dogs such as, can a dog pass a sinus infection to a human or are there certain breeds of dogs that get sinus infections more commonly than others. Read below where an Expert answered questions like these and many others.

Can a sinus infection cause a dog’s face to swell up and have trouble breathing?

Typically a dog may have a serious sinus infection that could cause swelling in a dog’s face; this may not be very likely. Typically swelling in the face that causes a dog to have difficulty breathing may be from an allergic reaction. This could be a reaction from anything such as an insect sting or to a medication. Typically if a dog is having trouble breathing the dog may need to be taken to an emergency vet as soon as possible. A vet may be able to determine what is causing the swelling and the breathing problems.

Could dimetap or prednisone be used to treat a sinus infection in dogs?

Usually dimetap may contain certain components that may not be the best to be used for dogs. There may even be some ingredients in dimetap that could harm a dog, so some veterinarians may not recommend giving dimetap to a dog. Now as for prednisone this medication may be known as a steroid. This could be bad for a sinus infection for a dog. Typically a steroid may smother a dog’s immune system. This could cause an upper respiratory infection to become very serious.

How can a veterinarian tell the difference between a viral and bacterial sinus infection?

Typically a vet may not be able to just look at a dog and determine whether a dog has a viral or bacterial sinus infection. In some cases a vet may need to run some test to decipher what is going on with a dog. This could be done by 2 different ways one being a culture test from the nasal discharge, the other way may be by blood tests. A bacterial infection may show up on a culture test and a viral infection may show up on a blood test.

Sinus infections in dogs may be either mild or severe this may depend on how long the infection goes without being treated. Some dog owners may have several questions upon finding out that their dog has a sinus infection these questions may include, what causes sinus infections or can a sinus infection cause death to a dog. For the answers to these questions and many others contact an Expert.

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