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Dog Sneezing

What is dog sneezing?

It may be very normal for a dog to sneeze; some dogs may even snort from time to time. Some owners may have some difficulty telling the difference between the two. Typically sneezing may occur when dust or some other particle enters a dog’s nose. This could irritate the nostril causing a dog to sneeze. In some cases when a dog sneezes this could be a sign of an infection, allergic reaction, something wrong in the upper respiratory tract or a blockage in the upper airway. Usually if the dog is just suffering from an irritant typically the mucous membranes in the nasal pathways should stop the dog from sneezing.

What are the main causes of sneezing in dogs?

There may be several causes of why a dog sneezes, some may include but are not limited to.

1. Infectious diseases could cause a dog to sneeze. This could include upper respiratory infection, kennel cough or distemper.
2. If a dog has an upper airway obstruction such as cancers, extra tissue in the nasal pathway, foreign objects.
3. One of the most common reasons for sneezing may be allergies or immune disease.
4. Irritants that are inhaled such as, perfumes, pollen, carpet sprinkles or dust could cause sneezing in dogs.

Sneezing may not be a great issue for some dogs, but other dogs such as small breeds may have difficulty trying to stop sneezing. This may typically be due to the small nasal pathways that small breeds have. Some dog owners may not realize the seriousness of sneezing in dogs. For more information regarding sneezing in dogs such as, how can a sneeze affect a dog or can a dog die from sneezing; read below where an Expert may answer these questions.

Is sneezing and a reverse sneeze the same thing?

When a dog sneezes this may be where the dog blows out a large amount of air from the lungs through the nose and mouth. Typically a dogs head may be exerted downwards, quite fast and with much force. Now as for a reverse sneeze, this may be self explanatory, meaning it is a sneeze that happens backwards. Usually in a reverse sneeze a dog’s head may be thrown backwards with a great deal of force. Instead of air coming out of the nose it may be sucked in. This may cause a dog’s mouth and lips to suck into its face. Some cases a dog may even start to gag.

What could cause white mucous to come out of a dogs nose when sneezing?

In some cases when a dog sneezes they may release mucous that was trapped in the nasal pathways; this could be from dust or other irritants. However this could be from an infection, which could make the sneezing much worse as time passes. This may be something to have checked by a veterinarian. If the dog is suffering from congestion, a humidifier could be of help. Typically this could be done for about 10 to 15 minutes around 2 times a day. Another option could be steam from a hot shower; by allowing a dog to breathe humidified air this could loosen up the mucous in the nasal pathways allowing the dog to breathe easier and to stop sneezing.

How can someone stop a dog from sneezing and snorting at the same time?

Typically if a dog snorts and sneezes at the same time this may be a reverse sneeze. In some cases an owner could try having the dog lick his/her fingers; this may help restore normal air flow. Another option may be to say the dog’s favorite words such as, go bye bye or outside. This may get the dogs attention off the sneezing and allow the dog to inhale.

Sneezing may be ordinary for a pet owner to see happen, some owners may not even think twice about the action. However in some cases a dog could be sneezing from a serious infection or something lodged in the nasal pathways. Dog owners may have questions about dogs sneezing such as, can sneezing cause any damage to a dogs brain or can a dog get a person sick from sneezing. Contact an Expert for answers to these questions and many others.

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