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My dog sounds like she has a cold and has to blow her nose,

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My dog sounds like she has a cold and has to blow her nose, she went to the vet and was giving guafensen and amoxicillian. That was three weeks ago, nothing has changed. Is there anything i can buy at a local store to give her? I really dont want to spend a few hundred more dollars and get no result
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry your little one is having nasal congestion and the medications your vet prescribed were not successful in resolving her signs.

I can give you some guidelines to try for her to see if this resolves her symptoms but unfortunately with her age if there is no improvement then a repeat veterinary exam might be warranted. If it is only nasal congestion and no cough, discharge, nor energy/ appetite change you can request a nasal drop to help reduce her congestion. I typically will use a triple antibiotic with steroid eye drop in the nose twice daily off label in these situations to provide relief... there is a possibility that your vet will dispense this without requiring an exam since she has been seen for this recently.

- Steam of the shower several times throughout the day in 10 minute intervals to dilate the nasal passages and provide relief
- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8 hours to reduce the nasal congestion. May cause sedation and not effective in every patient so if there is no change with benadryl potentially try claritin at 0.25 mg/ pound daily as an alternative
- A humidifier in the home or room that she tends to lay in will help act as a decongestant

I hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today. I hope she is feeling better soon!

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier.

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