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My pug has probhelms breathing. It appears s left nostril is

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Customer: My pug has probhelms breathing. It appears his left nostril is totally blocked. The antihistamines suggested by the vet are not workiing.
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Customer: Do you know of a good product that may open the pug's nostril?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm sorry to hear that your pup hasn't been feeling well. How long has this been going on and what has the vet tried so far to help? Has he been to the vet for a physical examination?

When I see a dog with one nostril blocked but the other flowing freely, I get concerned for a mechanical obstruction. This could be caused by exudate (mucus, biological material, "snot") from an infection - although usually when it's an infection, it happens to both nostrils at the same time. Another possibility is obstruction with a foreign object, like a piece of plant material or food that got pushed into the back of the nasal canal from the oral cavity. You didn't say his age, but in older pets I also worry for things like nasal or sinus tumors and dental abscesses. Depending on your geographic area, fungal infections in the nose can also cause obstruction. If the pet appears to be happy and stable aside from a "boogery" nose, I usually start with antibiotics and time. If that doesn't help, then we have to discuss moving forward with diagnostics like a an anesthetized dental exam with extraction of any suspicious teeth, X-rays of the skull, and possibly a nasal flush. The last resort diagnostically is to put a scope (camera) up into the oral and nasal cavities to look around and gather tissue samples for biopsy and culture. So the short answer to your question on whether there's a product to open up that nostril is that it depends on what's causing the problem. If it's any of the most common issues, then it's going to require some veterinary intervention. You can certainly try placing plain saline drops into his nostrils. This is easiest to accomplish by pointing his face directly toward the sky and placing 2-3 drops into each nostril. That's unlikely to harm him, and could dislodge a small piece of material blocking the nasal canal.

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Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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