Story courtesy Val Heart
Information courtesy budurl.com/doggysneezing
When people and pets sneeze, there are two possible reasons: membranes that line the inner nasal track are inflamed or a foreign object is present in the nostrils, which triggers the body’s defense to get rid of it. Nasal membranes become inflamed either because the pet was exposed to a chemical irritant or it has contracted a respiratory tract infection.
In a query from dog-help.info, a reader shared:
“About a month ago I purchased a 7-month-old Yorkie. When I got her she was in pretty rough shape, flea infested, worm infested, fur matted underweight all that fun stuff. Well, she’s all cleaned up, flea free and putting on weight now but she sneezes (I believe) all the time. I’ve looked up collapsed trachea, reverse sneezing, and kennel cough and I am certain it is not any of these things. She will take in a deep breath and then force air out her little nose exactly like a sneeze,
When we are playing and she is excited she does it over and over again but when we are out jogging she does not do it. Nothing happens when she is sleeping. When she is awake and just hanging out it only happens maybe every 5 minutes, but when we are playing and she is killing my hand she does it over and over. I’m wondering is this something I should be concerned about? Is it something specific to a small or Yorkie breed? She doesn’t seem to be in any pain or have any trouble breathing just constantly clearing her nose or sneezing. The previous owner said they just thought she had allergies but they didn’t really seem to take very good care of her to begin with so who cares what they think . I’m wondering if anyone else has dealt with this or heard of it, Is it a serious issue or is she just clearing her nose? Should I be worried or is there something I should be doing to help her?"
Sneezing can be associated with an upper respiratory tract infection. Some times the only symptom of the infection is sneezing so it’s hard to detect and infection. Bacteria can also cause sneezing, bacterial tract infections are caused by Bordetella, Streptococci, Pasteurella and Pseudomonas bacteria. Bordetella the cause of kennel cough. Being that you just got your Yorkie and she was in poor condition, doesn’t surprise me that something is going on. You need to take her to your vet for a complete checkup and then go from there.
Other reasons why she may be sneezing is in fact an allergy or it can be a tooth problem. Again, your vet can better determine the cause. I always suggest to all my clients that feeding a well made food and supplementing with a supplement is key to a healthy dog. Many allergies can disappear with a simple food change.
It also appears to be that your dog may be allergic to something in the place that you play most with her as. Maybe using some type of lotion that has a scent or something on the carpet, or perfume. It can also be due to food allergies, as well.
Sneezing is not a good sign for healthy dogs. But at the same time, you cannot do much for the problem on your own. There are too many possibilities, and therefore you need to get it checked up by a veterinarian. The relevant and appropriate treatment should then follow, if required. It is necessary to add “if required" here, because most of the symptoms of dog respiratory problems go away on their own and require only general home care and rest. Veterinary assessment is necessary to rule out the following possibilities that are indicated in cases of frequent sneezing:
Infection – Infections may be viral, bacterial or fungal.
Dental Disease – It may be a case of a dental infection or an abscess in the gum line that has become infected. An infected tooth root abscess may have started to affect the nose.
Sinus Infection – It can also be a case of sinus infection, which is characterized by sneezing and a stuffy nose, watery eyes, coughing and gagging.
Foreign Objects – Sometime a small blade of grass may have lodged in the nostril, causing irritation, and the dog is trying to expel it by snorting. It may be difficult for you to remove and a veterinarian’s help becomes necessary.
Allergies – Environmental or food allergies may also cause sneezing.
Growth in the Nose – The dog may have developed polyps (a small vascular growth on the surface of mucous membrane) in the nasal passage or a nasal tumor.
If nothing serious is detected, then it is safer to adopt a holistic and natural approach to dog respiratory problems to alleviate symptoms and shorten recovery time.
Homeopathic remedies and canine upper respiratory herbal treatments are natural and can provide the additional benefit of strengthening the immune system to prevent future occurrences.
Val Heart is internationally recognized and is called Animal Communicator to the Stars. She is known as The Real Dr Dolittle and is an expert animal whisperer. She specializes in improving health, behavior and performance problems with animals, and can often resolve issues in minutes not years because she bridges the gap between you and your animals.
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