Dogs as humans may become congested at times. There are a few things that dog owners may do from the comfort of home to help relieve some congestion. However, this is for just temporary relief, as many cases of sinus problems require antibiotics to fight off the infection. The underlying cause of the congestion must found in order to treat the dog properly.
Home Remedies for Sinus Congestion:
- You can start by running the shower with hot water, closing the bathroom door and allowing him/her to inhale the vapors by staying closeby the tub without getting wet. This can be done frequently during the day for 10-15 minute sessions and helps relieve the congestion.
- You may also offer some warm chicken broth -with no onion or garlic- and offer this with his dry kibble or alone to lap up or you can simply add warm water to his food. This should clear up the passages for a bit. Just make sure it is not too warm, try to test the temperature with a finger before offering it.
- Keeping the home humidified is also very helpful, you may use a non medicated humidifier and run it in the room your dog spends the most part of the day.
- You also want to try to keep the nasal passages as clear as possible by wiping the nose with a warm cloth frequently during the day.
- If the nose looks very dry on the outside, you can apply some vaseline on it to provide moisture.
- Children’s saline drops may also be helpful to rinse the nose.
However, the most helpful tip perhaps is finding the underlying cause so to nip these problems in the bud. If your dog was diagnosed with sinus problems and has tried antibiotics already with little relief so, underlying fungal causes, should be suspected as these tend to not respond to antibiotics.
Sometimes sinus problems derive from dental issues, and most pets over the age of 5 have some level of dental decay.
Allergies may be an underlying cause of sinus problems. A vet should be consulted for proper diagnosis and treatment. An x-ray of the head may be helpful to rule out growths or tumors.
If your dog appears feverish, lethargic and not his/her normal self it may require prompt veterinary treament. Home treatments may provide temporary relief until the underlying cause is properly addressed.