Dog Sinus Problems: dogs as humans may become congested at times. There are a few home remedies for sinus problems in dogs that dog owners may provide their dogs with from the comfort of home; 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 be found in order to treat the dog properly.
Home Remedies for Sinus Congestion:
Turn the Shower On
You can start by running the shower with hot water, closing the bathroom door and allowing your dog to inhale the vapors by staying close by the tub without getting wet. This can be done frequently during the day for 10-15 minute sessions and helps relieve the congestion as the humidity helps open those clogged passageways.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
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.
Kick Humidity up a Notch
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.
Keep Passages Clear
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.
Sooth with Saline
Children’s saline drops may also be helpful for rinsing the nose and liquefying the mucus exudate.
Importance of Seeing the Vet
While these home remedies for dog sinus problems may provide some support, the most helpful tip is finding the underlying cause so to nip these problems in the bud. Sinus infections in dogs may be caused by a viral, fungal or bacterial infection. If your dog was diagnosed with sinus problems and has tried antibiotics already with little relief, 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. Common allergies in dogs are to dust, mold, pollen or smoke. A vet should be consulted for proper diagnosis and treatment. Upon examination the vet will perform a physical exam paying close attention to the dog’s nose, eyes and mouth. An x-ray of the head may be helpful to rule out growths or tumors which are more common in elderly dogs. A culture of any nasal discharge can help determine if the sinus problems are caused by virus or bacteria.
If your dog appears feverish, lethargic and not his/her normal self it may require prompt veterinary treatment. Home treatments may provide temporary relief until the underlying cause is properly addressed. If your dog develops facial swelling and trouble breathing, see your vet immediately. Your dog may be suffering from an allergic reaction which may lead to death due to anaphylactic shock.
*Disclaimer: the above article is not to be used as a substitute for veterinary advice nor as a diagnostic tool. If your pet is sick please refer to your veterinarian for a hands on examination.