If your dog is sneezing, you may be looking for home remedies for dog sneezing to help your dog get more comfortable. Repeated sneezing fits are sure annoying and can look worrisome too if your dog can’t get to settle. While sneezing in humans is often associated with the common cold, in dogs it could have several different meanings. Following are some causes and home remedies for sneezing dogs.
Why is My Dog Sneezing?
Sneezing is the sudden outflow of air that travels from your dog’s lungs all the way out through his nose and mouth. Sneezing is your dog’s ways to respond to something irritating his upper airway, especially the lining of his nasal passages. Sneezing is often quite a normal response as the body’s way to clear the airway from dust, pollen or carpet sprinkles and clear discharge often helps dilute these offenders, but repeated sneezing may need attention. Your dog may have an allergy, an airway obstruction or an infectious disease. Following are some home remedies for mild sneezing in dogs.
Perform a Visual Inspection
If you dog allows, check your dog’s nose for signs of something stuck there. Using a flash light and tilting the dog’s head back is helpful. If your dog has long whiskers, they may sometimes get stuck by the nose and tickle it causing bouts of relentless sneezing. Other particles that can trigger sneezing are bits of food, seeds, blades of grass or foxtails stuck in the nasal passage. These are likely not visible though. Your vet may need to use a scope to visualize your dog’s nasal tissues and remove any foreign objects.
Take Your Dog’s Temperature
Normally, dog infectious diseases do not cause a sudden onset of sneezing fits out of the blue, but taking your dog’s rectal temperature is a good place to start so you can determine if your dog is running a fever. Simply lubricate a thermometer with vaseline and gently insert the tip as somebody distracts your dog with a treat. If your dog’s temperature is more than 101-102 degrees, see your vet promptly.
Calm Those Allergies
If your dog is allergic to something and is sneezing, you may calm down those fits by giving some Benadryl. Benadryl can be given at a dose of 1 to 2 mg per pound so a dog weighing 15 pounds would get anywhere between 15 to 30 mg, explains veterinarian Dr. Z. Make sure to use plain Benadryl only as the one combined with decongestants is harmful to dogs.
Along with calming down sneezing fits, Benadryl can also help your dog sleep as he awaits for his vet appointment. Benadryl can be given to a sneezing dog every 8 to 12 hours explains veterinarian Dr. Andy. Expect to see improvement (more sleepy, less sneezing) within 30 minutes, adds veterinarian Dr. Fiona. See your vet immediately though if you notice any facial swelling affecting the nose, cheek areas, under the jaw or around the eyes, as this may signal a serious allergy reaction, cautions veterinarian B. J Hughes.
Use Some Saline Drops
Another thing you can do to help your canine companion other than trying Benadryl is to flush her nasal passages out by using plain saline drops sold in the nasal spray aisle, suggests veterinarian Dr. Gabby. Another option is instilling 2 drops of “Little Noses” nose drops made for human infants into each nostril twice daily, suggests veterinary technician Candy.
See Your Vet
Sneezing may not be caused by allergies or some irritant. For this reason, you should see your vet, Sneezing can also be caused by growths in the nose, kennel cough, sinus infections and, even though rare, presence of nasal mites. Sometimes, a tooth root abscess may be a culprit. A dog’s teeth has very long roots that can reach close to the nasal sinuses and trigger sneezing and nose bleeds. As with other ailments, if your dog seems uncomfortable, lethargic and not eating, see your vet. Also see your vet if your dog has nasal discharge that is yellow or green or is bleeding from his nose. If your dog has persistent sneezing that doesn’t stop, see your vet.
*Disclaimer: All remedies suggested are not to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If your pet is sick please refer to your veterinarian for a hands on examination. If your pet is exhibiting behavior problems please refer to a professional pet behaviorist.