Is your dog sneezing all of a sudden? As an experienced dog owner, I have seen my dog do all types of interesting (and sometimes frustrating) things. Sometimes, I roll my eyes. Other times, I am concerned. I remember the first time my dog had a sneezing fit, and I wasn’t sure what to do. Why was this happening?
Why is my dog sneezing so much all of a sudden? Sneezing happens when your dog has an irritant in the upper airway of its nose. Dogs sneeze to expel the irritant, just like we do. If they cannot clear the irritant on the first attempt, they continue to sneeze until they do.
What could this irritant possibly be? Do you need to be concerned about a dog sneezing a lot? As a dog owner, there is a lot to consider.
What Are Common Irritants in a Dog’s Nose?
There are countless reasons why your dog may be sneezing. Usually, the culprit is something that has gotten up their nose, causing an itch or tickling them. Therefore, dogs sneeze to clear it. There are several common examples, including:
- Dust: Dust is the most common irritant around. If you find yourself sneezing, there is a good chance that you have some dust in your nose. Dogs are the same way. Our dogs are the same and will sneeze to clear the dust out of their nasal passageways.
- Pollen: Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? If so, you know that pollen can make you sneeze. Dogs are similar. If there is a lot of pollen outside, dogs can inhale this as well. Therefore, they may start sneezing to get rid of it.
- Household Cleaning Products: Do you find that your dog starts to sneeze as soon as you begin to clean your house? If so, household cleaning products could be the culprit. If you are using powerful cleaning agents, the scent can be irritating to your dog and can cause him or her to start sneezing.
- Twigs and Leaves: If you have a dog that likes to sniff the ground, dig in the dirt, and crawl under trees, the culprit could be small twigs and leaves. Remember that dogs explore with their noses. They have a strong sense of smell. If they bury their nose in the ground, they will get twigs and leaves stuck up their nose from time to time. As a result, they may start to sneeze.
These are just a few of the most common irritants that dogs could get stuck up their nose. At the same time, irritants are not the only reason why a dog may start to sneeze.
Why Does My Dog Start Sneezing When Playing?
There’s also a chance you may notice that your dog starts to sneeze when he or she is playing. Particularly if your dog is playing with young children, other dogs, or even cats, they may begin to sneeze continuously. Sneezing like this is called “play sneezing.” There are certain situations where dogs may start to sneeze if they get excited about something. Fortunately, this is normal and harmless. Play sneezing is simply a sign that your dog is enjoying itself.
Play sneezing is more common among smaller dogs; however, larger dogs will do this from time to time. If your dog is sneezing when you are playing with them, don’t worry, your dog is just enjoying the moment.
Can a Cold Cause My Dog To Start Sneezing?
If you have ever had the flu, a cold, or seasonal allergies, you know that this nasal infection can cause you to start sneezing. Can this happen for dogs as well? If you find that your dog is sneezing continuously for several hours or several days, this could be a sign of a nasal infection. Keep in mind that your dog should be able to clear irritants in a few minutes. If your dog is sneezing because he or she is playing, this should stop on your dog starts to play.
As a result, if you noticed that your dog is sneezing continuously over several hours or days, this could be a sign of a nasal infection. If your dog has a nasal infection, your dog will probably be coughing as well as sneezing; however, if you notice that your dog is sneezing for several days, this is a good reason to reach out to a trained veterinary specialist.
There are several nasal infections that your dog could contract. For example, aspergillus is a common culprit. Aspergillus is an infection that develops when your dog inhales fungus that usually hangs out in dusty areas or around hay piles. In addition to sneezing, you may also notice nosebleeds, swelling, and discharge coming from the nose. If you notice these symptoms, you need to take your dog to the vet as soon as possible to have the infection treated.
There are also certain situations where your dog may contract an infection caused by nasal mites. These are small, tiny bugs that will get stuck inside the nasal passages of your dog when dogs are digging in the dirt with their noses. These nasal mites can be irritating. You may notice nosebleeds and discharge coming from your nose. If you notice these symptoms, you need to take your dog to the vet quickly to treat the infection.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dogs Sneezing
Some of the most common questions people have about dogs sneezing include:
Is my dog having a hard time breathing if she or she is sneezing?
Even though this is possible, it is incredibly unusual. If your dog is having a hard time breathing, you will probably notice other symptoms in addition to sneezing.
Why is my dog snoring?
You may notice that your dog snores at night. If that is the case, additional sneezing could be a sign of difficulty breathing. If you see that your dog is regularly snoring, this is something to address with a trained veterinarian.
What if my dog is snorting?
If your dog is snorting, this could be a sign that your dog is overweight. If your dog has a lot of excess weight, it can be difficult for him or her to breathe, which is another reason to take your dog to the veterinarian.
Could my dog have a congenital anatomic issue?
It is possible. Congenital disabilities usually show themselves early in the dog’s life. Therefore, it is unusual for this to pop up in older dogs. If you believe your dog is sneezing a lot because he or she is having trouble breathing, you may need to take your dog to the vet for a physical exam. It is also possible that the veterinarian may order a series of images as well.
Does my dog have a tooth infection?
It is also possible that your dog may have an infected tooth. The third upper premolar has its roots very close to nasal passages. If this tooth is infected, it may cause your dog to start sneezing. If you notice that your dog is not eating as much as it should be, there could be an infected tooth. Your dog should see a vet to treat the infection.
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