23 Oct Why is my dog sneezing so much? Treat it
Dogs sneeze for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is allergies to environmental triggers such as dust mites, mold, and pollen. Sneezing can also be caused by respiratory infections like kennel cough or the flu. If you’ve noticed that your dog has been sneezing more than usual, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to rule out any serious health issues.
Why is my dog sneezing so much?
There are a few reasons your dog may be sneezing more than usual. Allergies, infections, and environmental irritants can cause excessive sneezing in dogs.
How to stop a dog from constantly sneezing?
If your pup has been sneezing excessively for several hours, it may be time to call your vet. Your dog’s doctor can help you determine the underlying cause of the sneezing. There are many ways you can help stop sneezing in dogs without having to resort to medications.
Here are some steps you can take at home if your pup is constantly sneezing:
Clean the house thoroughly to remove any environmental triggers causing your dog’s sneezing. Once you’ve done this, take the time every day to wipe down the surfaces in your home with a mixture of vinegar and water.
Wipe down all of your pup’s toys weekly with vinegar and water solution or soap and warm water. Wash bedding once per week in hot water.
Exercise your pup in the yard or in an ample space to reduce the amount of allergens he is coming in contact with every day.
Limit dust exposure by running a HEPA filter during cold and flu season. Some pet owners find that air filters help their pets, while others find they make no difference. If you do, they can be found online for around $30.
Take your pup to the groomer to get rid of any allergens hiding in his fur. Sneeze himself dry! If he has long hair, it may be time for a trim. Talk with your vet about whether or not shaving is appropriate for your dog’s breed and skin type.
Bath your pup every week. Some dogs with allergies have relief from their symptoms after a good scrub down. Make sure you find a shampoo that won’t further irritate your pup’s skin and that you rinse the soap thoroughly from his fur, as soapy residue can irritate.
Soak up any water he sneezes out of his nose with a cloth. This can be a temporary fix until you get to your vet for a prescription nasal spray, but it’s important to keep him from drying out and developing an infection.
If he sneezes more than twice or seems congested, wipes the underside of his nose with a warm damp cloth. Repeat this several times a day until the sneezing stops and you can get him to your vet.
Can I give my dog cold medicine?
It is never a good idea to give medication meant for humans to dogs, even if it’s just something like Tylenol or Advil. Many medications that we take orally or as an injection can be deadly to dogs.
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