There are several things that could make your dog sneeze. My clients are often surprised to hear that their pet has allergies to pollens and molds. In humans it is called hay fever and in animals it is called atopy. Atopy can cause itchy skin, itchy ears, runny eyes and sneezing. One of the classic symptoms is licking and chewing the bottom of the paw.
Wet, warm, weather encourages plants to grow, reproduce, and release their pollen to the wind. Contact with or inhaling those protein coated genetic packages inflames the victims of hay fever, both animal and human. Stuffy noses and sinus problems plague the two legged patient and both the biped and quadrupeds share the symptoms of runny eyes and sneezing. Pollens, molds, and grasses may make both dogs and cats very itchy and their ears can get very red and inflamed. Some pet may sneeze and “reverse sneeze” during the hay fever season.
Antihistamines can be helpful for itchy pets. Benadryl or diphenhydramine, Claritin or loratidine, Allertec or cetirizine, and Allegra or fexofenadine can be used to treat itchy dogs and cats, red ears, itchy feet, hives, and bee stings. The dosage for these drugs are to the right of this blog in the free download, 11 Practical home Remedies. The dosage for allegra is 30 mg for a small dog or cat twice daily, 6omg for a medium dog, and 90-180 mg for a large dog. Dogs are very tolerant to antihistamines and they are very safe.
Different antihistamines may work better for some pets than other just as in humans. So if one does not seem to work, try another!
The little terrier in this video started violently sneezing with a bit of blood. Here in the California foothills, foxtails are a very common cause of this type of sneezing. Other causes of sneezing are allergies, infections, growths or tumors, dental abscesses that enter the nasal cavity, and other small foreign objects like grass. Violent sneezing may dislodge the plant seed or blade of grass and shoot it outward or suck it inward where it can be swallowed and digested.
Many dogs with atopy or hay fever will “reverse sneeze”
Some dogs are sentenced to an endless cycle of medications for common medical problems. Veterinarians were trained to diagnose and treat with drugs. We were not trained to consider how commercial diets may cause and add to medical problems. Many dogs with really itchy dry skin, red ears, seizures, or other medical problems, improve with a better diet. Decreasing suffering and saving money is worth the consideration!
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