Even healthy dogs that have been handed a clean bill of health may sometimes show signs of certain diseases of the canine respiratory system, like sneezing attacks that may last anywhere between a few snorts to continuous sneezing for a minute or two.
Sneezing is not a good sign for healthy dogs. But at the same time, you cannot do much for the problem on your own. There are too many possibilities, and therefore you need to get it checked up by a veterinarian. The relevant and appropriate treatment should then follow, if required. It is necessary to add ‘if required’ here, because most of the symptoms of dog respiratory problems go away on their own and require only general home care and rest. Veterinary assessment is necessary to rule out the following possibilities that are indicated in cases of frequent sneezing:
- Infection - Infections may be viral, bacterial or fungal.
- Dental Disease - It may be a case of a dental infection or an abscess in the gum line that has become infected. An infected tooth root abscess may have started to affect the nose.
- Sinus Infection - It can also be a case of sinus infection, which is characterized by sneezing and a stuffy nose, watery eyes, coughing and gagging.
- Foreign Objects - Sometime a small blade of grass may have lodged in the nostril, causing irritation, and the dog is trying to expel it by snorting. It may be difficult for you to remove and a veterinarian’s help becomes necessary.
- Allergies - Environmental or food allergies may also cause sneezing.
- Growth in the Nose - The dog may have developed polyps (a small vascular growth on the surface of mucous membrane) in the nasal passage or a nasal tumor.
If nothing serious is detected, then it is safer to adopt a holistic and natural approach to dog respiratory problems to alleviate symptoms and shorten recovery time.
Homeopathic remedies and canine and feline upper respiratory herbal treatments are natural and can provide the additional benefit of strengthening the immune system to prevent future occurrences.
Potent homeopathic remedies like Nat. Mur, Pulsatilla and Kali Bich are indicated for respiratory problems like sneezing, runny nose, excess mucus and congestion. Herbs like licorice and thyme, on the other hand, have anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can give long term benefits. In addition, providing adequate supportive home care can keep your dog comfortable for as long as the symptoms last.