Has your dog ever gotten into some pepper or something spicy? The first reaction is almost always to scrunch up their face, shake their head, and let out a massive sneeze. And though it can be funny — and even cute — in the moment, if the sneezing continues (and they haven’t gotten into anything), it could be a cause for concern.
If your dog sneezes once or twice and stops, that’s not a big deal. It’s normal. If they have one sneezing fit and then stop, that’s also normal. But if your dog begins to sneeze often or excessively, you should have them evaluated by a vet.
Dogs can sneeze for myriad reasons. Here’s why:
Dogs can sneeze normally, which is what you typically see, or they can reverse sneeze. Reverse sneezing is when they draw in a puff of air instead of expelling it, and it’s usually caused by excitement.
If your dog has other symptoms along with the sneezing like nasal discharge or a nosebleed, try to observe if it’s affecting only one nostril or both. This information will be helpful for your vet. If your dog has been having sneezing fits and won’t stop, your vet will first check for irritants in the nasal passages. Following that, they’ll do a physical examination, blood work, and X-rays to determine the root cause, like an infection.
Depending on the underlying condition, like nasal mites or the flu, sneezing will be accompanied with some pretty specific other symptoms, such as:
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