Dogs can get allergic reactions like people do. But unlike humans, dogs don’t usually know when they are having an allergy attack. So it’s up to you to take care of them and make sure they don’t suffer needlessly!
A dog may be sneezing because he has allergies or because something is stuck in his nose. Sneezing often accompanies vomiting, which makes us think that the dog swallowed some foreign object or had too much hair sprayed into his nose by a groomer fussing over him before the big show at the kennel club next week.
But many times there’s no clear cause for a bout of sneezing, so we have to wait until it passes naturally. That usually happens after the dog sneezes half a dozen times or so, but make sure he doesn’t have any other symptoms like trouble breathing.
The only reason to take your pooch to the vet is if he’s still sneezing after two days or if he has trouble breathing .
Some common causes for canine sneezing are:
Allergies – Dogs can be allergic to anything from pollen and mold to certain types of food. Dogs also have allergies just like people do. If they’re exposed to something that their body thinks is dangerous, it will try and fight off the perceived invader with an immune system response. In some cases, this triggers a histamine reaction that leads your dear pooch to sneeze. Dust and other irritants – Even indoor dogs can suffer from allergies; they just don’t usually get the chance to roll in anything that could give them a rash or make their skin red like outdoor dogs do. Small particles like dust, plant pollen, grasses, and ragweed can find their way into your dog’s nasal passages and cause irritation. If this is the case, keep him out of dusty areas so he doesn’t breathe it in! Sinus Infection – While there’s not much you can do at home, you’ll definitely want to take your pooch to the vet if he has an infection caused by bacteria or fungus . The symptoms are different than allergies: instead of sneezing fits with clear mucus, he may have a frequent dry cough or a runny nose that smells bad. Common causes for sinus infections are parasites and kennel cough . Insect Bites – If your dog has been stung by wasps or bees, especially on his muzzle , it’s possible that the toxin they inject to protect themselves caused him to sneeze. Allergic Reaction – This is usually triggered by something like pollen, dust mites, mold spores, dander (dead skin), or food allergies. When dogs ingest certain foods like corn or wheat gluten despite their owners’ efforts at careful surveillance over what goes into Fido’s dish , they can suffer itching and inflammation of the ears and paws as well as sneezing fits.
Groomer Problems – If your dog had a really bad experience getting groomed and is now sneezing, it could be because he got sprayed by water or shampoo into his nose. It’s considered an emergency if the groomer accidentally gets the solution into your pooch’s eyes as this can cause tearing and even temporary blindness .
Smog / Pollen / Dust – This is not so much due to allergies but due to breathing in pollutants. Also, try and keep him indoors on days when pollution levels are very high and allergens like pollen blowing around.
Upper Respiratory Infection – Canine Cough Syrup may help with this condition; check with your vet before giving any medication without professional advice first though!
If your dog has any of these symptoms, contact your vet.
As always, prevention is the best medicine, so keep dust and other allergens out of the house with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in his favorite room or invest in an air purifier. If you’re really concerned about pollen problems, get him some allergy shots to build up immunity . Or simply wait until May rolls around and take him for a walk outside before 5:00 pm when pollen counts are lower. That gives him some fresh air and exercise while taking care of his sniffles!
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Don’t let your four legged friend suffer needlessly; make sure he doesn’t have allergies with our 100% natural dog treats . Add some to his food for a tasty training aid, or give him one whenever you’re working on housetraining.
Certified organic apples provide lots of vitamin C , which is great for your dog’s immune system!
Organic blueberries are full of antioxidants, which help promote your puppy’s good health by fighting off free radicals. Blueberries also contain tannins (antioxidants) that work as astringents, reducing mucous production in the respiratory tract .
Organic carrots are high in fiber and beta-carotene , which helps maintain healthy skin and coat. Carrots play an important role in canine dental care because chewing through them stimulates gums and cleans teeth.
Organic flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for cardiovascular health . Omega-3s also boost your dog’s immune system by promoting the production of antibodies that fight off infections.
Organic oats are full of protein , fiber, B vitamins, iron , magnesium, manganese, phosphorus , potassium, thiamin (vitamin B1), and zinc . Oats help maintain gastrointestinal health by regulating intestinal flora. They also contain antioxidants to help boost your pup’s immune system .
Organic parsley helps reduce gas caused by food fermenting in your puppy’s stomach. It contains high levels of vitamin C , beta carotene, calcium , iron , choline , and potassium . Like carrots, parsley is a natural breath freshener that cleans teeth and gums.
Organic quinoa is a protein-packed super food for dogs! It contains all nine essential amino acids , as well as high levels of fiber, B vitamins , iron , magnesium, manganese , phosphorus , potassium, thiamin (vitamin B1), and zinc . It also contains antioxidants to help boost your pup’s immune system.
Organic spinach provides high levels of vitamin K , which helps keep bones healthy by increasing calcium absorption . Spinach also ensures strong muscles and bones because it’s an excellent source of vitamin A and C – two powerful antioxidants – plus the mineral manganese . Vitamin A protects eyes from damage, while vitamin C promotes healthy joints and cartilage .
Organic turkey is a lean source of protein with no steroids, hormones , or antibiotics. Turkey provides high levels B vitamins , niacin, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), riboflavin, thiamine (vitamin B1), and vitamin B6 – all of which help your pup maintain a healthy digestive system . It also contains selenium to promote a strong immune system.
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