Controlling Dog Sneezing Caused by Respiratory Tract Infections

Dog sneezing is a symptom of dog allergies. The involuntary act of sneezing expels the source of irritation in the nose or nostrils. The sneezing gets rid of bacteria from their nasal passageways. Respiratory tract infections are most common causes of dog sneezing. Dogs can be allergic to dust, mites and pollen which causes sneezing. Along with allergies, viruses and micro-organisms like bacteria cause respiratory tract infections. Some allergies are seasonal and the sneezing may disappear in time.

Symptoms of Respiratory Tract Infections

  • Constant sneezing
  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite

Respiratory tract infections can be cured with medication. It's essential to know the types of infections and the treatment options.

Upper Respiratory Infections

  • Bordetella Virus
  • Canine Influenza
  • Canine Distemper
  • Respiratory infections caused by parasites

Along with sneezing several respiratory infections induce cough, nasal discharge, runny eyes and lethargy. Most respiratory infections can be diagnosed by their physical symptoms. However in some cases the vet may conduct further tests to rule out diseases. These tests include blood tests, x-ray and physical examination. If you notice that your dog is sneezing excessively for more than 2 days, he requires prompt medical treatment. Watch for blood in nasal discharge as this may be symptoms of illnesses unrelated to respiratory tract infections.

Treatments for Sneezing

  • Antibiotics are used to treat infection caused by bacteria.
  • If the respiratory infection is caused due to parasites or nasal mites, the vet will prescribe anti-parasite medication.
  • Bronchodilators are prescribed for dogs that have difficulty breathing.
  • Allergies are treated by reducing exposure to allergens.
  • Respiratory tract infections are contagious and its best to keep the sick dog away from other pets.

Tips for Treating Sick Pets at Home

  • Give your dog plenty of fresh water and fluids.
  • Don't force him to exercise or walk until he recoups completely.
  • Keep his surroundings clean, especially his bedding and his food bowl.
  • Clean any discharge around his nose and eyes.
  • If your dog has lost his appetite give him nutritional supplements to boost his immune system.
  • Don't use any suppressants to stop the sneezing or coughing.
  • Consider homoeopathic medication to treat sinus and related respiratory infections.

Known Respiratory Medicines

  • HomeoPet Nose Relief
  • Lincocin
  • Sinu-Rite
  • Cephalexin
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Vanguard Plus 5
  • Theophylline

Most medicines require a prescription. It's essential to know the dosage instructions as well as be aware of any side effects caused by the drugs. You have to monitor your dog to check if the treatment is successful. If the sneezing doesn't stop or if you notice new symptoms you will have to correspond with the vet.

Try to make your pet feel comfortable by keeping him indoors and make sure he gets enough rest. Since respiratory tract infections are caused by bacteria, viruses and allergies, it's beneficial to vaccinate your pet regularly and control fleas to avoid parasites.