Green Nasal Discharge in Dogs

Any time that you detect nasal discharge in your dog, it's a sign that there may be some sort of an underlying condition. This symptom is typically not present alone in your pet; it's oftentimes one of several different signs that your dog is sick. While green nasal discharge is usually not a major symptom of a very serious condition, and is typically a sign of some sort of a cold or related minor illness, it's still very important that you treat your pet's condition seriously and take him to the vet for specific treatment ideas.

Conditions for Which Green Nasal Discharge Is a Symptom

If you notice that your dog has green nasal discharge, it's a good idea to look into the various things that could be causing that. There are many different conditions that may result in green nasal discharge. They include the following:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Common cold like illnesses
  • Inborn defects, such as cleft palate
  • Chronic dental disease
  • Oral tumors
  • Nasal tumors

When you notice that your pt has green nasal discharge, it's important therefore to recognize that there may also be serious conditions associated with this symptom. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the conditions listed above so that you'll have the best sense of what is going on with your pet.

Diagnosis of What Is Causing the Discharge

Because nasal discharge in general is one of many different potential symptoms for all of the conditions and diseases listed above, it's a good idea to take note of any other symptoms that you notice your pet experiencing concurrently. Take note especially of any of the following symptoms that you notice in your pet at the same time:

  • Visible signs of pain
  • Pawing at or rubbing on the nose
  • Sneezing or coughing
  • Quick inhalations
  • Loss of weight or appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Bleeding or other discharge from the mouth or nose
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

In order to diagnose the cause of your pet's nasal discharge, you should keep track of all of the different symptoms that you notice as they happen. Keep a log of when and how the symptoms developed and how severe they have been. Bring that with you when you visit the vet's office.

Treatment for the Discharge Condition

Treating nasal discharge in dogs depends on the underlying condition. In the case of respiratory infections or viruses, your vet will likely recommend one of several different medicines designed to promote your dog's immune system and to remove any bacteria or other cause of disease. For more serious conditions, further tests and procedures may be necessary, including surgery or other procedures as well. If your pet's nasal discharge is due to an inborn defect, you may need to have your pet operated on to have corrective surgery to help remedy the problem.

If you notice green nasal discharge, it's best to schedule an appointment with the veterinarian as soon as possible so that you can help to address your dog's issue before it becomes a serious threat to his overall health.