Dog sneezing has several causes. But what is striking is the fact that dogs sneeze for the same reasons humans do. Sneezing is not a disease in itself. It is only a symptom. Thus it is important to know what causes such sneezing and how to respond to it.
Upper respiratory tract infections caused by airborne viruses and bacteria may cause sneezing. It is important to isolate animals who exhibit the symptom accompanied by nasal discharge and fever. This is because while some animal diseases that cause sneezing are not passable to humans, they can easily be transmitted to other animals.
Dog sneezing may also be caused by temporary irritations. This happens when certain particles such as dust, pollen or mold enter the nasal area. In order to get rid of these particles, a dog’s natural mechanism will trigger sneezing. This is usually a less serious cause and does not call for intensive medical treatment unless otherwise determined.
Allergic reactions can also cause sneezing. Allergens such as pollen, dust, debris, chemicals and even some types of food may cause dogs to sneeze. This cause however is non-contagious, but a veterinarian should be consulted just to make sure that no other more serious cause is involved.
Among the more serious causes of dog sneezing are tumors and sinus and dental problems or infections. These require immediate medical attention and care.
Sneezing caused by tumors is usually accompanied by bloody nasal discharges from the nostrils. Polyps that develop along the nasal passages, whether cancerous or benign, may cause irritation and, subsequently, sneezing. A build-up of abscess in the case of an infection of the dog’s teeth may also trigger sneezing. Any of these causes are enough to cause severe suffering on the dog, and a trip to the veterinarian may put it out of trouble.
Usually dog sneezing is taken for granted by most owners, reasoning out that it is only natural. Indeed it is natural, for even humans sneeze, but a natural cause may be a severe one. Procrastination in determining the cause and seeking remedies can only lead to detrimental effects to both the dog and its owner. It is only when it is too late do people realize that they should have gone to the veterinarian before hand.
Natural remedies should be considered first before resorting to drugs. Immediate reliance on drugs, when misplaced, can only aggravate the situation. Sometimes the cause for dog sneezing may not be life-threatening (but in any case if an owner is not sure he or she should visit the veterinarian with the dog), and overreaction can only do the dog more harm than good. Thus a carefully-measured, intelligent response should always be given whenever a dog sneezes.