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Dog Sneezing and Runny Nose: Causes ,Treatment, Cautions

Many people will find the dog nose dripping without knowing what is causing it.

For humans, a runny nose is a common occurrence and usually does not cause many health problems. However, a runny nose in dogs can be associated with other health problems such as allergies, nausea, viral infections, bacterial infections, foreign bodies, trauma, and tumors.

Sometimes dogs runny nose can be treated at home or not at all, just like people. In most cases, a mild runny nose can heal on its own, but if there is a prolonged abnormal nasal discharge, it is best to take the dog to the vet as soon as possible to avoid missing the best time for treatment.

Dog allergies 

Dogs may be allergic to things like pollen, food, medications, or seasonal changes, all of which can be the cause of your dog’s runny nose. 

Symptoms of allergies in dogs 

  1. Nostrils are obviously runny
  2. Tears always flowing 
  3. Sneezing 
  4. Constant scratching and itching 


  1. Go to the pet hospital for an allergy blood test. 
  2. Use medication to stop the allergic reaction.

Dog nose blocked by objects

Some dogs will sniff continuously for up to 40 seconds. Small debris can easily be inhaled into the nasal cavity, causing a nosebleed or runny nose. If you see something stuck in your dog’s nose, try using tweezers to carefully pull it out. Alternatively, if the object being inhaled into the nasal cavity is causing the nose to bleed, you will need to take the dog to the hospital for antibiotics to prevent infection.

Symptoms of foreign body blockage

  1. Runny nose
  2. Sneezing
  3. Nosebleeds


  1. Try to use some communication to shine the dog’s nose to see if there is something stuck.
  2. If you find something inside the nostril, you can try to remove it with your fingers. If you can’t reach it, we recommend using tweezers carefully.
  3. If you cannot see anything, try putting a mirror under the dog’s nose to observe.

Viral or Bacterial Infections in Dogs

Dog runny nose may be infected with infectious diseases, such as dog flu, distemper and other serious diseases caused by viruses and bacteria, and is very easy to spread, when other animals cough or sneeze, it will be transmitted through the air. If one of the puppies is infected, it will increase the likelihood of other dogs getting the virus.

Symptoms of virus infection in dogs

  1. Pus-like nasal discharge
  2. Abnormal discharge from the eyes and nose
  3. Fever of 40 degrees Celsius for 2-3 days
  4. Poor appetite, mental confusion
  5. Vomiting, diarrhea
  6. Cough


  1. Buy distemper test strips to check your dog.
  2. Go to the pet hospital for diagnosis and take care of your dog according to the doctor’s advice.
  3. Keep your dog’s body warm and dry.
  4. Feed them healthy food that is easy to digest.
  5. Try to get your dog to drink more water.

Dogs with sinusitis

Viral infections are the most common cause of sudden rhinitis or sinusitis in dogs, while pollen, dust, mold, smoke or irritating gases can all cause rhinitis in dogs.

Symptoms of sinusitis in dogs

  1. Runny nose
  2. Sneezing
  3. Difficulty in breathing
  4. Loss of appetite


  1. Put the dog in a warm and comfortable place and stop training it.
  2. Acute rhinitis with mild symptoms can be cured without medication.
  3. For severe rhinitis, the dog’s nasal cavity can be flushed with the following medications: 1% saline, 2-3% boric acid solution, 1% sodium bicarbonate solution, and 0.1% potassium permanganate solution.

Note: When rinsing the nasal cavity, the dog’s head should be lowered and anti-inflammatory drops should be put into the nostrils after rinsing.

Anxiety or excitement

Some dogs get snotty when they are anxious and nervous, such as when you take your dog for a drive. Once the dog calms down, the nose will not run.


  1. Excitement and nervousness
  2. Runny nose


Try to keep the dog in a calm state.

What to do when your dog has a runny nose?

1. Don’t give him some human medications casually, many of the ingredients of human medications can be very harmful to dogs.

2. If your dog sneezes for a long time, has a runny nose, very sticky snot, coughs, vomits or loses appetite, you should take him to the doctor in time.

3. Keep your dog’s living area hygienically clean to avoid irritating odors and larger dust affecting your dog’s health, and use a humidifier at home if necessary.

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