Your dog’s nose says many things about their health. A healthy dog may have a slight runny nose; this is normal. A dog that suffers from a severe runny nose can indicate a serious health problem.
If you have ever suffered from a runny nose, you may know about torture. For dogs, a runny nose is a much bigger problem than for humans because they can’t even blow their noses or wipe it. So how will you deal with this problem?
Here we will discuss what the causes behind this runny nose are and how you can treat your dog to get rid of this problem.
Why is my Dog’s Nose Running?
For some dogs, a runny nose is a common problem that they suffer from time to time, and it will pass. But if your dog’s runny nose is not clear or colored or if there are other symptoms along with a runny nose, it is a cause for serious concern, and you should contact your veterinarian.
A runny nose in dogs can occur when the mucous membrane of the dog’s nose begins to produce mucous and other things to remove any allergens or contaminants. That could be any pollen, germ, or any parasites or anything your dog can snort while roaming the garden. Sometimes a tumor can be the cause of a runny nose.
Dogs can suffer from a runny nose many times a year. If your dog is suffering from the flu and when the dog sneezes, puss comes with it, and his eyes are watery at the same time, your dog may be suffering from a cough. The signs are similar to those of kennel cough. So it is better to consult your vet.
A dog with a runny nose and lethargy can also indicate that he is suffering from a respiratory problem, the common cold, or even canine distemper. It is difficult to diagnose a runny nose if it is combined with other signs and symptoms.
1. Flu can a runny nose
Canine flu is a common illness that can spread through the air when an infected dog coughs, barks, or sneezes, just like the human flu. The flu virus can also be spread through feeders, drinkers, or humans who come into contact with infected dogs.
The flu virus will take three to four days to complete its cycle. Most infected dogs will not show any symptoms. But severely affected dogs may show signs of sneezing, runny nose, cough, pus from the nose, and difficulty breathing.
Basically, the flu is not a serious illness, but its symptoms, if accompanied by other illnesses, can become very serious. It is also very important to keep your dog away from any other infected dogs in the area.
In severe conditions, take your dog to the vet, you will not be able to cure the disease, but you can make his life more comfortable by minimizing the symptom of a runny nose.
Dogs can also suffer from pollen and dust allergies, just like humans. They are also susceptible to food allergies and allergies to mites. They may suffer from a runny nose and an upset stomach from allergies. If you somehow reduce your dog’s allergy, it will help improve his quality of life. (Allergies can also lead to your dog’s nose cracking.)
Types of runny nose
- Mild runny nose, not of serious concern.
- Chronic or severe runny nose
Symptoms of Runny Nose
- Swollen or puffy eyes
- Nasal discharge
- Trouble breathing
- Reduction in nasal respiration
- Nasal secretions on dogs face fur and arms
- Bad breath
- Deterioration in dental health
What to do if your Dog has Running Nose
A proper diagnosis of a runny nose can only be possible if the symptoms are reported to your veterinarian immediately. If possible, take your furry companion to the vet within 24 hours of initial symptoms. The full diagnosis of your dog’s runny nose can be made by rhinoscopy.
It is done by putting your dog under general anesthesia, and his nasal passages are fully examined by inserting a tube called an endoscope. This is the proper and safe way to examine your dog’s nose, and anesthesia is used to prevent your dog from sneezing out the tube.
There is a small camera at the end of the tube that will help the vet see inside the nasal passage and detect abnormalities. The endoscope tube also has some surgical tools that can help in the removal of any foreign body present in the nasal passage, or it can also help to take a sample of any suspicious growth.
The nasal discharge that is taken from the nasal passage as a sample is examined for bacterial and fungal components. Additionally, your dog’s blood pressure is recorded from time to time, and a test is performed to determine the clotting profile of your dog’s blood.
Treatment for a Runny Dog Nose
Basically, the treatment of the runny nose depends on the cause and diagnosis.
- If the runny nose is due to an allergic reaction that can be seasonal or anything in your house or in the park. Treatment of such an allergic reaction may be the removal of the irritant from corticosteroids to antihistamines.
- If there are any foreign objects in the nasal passage, your vet will eliminate the cause, and anti-inflammatory medications will be administered.
- If the runny nose is due to a bacterial infection, your vet will recommend some antibiotics. In the event of a yeast infection, your vet will either let it clear up on its own or, at some point, antifungals will be prescribed based on severity.
- If nasal mites are present, they can be treated with an oral dose of ivermectin.
- If there are dental diseases, they can be treated by cleaning and extracting teeth.
- The most important and serious cause of a runny nose in dogs is nasal cancer. This type of cancer is slow-growing and invasive. This cancer does not respond well to chemotherapy. Nasal cancer treatment involves the removal of the cancerous tumor, but this surgery can be very complicated due to the sensitivity of the nasal structure. Nasal cancer can be treated with radiation therapy if it is diagnosed in the early stages.
Clear nasal discharge is not usually a cause for serious concern, it may get better on its own, but in severe cases, proper diagnosis and treatment is necessary.