But Doc, my dog is sneezing and gagging all the time!
What is wrong? What can I do?
Sneezing is a normal dog behavior.
Dogs expel air to remove irritants and debris from their nasal cavity.
Some dogs even experience reverse sneezing which may sound like wheezing.
Reverse sneezing occurs when air is brought into the nose removing irritants from the area up behind the nose near the roof of the dog’s mouth.
Gagging often occurs, causing the dog to swallow and eliminate the irritant.
The main causes of sneezing and runny nose in dogs are:
- Tumors, polyps, or cancer
- Nostril genetic form or deformities
- Diseases like Distemper or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Cleft Palate or Fistula
If your dog experiences chronic coughing, sneezing, gagging, and runny nose, you should have him checked by a veterinarian to rule out diseases, tumors, polyps, or cancer.
In our hospital, the most common cause of dog sneezing and runny nose is dog allergies.
Dogs Experience Our Symptoms
Here is an interesting thought:
A dog with allergies has the exact same symptoms as a person who is allergic to dogs!
Common symptoms of dog allergies are:
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Chronic ear infections
So what can you do?
Your ultimate goal is to alleviate the symptoms of dog allergies while at the same time addressing the cause of the allergies.
Alleviate Symptoms With Pharmaceuticals or Herbs
Alleviating the symptoms of an allergy is usually done with pharmaceuticals or herbs and will make your dog feel better right away by controlling the coughing, constant sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes, runny nose, and gagging.
The medication may even totally stop these symptoms.
But for the best treatment, don’t stop here!
You also need to identify what allergens are causing the reaction in your dog so you can do your best to eliminate these allergens from your dog’s environment.
This can be a daunting task!
But, just do your best!
Let us know what you’re going through in the comment section below.
We’re here for you.