Why Does My Dog Sneeze So Much? Common Reasons and Solutions

Why Does My Dog Sneeze So Much? Common Reasons and Solutions

Your dog's sneezing may or may not be a sign of illness. In fact, it could just be a sign that your pup is allergic to something in his environment, such as pollen or something in your home. But there are some signs of an underlying health condition that should not be ignored.

There's no need to panic if your pup sneezes every now and then, but if you're noticing other symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, or excessively scratching themselves then it might be time to take them to the vet.

Here, are some ways to help you and your dog get through this temporary issue.

Section 1: What is sneezing? Section 2: Why does my dog sneeze so much? Section 3: The most common reasons for your dog to be sneezing Section 4: The most common solutions for your dog to be sneezing

What is sneezing?


"Sneezing is a natural reflex that helps your dog and us deal with everyday allergens," Christine Bronk, DVM, owner of Riverview Animal Hospital in New York City, tells SELF.


You likely know this about yourself. When you're in a new place, you might take in a big, dusty box or let a room fill with the smell of a barbecue and suddenly your body reacts with a sneeze. Sneezing itself isn't a bad thing.


A sneeze just means that there's something in your body trying to get out, Bronk explains. "It's not a medical condition in and of itself," she says. Another reason for your dog to sneeze is that her nose is simply cold and damp from allergies or whatnot. What about in people? According to the Mayo Clinic, sneezing is common in both people and pets.


Why does my dog sneeze so much?


The reason why dogs sneeze so much may be completely unrelated to their health or any kind of allergy. Your pup's sneezing is caused by various environmental factors.


First, they may be allergic to dust or pet dander, which is a combination of dead skin cells and proteins that makes them stick together and collect on surfaces. If your dog is allergic to pets, it's best to take him to the vet to have him tested for the condition.


He may even need a skin test, which involves putting a few drops of an allergy substance onto a dog's skin and seeing if it's tolerated by the dog. While these allergies don't last very long, you still need to make sure you keep the area clean.


The most common reasons for your dog to be sneezing


Allergies According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, dogs can have allergies due to a variety of things, such as grass, trees, dust, pets, certain foods, and environmental irritants.


Your dog may experience an allergic reaction if exposed to pollen, dust, or even the same food twice.


The amount and severity of the allergic reaction depend on the cause of the allergy.


If you think your dog might be suffering from allergies, you should have them tested.


The results should show that it is likely that your dog has allergies. If the cause is dust, fleas, or other environmental causes, a food intolerance or an allergic food sensitivity, your dog will have more severe symptoms. If the cause is pollen, it may simply cause sneezing.


The most common solutions for your dog to be sneezing


If you're worried about your dog's sniffles, look for some of the following symptoms. If you observe the same, talk to your veterinarian or take them to a vet to have them tested and diagnosed.


Nasal discharge: If your dog is suffering from allergies, then the best cure is to find a way to manage their symptoms. And while you don't want to give your dog something they're allergic to, you can manage the allergy by giving them antihistamines that help relieve their symptoms.


Vomiting: If your dog vomits frequently or has a history of it, then they might be suffering from gastritis. So, see a vet to get them assessed and treated.


Scratching: In some cases, a vet might prescribe a medication that can help ease some of the itch your dog is suffering from.