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Why Do Dogs Sneeze When They Play?

Why Do Dogs Sneeze When They Play?

Dogs can be a great source of joy and entertainment for their human family members. However, one thing that many dog owners may not realize is that dogs sneeze when they play.

Dogs’ nasal passage is different than humans. Their noses are shaped differently and they have a more moist and humid environment in their nasal cavities.

All of these factors can lead to sneezing when excited or when there is sudden changes in temperature or humidity in the air. 

Dogs sneeze for a variety of reasons. For example, allergies, colds, and so much more can cause a dog to sneeze.

Sneezing is common in dogs and usually harmless. However, it's important to identify the cause so you can take steps to help your dog.

While it might not be desirable to see your pup sneezing when they play with you, it is quite cute when you see them do it!

Just remember that the next time your pup starts sneezing while playing with you, this could be why.

Here are some helpful strategies for identifying the causes of your dog’s sneezing:

  • Section 1: Why do dogs sneeze when they play?
  • Section 2: What causes sneezing in dogs?
  • Section 3: Should I worry if my dog sneezes?
  • Section 4: What does it mean when dogs sneeze a lot?
  • Section 5: What causes a dog to sneeze more than once?
  • Section 6: How to stop sneezing in dogs?
  • Section 7: Conclusion

Why do dogs sneeze when they play?

Sneezing is a reflex that helps to clear the nasal passages. It’s also a way for dogs to cool themselves down. Dogs can even sneeze when they are excited! 

Some breeds of dogs are more prone to sneezing than others. For example, some small dogs like Pugs or Bulldogs are more likely to sneeze because their faces are closer to the ground.

Other breeds like Boxers and Great Danes usually won’t experience this problem because their faces are higher off the ground.

Dogs may also feel congested due to allergies, dry air, smoke, dust, or pollen in the air. This can lead them to sneeze! 

What causes sneezing in dogs?

Here are some helpful strategies for identifying the causes of sneezing in your dog:

How often does your dog sneeze when playing with you? The frequency of sneezing will often be determined by the cause of the sneezing, as well as your own tolerance level to your dog’s sniffing and nose-poking.

It’s also possible that there could be a number of different causes, and you’ll need to determine which one is the true culprit.

In addition to allergies, there are a variety of causes for sneezing in dogs. These can include:

  1. Allergies
  2. Colds
  3. Cleaning agents or air fresheners

Should I worry if my dog sneezes?

Sneezing is normal for dogs and not uncommon. In fact, more than half of the dogs in the United States are affected by at least one type of allergy.

If you notice that your dog is sneezing at night or when they are with other dogs, this may be a sign that they have an allergy.

If the reason your dog is sneezing is unknown, you can go to your veterinarian for a basic checkup.

Your veterinarian will evaluate your dog for other potential allergies to determine if an allergy can be a reason for the symptoms.

What does it mean when dogs sneeze a lot?

When a dog sneezes a lot, it can be due to a number of issues. It could be that the dog has an ear infection or an upper respiratory infection.

It could also mean that they have allergies or that they're catching something from you or another dog.

What causes a dog to sneeze more than once?

If your dog has just gotten over a cold and now they start sneezing a lot, it's likely due to an allergy or upper respiratory infection.

Their cold might have caused a lot of congestion and they're now just catching everything.

Your vet can run a simple test to determine what the cause is and it's often only a day or two to get back to your dog before you can start treating it.

How to stop sneezing in dogs?

Treat allergy symptoms. If your dog is allergic to grass, be sure to keep grass away from the house. Keep your dog from scratching and chewing at her skin.

Pet your dog’s feet and legs. Dogs tend to be allergic to a variety of things. Petting their feet and legs can help.

Keep your dog away from clean air. Dogs are more likely to sneeze in a freshly cleaned house.

If your dog is playing with you, try and keep you away from a lot of environmental changes. Make sure your dog gets lots of exercise and exercise on a daily basis.

Keep the air in the house clean. This will help keep allergens from getting into the house. Don’t store or prepare foods that could contain allergens, such as food that is baked or cooked in the oven, or cheese that has been grated or processed.


There are many reasons why dogs sneeze when they play. However, most of the time, it is a result of allergies, colds, or excessive play.

By identifying the source of the sneezing, it will be much easier to find a solution and help your dog.


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