Yes, in certain times such as rainy or winter times, it is imperative that you keep your dog as warm as possible. Outdoor dogs naturally will have to spend less time outdoors and should not be allowed to run exploit play with owner in the rain. Your dog can catch a cold which may lead to light runny nose and sometimes dog sneezing.
2, Dog has Food Allergies
Contrary to popular belief, some canines can’t eat everything even though they will try to. There are some dogs which have allergies to various kinds of foods such as the most common allergens are beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish. Yes, all the juicy meats your dog dreams about daily. But the thing is that they may not be allergic all these meats at the same time.
The possibility is that they may be just allergic to one or two meat type, or allergic to one or two vegetable time. Some common signs of food allergy in dogs are: Excessive itching, vomiting, Sneezing, Swelling of the face, ears, lips, eyelids, or ear-flaps, diarrhea, hives, swelling of face, including eyes, ears, etc. Red inflamed skin and itchy ears. Allergies in dog is most likely a genetic thing. You simply can’t determine of a particular breed will have food allergies unless the dogs parents or probably grandparents also had the allergies. Or if the medical record shows this type of condition in the dog.
If you suspect food allergy, trace back to what’s new you have introduced into the dog’s diet and cut that out and observe the animal. You may also have to do an overall assessment of the dogs diet which will include changing meats and doing away with soy and wheat.
3. Smelled Something Too Strong For Nose
Dog’s noses are very sensitive organs and their sense of smell is off the chart. One thing one should not do is to spray anything strong around your dog. This can be perfumes or insecticides. Strong perfumes can trigger sneezing in your dog. Insecticide can trigger sneezing and a whole bag of bad ailments which no real dog owner wants for their dog. Your dog may have also sniffed a strong smelling plant or has gotten pollen up in his nose.
4. Some Insect Crawled In Your Dogs Nose.
An ant or bug may have just either lost its way or crashed in your dog’s wet smelling organ. This can trigger the dog’s natural defense which is sneezing to flush out the nose crasher. You dog will pop a few sneezes out to get rid of the unwelcome visitor.
5. Sniffed Up Some Dirt, Dust or Debris
It is no secret that dogs use their nose a lot when it comes to sniffing. They will sniff just about any and everything to try and ascertain what is going on. Dogs sniff to determine if something is alive or dead, they sniff to determine if something is food, they sniff to ascertain the scent of people and objects which they lock on to for life. Dogs will dig dirt and many dogs use their noses to shove dirt inside holes they dug to bury bones and their owners new slippers. Sometimes dust and dirt will get in those sensitive nose triggering a bit of sneezing.
When Should You Be Concerned About Your Dogs Sneezing?
You have to play the watching game a little. Normally if the sneezing goes away in a few minutes or so your dog is fine. It’s the dog’s natural immune system working. But if the sneezing is caused by food allergies which brings other severe symptoms as mentioned above. It is a good idea to take your dog to the vet as food allergies can be dangerous and life threatening. If you realize that it is just caused from a common cold such as dog playing in the rain for too long, simply get the dry, nice and warm and make him some soup. Sniffing perfumes and flowers that trigger sneezing is a one off thing and your pet should be OK after a few sneezes. If you have low riding plants that your dog continues to smell triggering sneezing, try blocking off those plants or move them to higher ground. Also do not spray perfumes near your dog or any other air born chemicals such as air fresheners or insecticides.
Home Remedies for Allergies?
Treating your dog for sneezing and other symptoms of food allergies at home is not difficult. But you must maintain care and proper procedures as to any over the counter medication you have purchased for your dog.
Benadryl, Claritin and Zyrtec are commonly used antihistamines that relieve allergy symptoms or counteract allergic reactions. Antihistamines are usually safe but will make some dogs drowsy and others hyperactive. The most commonly used is Benadryl.
The standard dosage for oral Benadryl is 1 mg per pound of body weight, given 2-3 times a day. Most drug store diphenhydramine tablets are 25 mg, which is the size used for a 25 pound dog. Remember to Always double check the dosage before giving an over the counter medication. In addition, many formulations are combined with other medications such as Tylenol so make sure Benadryl tablets contain only diphenhydramine.
Relieving Some Allergy Symptoms
- Give The dog an oath bath if the dog is itching. Simply boil the oath straws and add it to your dog bath to reduce itching.
- Use apple Cider vinegar as a s diluted spray to get rid of trapped pollen which contribute to your dog sneezing. Pollen can be caught in your dogs fur or paws, then the dogs use these pollen riddled nose on its face triggering a sneezing reaction.
SEE A VETERINARIAN IF HAVING ACUTE ALLERGIC REACTION.
Oral Benadryl is considered a mild to moderately effective antihistamine, but If your pet is having an acute allergic reaction with facial swelling or difficulty breathing, skip the oral medications and go straight to the vet. Many allergic diseases require a combination of allergy medicine for dogs and treatment of underlying infections; if your pet is not responding to their prescription pet medication, talk to your vet for other options.