Why Is My Dogs Nose Running?

A runny nose can be a big deal for a dog, who has 220 million smell receptors compared to your 5 million. And while nose discharge can be a sign of something as simple as your dog’s excitement that you’re home, it can also be a symptom of a problem as serious as cancer.

Just like people, dogs can be allergic to pollens, foods, drugs, mites, spores, and chemicals. A dog’s allergy symptoms don’t stop at a runny nose; they can also include sneezing , coughing , itchiness, nosebleeds , eye discharge, and breathing problems .

Talk to your vet, who may suggest an allergy test and/or treatment with drugs that include antihistamines, immunosuppressants, steroids, and biologicals. If you can’t or don’t feel comfortable — the nose can bleed a lot with minor trauma — call your vet, who may need to sedate your pet to dislodge the blockage, and then prescribe antibiotics to avoid infection. A nose discharge of mucus or pus could indicate your dog has a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection.

Additional signs of an infection might include a bad odor, a nosebleed, and coughing or choking resulting from post-nasal drip. Other signs include high fever , lethargy, coughing , inflammation of the eyes , and pain. Continued Sneezing from allergies, an infection, a foreign object, polyps, bleeding disorders — lots of things can cause nosebleeds in dogs.

Why is my dog's nose dripping?

If there’s a clear nasal discharge from your dog’s nose, chances are good it’s caused by allergies, by far the most common reason for abnormal nasal secretions in dogs. Just like people, dogs can be allergic to pollens, foods, drugs, mites, spores, and chemicals.

Is it normal for a dog's nose to run?

The good news is that it’s entirely possible for a healthy dog to suffer from a runny nose from time to time and there is no cause for alarm for this. However, nasal discharge could also indicate a wide range of serious health problems, so it’s important to know when you should seek veterinary attention.

What can I give my dog for a runny nose?

Use a humidifier. Just like humans, warm, steamy air can help loosen up a stuffy nose. ….Clean your dog’s environment. ….Make sure he get lots of rest. ….Keep away from other dogs. ….Give him plenty of fluids. ….Keep your pup well fed.

How long should a dog have a runny nose?

Dogs and cats do catch colds, and their symptoms are just like humans. Both may have discharge from their noses, “wet” or labored breathing from congestion, sneezing (especially wet sneezes), watery eyes and lethargy (napping more, showing low energy). The cold symptoms will likely last 5-10 days.

Its that time of year again. Runny noses and sneezes abound for us humans, as new plants bloom in the fall. But did you know that your dog can have a runny nose too? Dog runny noses are more correctly called nasal discharge. It can run the gamut from clear and watery to thick and purulent. The appearance and frequency of nasal discharge in dogs can tell you much about the underlying cause.

In this case, concurrent with the runny nose would be a fever, sneezing and coughing, lethargy, and often lack of appetite.

If your dog has a runny nose, it may be nothing to worry about. The most common cause of a clear nasal discharge is not allergies, it is just nervousness. Allergies can also be the cause of some runny noses. Neither of these problems will require a trip to your vet’s office. So, what are some of the other causes you need to be concerned about?

When the runny nose goes on for several hours, however, even if it is clear, you should be concerned since it may be from a viral infection (like canine distemper or parainfluenza). Most dogs with allergies will develop skin problems, unlike people who have symptoms like a runny nose and watery eyes.

If you are interested in taking care of this yourself and are willing to spend the time, there are some alternative, natural remedies for allergies available. You can take a warm cloth to remove the discharge from your dog’s nostrils and make him more comfortable, but he is only going to be okay when you find out what is wrong and he is treated. Some dogs with a yellowish discharge from their runny nose will also start coughing, have problems breathing, and even be reluctant to move around.

If there is food, water, or discharge coming out of only one nostril, open your dogs mouth and take a look. If your dog is lethargic, panting excessively, or coughing or having any trouble breathing that indicates the problem has already become systemic. Brachycephalic breeds (flat-nosed dogs like English bulldogs, Frenchies, boxers, pugs, and others) are more likely to develop infections and have a thick nasal discharge.

Hunting dogs may also suffer from trauma and end up with a fistula (a hole) between the mouth and the nose. Your vet will first do a good physical exam to look for any lumps or dental problems, but will then want to do a blood test (CBC) and find out if your dog has an infection. Apple cider vinegar is an alternative treatment that is helpful in many cases of runny nose.

It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Question: My dog is one-years-old and has been having a runny nose, sneezing fits and acting overly attached for the past few days. The best thing you can do for her is take her for an exam so that your regular vet can check her temperature and listen to her lungs and monitor for any problems.

If your dog is showing any respiratory symptoms (nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, snoring more than normal, etc. Question: My twelve-year-old Cavalier started coughing and has a cloudy white to yellow nasal discharge for nine months now. Answer: If your local vet has not been able to diagnose your Cavs condition after exams, then I recommend you take him to the veterinary teaching college in your state.

Your vet can give you a referral, or if this is not possible, he can refer you to an internal medicine specialist in the closest city. Question: My 9-year-old Bulldog has lost weight, and her back gums are growing over her teeth. Question: My 7 year old rescue Borzoi, which Ive had for a month has a continual runny (clear) nose and sometimes eyes, but he is not itchy.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 05, 2020: She probably has interal parasites (worms) so you definitely need to take a fecal sample to your local vet to find out what is wrong. Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 15, 2020:

My dog was sniffing around then suddenly he’s been trying to sneeze but its not coming out, after a few hours he started to have a discharge from his nose. Shaylann, nothing suggests your dog has a food allergy, but if you do want to try him on a new diet with a novel protein source you should expect at least 4-8 weeks for clinical signs to resolve. If it is a “homemade” product mixed up by the vet, call and ask about any allergic responses he has seen in the past.

5month old puppy has clear nasel discharge, seems more like blowing his nose to clear it, when he wakes up from nap or after long time siting , possible allergie to food we have taken him off of it two days ago if it is an allergie how long untill possible improvement She needs to have her mouth examined by her regular vet and probably put on antibiotics and have her teeth cleaned. Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 30, 2018:

The one thing I can suggest, depending on where you are, is taking your older dog with chronic problems to your state veterinary college. Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 07, 2018: After you stop the bleeding, you need to make an appointment with your regular vet and have her seen as soon as possible to figure out what caused it.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 12, 2018: Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 12, 2018: We just came back from Hiking , My companion has had all the immunizations but now he has been tired like us and has a runny nose thoughts on benadryl?

It has only been about 4 days since I first noticed the cough and it has decreased but the nose running and reverse sneezing continue. Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 08, 2017: I hate to disagree with your regular vet, since he has seen Charter and is familiar with his case, but I do not think the $1000 is really going to help.

Also, my vet does not have a scope so if they visualization to locate a foxtail, that would need to be done elsewhere, which would end up costing me double. My pup is suffering from cold n fever…vet gave him antibiotics (inimox inj) but now there is blood in his mucus coming from nose.. what should i do? Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 27, 2016:

If you want to try the organic apple cider vinegar, add a small teaspoonful to each bowl of water. Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 14, 2014: I am usually able to teach this to puppies, but your story of training “leave it” to an older, rescue dog was very interesting.

Very informative hub and great for anyone to refer to should their dog show signs of sickness or a runny nose! Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 13, 2014: A dog with a cocaine habit might have a runny nose, too 🙂 I never heard the term awn…had to Google it.

While runny noses for humans are usually nothing more than a mild discomfort, a dog runny nose can signal more serious problems. Sometimes, a runny nose is a symptom of an easy to treat issue such as seasonal allergies. Other times, its a sign of a condition that needs to be addressed immediately by a qualified veterinarian (DVM).

Dogs like boxers and pugs may suffer from a runny nose when the cartilage in their nasal passage becomes weak. In general, if your dog has a mild runny nose with clear nasal discharge, you can treat symptoms at home.

If your pups runny nose is caused by seasonal allergies, try making a few lifestyle changes to reduce exposure to allergens. If your dog is allergic to dust or grass, you can also opt to run and play on artificial turf fields.

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Generally, you don’t have to worry about clear nose discharge in dogs unless it lingers or there are other symptoms. However, discharge that’s cloudy, yellow, green, or smelly is always cause for concern. When in doubt, talk to your vet.Here are some common causes of nose discharge in dogs:Just like people, dogs can be allergic to pollens, foods, drugs, mites, spores, and chemicals. They can even be allergic to human dander (our shed skin). A dog’s allergy symptoms don’t stop at a runny nose; they can also include sneezing, coughing, itchiness, nosebleeds, eye discharge, and breathing problems.Avoiding the allergy trigger is the best way to treat allergies, but that can be hard to do, especially if you don’t know what’s behind your dog’s symptoms. Talk to your vet, who may suggest an allergy test and/or treatment with drugs that include antihistamines, immunosuppressants, steroids, and biologicals.If you can easily see what’s in your dog’s nose, carefully remove it with tweezers. If you can’t or don’t feel comfortable — the nose can bleed a lot with minor trauma — call your vet, who may need to sedate your pet to dislodge the blockage, and then prescribe antibiotics to avoid infection.

More Serious Causes of Dog Runny Noses

In cases where the discharge is thick, has odor, or discoloration with blood or pus, more serious causes are suspected. If this is the case, your veterinarian will do a thorough investigation of your dog’s recent history (any history of kennel boarding, grooming, dog park visits, or doggy daycare? Any exposure to dogs otherwise?) and a physical exam. They will also review your dog’s vaccination status to make sure that they are current.Once the initial history and exam are finished, your veterinarian will discuss possible causes of your dog’s runny nose. If both nostrils are involved, the causes are frequently different than if only one nostril. Both nostrils points to a more generalized cause while one nostril points to a localized source. If the discharge is clear, thin, and watery, your veterinarian may try antihistamines and monitoring at home for any other signs. If none develop, and your dog seems otherwise healthy, it may be normal for a small amount of discharge to occur. No further treatment may be needed.If the discharge continues or worsens, then more diagnostics are needed. In the case of unilateral discharge (one nostril involved), the causes could include an inhaled foreign body such as grass or grass awns leading to rhinitis, a fungal infection, or a nasal tumor. Your veterinarian will likely try a course of antibiotics. If no response occurs, then the next step is generally a rhinoscopy. In this procedure, your dog will be anesthetized, a camera will be inserted into the nostril to look at the area, and samples will be taken for culture and biopsy. In some cases, a CT scan of the head is needed to make a definitive diagnosis.If both nostrils are involved, this points to a more generalized problem such as a viral or bacterial infection. Dogs are prone to both especially if they board at a kennel, visit the dog park, or go to grooming facilities.Canine influenza is becoming more common in the dog population. In this case, concurrent with the runny nose would be a fever, sneezing and coughing, lethargy, and often lack of appetite. Pneumonia is a possible side effect. Canine kennel cough, a common bacterial complex, can also cause a nasal discharge. This generally occurs when the disease progresses to pneumonia.

Questions & Answers

The best thing you can do for her is take her for an exam so that your regular vet can check her temperature and listen to her lungs and monitor for any problems.With such a small puppy it is imperative that you have him checked by your vet as soon as possible.If your dog is showing any respiratory symptoms (nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, snoring more than normal, etc.), then you should have her seen by your regular vet.If your dog is not having any other problems, and is not itching excessively, I would not recommend putting him on allergy medications.If the dog is not a candidate for surgery, or you cannot afford it, the only thing to do is clean the fistula after each meal. There will probably still be problems.