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Sneezy sniffles

Lola has been sneezing and making a sniffling sound a lot today. It's hard to describe. Its not a full-blown sneeze....sounds like a little sneeze/sniffle, like a little puff of air sound blowing out her nose. My allergies have been acting up, so thought maybe she's having allergies too. The weather in LA has started getting warmer and there's a lot blooming. She's been scratching more than usual around her chin & ears the past few weeks as well, but that doesn't concern me as much b/c I'm used to seeing her scratch.

I had my carpets cleaned today, but she was making the sound before the cleaners arrived, so don't think that's it. Plus, she hasn't even been downstairs on the carpeted areas yet.

Has anyone experienced something like this? I know dogs scratch when they have allergies, but do they sneeze/sniffle too? I feel silly taking her to the vet for a little sniffle. But guess if it gets worse or continues I should take her in.
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I'd take her in just to be on the safe side. (But I worry a lot!)

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Since you're in California, be sure to keep a check on her ears and nose for foxtails. They can get a burr or a foxtail in them and that would be bad! Hopefully it's nothing but a little allergy sniffle.
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Has anyone experienced something like this? I know dogs scratch when they have allergies, but do they sneeze/sniffle too? I feel silly taking her to the vet for a little sniffle. But guess if it gets worse or continues I should take her in.

According to Tess' allergist, dogs don't sneeze/sniffle with allergies like humans. They scratch and chew (especially their feet/legs/butt). Although that doesn't necessarily mean there isn't something in the air irritating Lola.

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Could there be something stuck in her nose? My dogs always have their noses stuck down in the pinestraw, I'm just waiting for the day something has to be pulled out.

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I don't know if you have kept up with Rosie or not; but she is now making a blowing nose sound. Nothing comes out. I think it is just her way of trying to clear the congestion; but it is different from the original cough. She supposedly has kennel cough. Something to think about.
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She sniffled on & off all day yesterday and is still doing it this morning. I'm going to try to get an appt at the vet today, just to be safe. I worry a lot too! I considered kennel cough b/c I had read the thread about Rosie, but it sounded more like a sneeze than a cough. But, what I think sounds like a doggie sneeze, could be a doggie cough. Even though she's up to date on her vaccines, she's around a lot of dogs at the park daily and recently she played with a few young puppies there. There very well could be something in her nose, she's constantly sniffing the ground and trying to eat every leaf, bug, crumb, etc. she sees. I'll keep you posted on what the vet says!
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Of course, Lola didn't make the sniffle noise at the vet b/c she was so scared and panting/shaking. The vet said the most common things it could be were allergies/nasal irritation or a foreign object in her nose. She didn't have a fever or any discharge, so he didn't think it was an infection or kennel cough. He sprayed some saline up her nose and she didn't really sneeze much which makes him think its not a large foreign body, but still could be something small. He said I could either do nothing and see if it goes away or give her some benadryl. I was nervous about the benadryl b/c Lola had a reaction to a bee sting a few months ago and I'm not sure if was from the sting or the benadryl shot [long story]. So he gave me another anti-hystimine [sp?] called hydroxyzine/atarax. If it doesn't get better, he said we might consider sedating her so he could look up her nose. B/C she was so nervous, he didn't think he'd be able to really look up her nose without sedating her. So hopefully, its just allergies or an irritated nasal passage and will go away. Right now she's resting on her favorite chair, but wakes up every so often to sniffle.

He also looked in her ears and swabbed them, said she seemed a little sensitive there, but not too bad. Said there could be hair in there or a little irritation, but not a bad ear infection or anything to worry about.
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Aw, poor Lola! I hope it just goes away by itself and soon! How is she doing today?

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Tess is on Atarax for her allergies (in addition to her steroid, shots & omega-3). She's not had any reaction to it. It's also used to calm dogs. If Lola has to be on it long term you might want to check at your pharmacy to see if it's cheaper than buying at the vets. Good luck. I hope with works for her.

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