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Why is My Dog Sneezing?

A couple of days ago I noticed that my dog sneezed a couple of times. He had never done this before. Now it seems like it is increasing in frequency. He doesn't seem particularly distressed by it, other than maybe a little confused about what is happening. I am wondering if he could be allergic to tree pollen or some other springtime blooming plant. Since I brought him home last year in late June, we have not been through this time of year together. I'd rather avoid a vet visit, though maybe they'd be willing to tell me something over the phone. More than likely they'd say "it could be a lot of things, you'll have to bring him in". I'm sure it could be a lot of things, but I'm wondering if you guys have any ideas. At least you won't charge me a consult fee, right? Seriously -- I guess I'm still trying to find the balance between being a responsible dog person vs. overreacting.


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Eileen, keep a log of when where etc this happens.. and see if it reveals anything. If it keeps up you might want to make a vet visit.

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Thanks, Dave. I've been paying better attention, and it seems like he sneezes more when he is in fresh mown grass. He does sometimes sneeze indoors, too, though. I was looking it up online, and one website said something to the effect that if you don't do anything the sneezing will last about 2 weeks, and if the vet treats it it will take about 14 days. Well, I will call his vet tomorrow and see what they say, just to be safe. My baby's worth it.


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Just be careful with the vet. There are times when you need treatments for dogs and times when they will medicate too much and it starts a cycle of problems. It's hard with dogs because you feel responsible for them and may react differently than you would if you had the same symptoms yourself! It's a delicate balance. Something else to think about is to perhaps wipe off his feet after being outside?

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Sammi did this and I took her in. My vet said it was kennel cough but very early (no coughing). She never misses her vaccine but he told me there were several strains and the vaccine is not 100% on all of them. She was better in a week with antibiotics.


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Sammi did this and I took her in. My vet said it was kennel cough but very early (no coughing). She never misses her vaccine but he told me there were several strains and the vaccine is not 100% on all of them. She was better in a week with antibiotics.


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Kennel Cough is not even CLOSE to 100% effective. It only protects against a few of the MANY strains, and only for a few months. Kennel Cough is usually a virus, so antibiotics actually do no good, other than lining the vet's pocket and making the owner feel like they are "doing something". The only reason to use antibiotics would be foe a secondary infection. (for instance, when people get bronchitis or a sinus infection after first having a cold)

Kennel Cough in healthy animals is self-limiting, and not very serious. The vast majority of dogs recover from it with no more ill effects than we have after having a cold.

IMO, the best reason for insisting on Kennel Cough vaccine is so that boarding facilities can say, "Well, your dog didn't get it HERE! All our dogs have had KC vaccine!" Your dog CAN pick up Kennel Cough any time s/he is exposed to other dogs, because it is passed exactly the same way a cold is. Unless you keep a completely isolated population, the possibility is there.

That said, the risk of the vaccine, IMO, is higher than the risk of the disease. (though, in fairness, it's one of the vaccines with lower side effects, too) But the fact of the matter is that if you REALLY want it for protective value, rather than because your boarding/day care/grooming facility requires it, (and that could be, if you have a dog who has other, underlying, health issues which could make any respiratory illness dangerous) you need to give it a minimum of twice a year, and some sources say every 3-4 months for real protection... because that's as long as it lasts.


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Thanks, Karen. So if it is kennel cough, I suppose I should not be exposing him to other dogs. That would be hard. Benjamin is the most sociable dog I could imagine, and he does play with other dogs, a lot. Keeping him isolated would be cruel and unsual punishment! I am going to phone the vet right now, but wanted to check in here first. I do tend to think along the lines that if it is a relatively minor thing, akin to a cold, I'd prefer to just let it run it's course and continue on with life as usual. The only thing I really worry about is lepto and giardia so I'm careful about his drinking water, but other than that, I think he should just build up immunity. I'll see what the vet says.


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Sammi was starting training and the vaccine is required for classes. We actually had to miss the first class due to her being sick. I had to treat her in order to clear her for the next class. I know antibiotics do not work on viruses but whatever she had it cut the recovery time in half.


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Oh well, I just made an appointment for him to see the vet tomorrow. He doesn't seem all that sick, but if he has something contagious I should know, so he doesn't make other dogs sick. I guess that means I should cancel his play date tonight. Shoot.


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