A dog sinus infection is like a sinus infection in humans with similar symptoms such as runny nose, nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing and gagging. When the dog's sinus lining is damaged by a foreign object such as a blade of grass that gets caught in the nose, the result is an injury that can trigger a sinus condition such as sinusitis or bacterial rhinitis
Signs of Sinus Infection in Dogs
1. Nose Discharge, Sneezing, Coughing
Dog sinus infection symptoms include discharge from nose and eyes, sneezing, and coughing or gagging. On rare occasions, your dog may have nosebleeds. Some dogs may develop a fever.
2. Loss of Appetite
Other symptoms may include loss of energy and appetite. And just like in humans, sinus infections can cause headaches and sore throats for dogs.
3. Other Symptoms
Dribbling urine; Crying out while urinating; Frequently or obsessively licking the genital area.
Diagnosing the Sinus Infection in Dogs
If your dog is showing simple cold symptoms, you might want to wait a day or two to see if they clear up on their own before seeing your vet. If the symptoms persist, however, you will need to take your dog to the doctor. If your dog has a nosebleed, take him to the vet right away, as this can be a sign of a serious problem.
During the exam, your vet will pay careful attention to your dog's nose and eyes and to his breathing. Your vet may do x-rays to look at your dog's sinus cavities or take a culture of the discharge.
How to Treat Sinus Infection in Dogs
Your vet will probably prescribe antibiotics as the treatment for your dog's sinus infection. If the vet suspects that the infection is caused by a fungus rather than bacteria, he or she will prescribe an anti-fungal medication instead. If the infection is caused by a virus, antibiotics will not help, but the infection will probably clear up on its own in a few days. Try to keep your dog warm and dry. If it's cold out, limit outdoor time. Try a vaporizer near his bed, to help him breathe easier. Drinking plenty of water can help, or as a special treat consider serving warm chicken broth. PranaPets.com's homeopathic formula Sinu-Help helps to relieve symptoms of nasal and sinus congestion in pets.
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