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My Dog’s Nose is Swollen. What Should I Do?

Pets can develop some odd symptoms when they are ill. Dogs sometimes have swollen noses. While this may seem more amusing than concerning, it can actually be a sign of a serious problem. You should consult your veterinarian immediately if your dog’s nose swells.

pet allergiesDogs and cats can contract a fungal infection called aspergillosis. This infection can be disseminated or nasal. The nasal version attacks the dog’s sinuses, nose and nasal passages. Your veterinarian will need to examine the dog to determine if aspergillosis is present. Dogs typically contract this infection from direct contact. Since dogs tend to sniff almost everything, it’s easy for them to contract this sort of fungus through dust, grass clippings or hay. The veterinarian may perform a variety of tests such as a nasal swab or cultures from nasal discharges.

Nasal aspergillosis is simple to treat. Your veterinarian will apply an antifungal drug to the dog’s nasal passages and nose. The dog will need to be anesthetized for this treatment and then, you will need to monitor your dog to make sure he doesn’t show signs of the problem in the future.

Allergies can cause your dog’s nose to swell. Dogs can be allergic to pesticides, foods, grass, pollen and other irritants. Usually, a swollen nose is one of the first signs of allergies. You should consult your veterinarian to make sure the allergy isn’t severe. If it is, it could affect your dog’s breathing over time.

It’s important to have regular dental treatments for your dog. If your dog’s nose swells, it may be a sign of an infected tooth or gum disease. Your veterinarian can examine the dog and determine if the animal needs special treatment. Regular cleanings will prevent dental problems in most dogs.

Dogs get in to lots of things. Active dogs run around, play, run into bushes, yards and other places. Some get into scrapes with other dogs. They can easily hurt their noses. Often, a swollen nose is caused by a bruise, cut or a bite from another animal. Usually, these injuries heal quickly. Monitor the dog carefully for infection. You can clean the wound with a disinfectant and apply antibacterial ointment to the area. If it doesn’t heal or gets worse, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Do Pets Have Allergies?

pet allergiesDoes your pet sneeze? Does your dog chew his feet? Does he rub his face or constantly lick his groin? Is your cat wheezing? These are all signs of pet allergies, which can make animals very uncomfortable. If you are concerned, you should consult with your veterinarian. Allergies are frustrating but they can be treated successfully in most cases.

Allergies can lead to serious problems for pets. Some animals begin scratching their skin so hard that they develop sores and welts which are vulnerable to infection. Dogs get recurring ear infections. Cats may have scabs on their faces. Hair loss is another symptom of chronic allergies.

Pet owners aren’t always familiar with the signs of allergies which can vary depending on the type of animal. Some cats make frequent noises that sound like they have hairballs. This can actually be wheezing that is allergy-related asthma. A veterinarian can x-ray the cat’s lungs and determine if the animal has asthma, which can be easily treated. Your cat will be much more comfortable if the asthma is addressed.

What are pets typically allergic to? Often, they are sensitive to the same things as humans. They can have reactions to foods, grass, pollen, trees and medications. Fleas often trigger allergic reactions in animals. Your veterinarian will ask you detailed questions about your pet’s behavior and the substances the animal is exposed to.

Your veterinarian will recommend a variety of treatments based on the source of the allergen. If it’s food-based, you will need to change the pet’s diet. You may need to experiment with a few foods to find one that your pet both likes and tolerates. Your veterinarian may recommend changes in flea repellents and household cleaners. The animal may additional special treatment for seasonal allergies.

If your pet has a severe allergy, your veterinarian may prescribe an epi-pen. This is a treatment that is used on humans with severe allergies. When your pet is exposed to a bug bite, chemical or other serious allergen, you will need to inject the animal with the epi-pen. This will reduce the severity of the reaction until you can reach an emergency veterinarian.