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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.