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My Dog Has a Nasal Infection

by Germaine
(Bonita Spg Fl)

Hi,


My 12 year old Dachshund is being treated for a month now with no relief in site. She is sneezing and full of mucous in her nose. Had cat scan and x-rays and washing of the nasal cavity.

The veterinarian could not find the answer. Checked her teeth. She is on a third antibiotic. First Clavamox, then doxycycline, then azithromycin and now Zeniquin with some prednisone.

Nothing is working .

What I can do. I feel so bad for her. She is eating and doing fine otherwise.



Veterinarian Response: Dog Skin Hive Treatment



Hello Germaine,

I’m so sorry to hear of your dog’s condition. Bacterial infections of the nasal passages are usually a secondary problem in dogs, particularly if they don’t respond readily to appropriate antibiotic therapy. Fungal infections, foreign bodies lodged in the nasal cavity, and tumors are all possible underlying causes.

I am not sure what the results of all of your dog’s tests have been, so it’s hard for me to determine what conditions have been ruled out and which are still possible. If your current veterinary team is unable to get to the bottom of the situation, it is perfectly appropriate to be asked to be referred to a specialist. Make sure all of your dog’s test results are forwarded to the specialist before your appointment so he or she has a chance to review them.



Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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Oct 30, 2016
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Mine too NEW
by: Anonymous

My little Pomerania has the same symptoms of all your dogs . He also coughs a lot. Been through all the tests but now I'm thinking its fungal because I have it too and. My husband and we can't seem to shake it either regardless of what we all tried. I blame the 'weather. I'm moving on to help all of us!

May 23, 2016
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Sinus Infections in Dog's NEW
by: Donna

I know that using Colloidal Silver is great for sinus infections in humans. I was reading that it also works in dogs. Do you know if this is to be true. I have a Yorkie and she is having some issues with her breathing. She seems to lick her nose a lot, I do see it running a little, she pushes her nose into the carpet I can only imagine that her nose is bothering her and she sneezes a lot. Next week I am having her teeth to be looked at which has not been done in a while. I really don't want to put her on antibiotics if I don't have to and go the natural way. Please does anyone know of Colloidal Silver. It is suppose to kill bacteria and infection for sinus infections and how much to use per day.

Feb 09, 2016
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Chronic Sinusitis? NEW
by: Anonymous

After reading everyones comments I should not feel alone with my yorkie mix who has the same problems, but when so many people have not found a solution it makes me even more worried. My little dog,Tanner, whom I adopted 9 years ago has been treated for the same symptoms as many of you. Usually you cannot be sure about your dogs age unless you have had them since they were puppies. I was told he was 1 year old but he had the beginnings of cataracts when I got him so I'm not real sure of his age. A little over a year ago Tanner had surgery to remove two small cysts and have his teeth cleaned. They had to pull several teeth also and after the surgery I found that he had lost his hearing. I read about the loss of hearing and found that it may have had something to do with pressure in the ear during the surgery, it seems that it is a rare occurrence. Next I took my little guy to a groomer twice and after the second visit he started to have these sinus problems. We have been fighting these problems for about 8 or 9 months now. I wish someone from a good veterinary school could look into this for us all, so that our pets could feel better and have a happier life.

Feb 01, 2016
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Nasal problems NEW
by: Labluver8@aol.com

My sweet min schnauzer has had this for 3 months. He's on his 3rd round of antibiotics and no changes. He has a thick foul smelling mucus from one nostril. I've tried everything.....three days ago I laid my hands on his little head and asked God to heal him. Then I went and got a very wet,warm hand towel and wrapped it round his muzzle, I left his nostrils clear, while towel was still slightly warm I removed it. He was on my bed and as I left the room he sneezed hard, I ran back in and he had expelled a very significant amount of dark gray mucus. I have also started warming salt free chicken broth to his food and so far his nose is good. God bless all of you great pet parents. Blessings from Spike (the dog)

Nov 25, 2015
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Chronic Rhinitis, or, Foreign Matter
by: Anonymous

Just like all of you my dog has had the same symptoms now for a year. He has been to two vets. In the first six months he had four separate rounds of antibiotics, a nasal irrigation, nasal scoping, lungs are fine, teeth are fine.... My intuition is that it started with plant material, cheat grass, lodging up there and subsequently getting infected. I have found some natural remedies that are helping. Start with oregano oil capsules, given with food, one per day to start. I give him two separate doses if I see things getting worse. Also L-lysine, 500mg capsule given on his food, and probiotics. When I see he is really suffering I use a hot compress on his head, sometimes alternating hot and cold compress. It seems to help loosen and move the thick mucous. He is 65 Pounds, for dosage. Early on I had also used goldenseal which helped a little. I am having more steady improvement with oregano oil. His appetite and energy levels are generally good though. Good luck to you.

Jul 25, 2015
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Sinus infection
by: Bklyngirl

Hi All, it's been almost a year hat I wrote about my doxies nasal problem. It's as if I woke one morning with a different dog. She went from not one sniffle to a nose full of mucous. Long story short.a My baby passed away almost a year now this Oct. They say from idiopathic auto immune disease. I feel from the get go two years ago when this started they missed something. Although she had every test every X-ray, ultra sounds nasal washes and found nothing. But they did say her liver Enzimes was very high but chalked it up to all the Meds etc.. I miss her more then words can say and not sure if I can ever have another. I wish all of you luck with yours.

Jul 25, 2015
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Misery Loves Company
by: Anonymous

My dog is has been suffering with nasal congestion for the last 8 months. She's been on 3 different antibiotics. Did anything end up helping your dog?

Jul 12, 2015
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Chronic Rhinuitis
by: Anonymous

People your dogs has chronic rhinitis, it will never go away, you just do the best you can in treating the symptoms. I have been dealing with this for about 3 or 4 years with my doxie and it is hard very hard at times, you want to do something to help your baby but nothing really works!!! And believe me, I have tried everything the vet has suggested and some thoughts on my own.......all I can say is I'm sorry for all the pets and owners going through this........

Jun 17, 2015
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Same Problem
by: Anonymous

My 13-year-old chihuahua has had the same problem for over a year now. She's also had x-rays, nasal washes, etc. She has a mucoid discharge (when / if she can sneeze it out). It's usually clear but when it starts getting a yellow tinge I know it's moved on as an infection so my vet puts her on antibiotics. The antibiotics seem to help...although never clears the issue completely. She's been able to go as long as 60 days between antibiotic treatments.Then the mucoid build up begins again. I'm looking at her now because it's only been 10 days since her last round of antibiotics ended and now the nasal congestion / mucoid build up is back. I can't afford the couple of thousand dollars for CT scans and more intensive tests. We've ruled out a tumor. The vet says it might be a polyp but if it is, it would be very difficult to remove if it can be removed at all. I'm just wondering how long I can keep using antibiotics before she is immune to them all. I also worry about what the antibiotics might be doing to her immune system, in general. Anyone have any suggestions. Are there other treatments / solutions that you've found to work? I can't stand seeing her this miserable.

Mar 23, 2015
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Yorkie with same problem
by: Anonymous

I have a Yorkie with the same problem. She's had hers for over a year!!! I've taken her to several vets and no one knows what the problem is or how to fix it. VERY frustrating because the poor little thing can't breathe. I've started putting warm wrung out paper towels on her nose to loosen the congestion and then (if you can hold her head still) use Ocean Nasal Spray, Make sure you put the dogs name on it so you don't use it by mistake. That seems to help her for a while, but it hasn't totally alleviated the problem. My next course of action is a Naturapathic vet. It might even be a fungal infection. I haven't explored that possibility, but you would think all the vets might mention that and they haven't. Good luck with your Doxie.

Aug 17, 2014
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nasal problem
by: Anonymous

It's been a long while since I wrote about my doxie with the nasal problem. Long story short every test she had she is fine. Nothing in her nose or throat. Her health is good but believe it or not she is still full of mucous in her nose. It's just terrible that not one Dr out of 10 that she saw can get rid of this or even diagnose it other then chalking it up to a sinus condition. All they keep putting her on is antibiotics, nose sprays and antihistamines and nothing changes the symptoms or outcome. They are all puzzled. Can she be the only dog that wakes up one day with a head full of mucous and no one knows why?
Germaine

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