Dog With Chronic Sinus Inflammation
by Vickie Swiger
My Coon 6 year old dog has had nasal discharge for months. The veterinarian did a biopsy and a nasal endoscope. The outcome was chronic nasal inflammation. The veterinarian put him on 20 mg steroids. We are now trying to keep it under control.
The medications only relieves some of the symptoms. He is still miserable. He has gained 10 lb. and the only thing he wants to do is eat. I am looking for some other way to help my best friend.
Any help or suggestions would be welcome.
VickieSuggestion From Our Vet for Treating Dog Nasal Congestion
It’s hard for me to comment since I don’t have your dog’s complete history, but I can make a couple of observations based on similar cases I’ve had in the past.
Has your dog been treated for nasal mites? These little parasites can be hard to find even during a nasal scoping, so many veterinarians treat any dog they see with unexplained nasal symptoms just to be on the safe side. Nasal mites are usually treated with ivermectin, milbemycin (Interceptor), or selamectin (Revolution
) but the doses are different than what appears on the packaging.
If your biggest concerns are the side effects (e.g., ravenous appetite and weight gain) associated with systemic steroid use, you might want to ask your veterinarian if a steroid nasal spray is an option for your dog. These can be very effective, and most dogs learn to tolerate the weird sensation if they are always rewarded with a treat afterwards.
Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM