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Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact an emergency hospital ASAP and take a video of the sneezing

  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. During your call, be sure to tell them what else is going on in addition to the sneezing.
  • In this case, it is the other symptoms you’ve selected in combination that makes this an emergency. Some regular hospitals may be able to treat your pet.
  • Do not feed your dog unless the vet advises otherwise. Depending on the diagnostics the vet wants to run, it will be more useful if your dog has an empty stomach.
  • Take a video of your dog’s sneezing episode, and note anything that you think may have possibly triggered it.


Why it’s an emergency

Your dog’s symptoms indicate a potential obstruction or foreign body in their nasal passage

  • While sneezing on its own is unlikely an emergency, based on the other signs you’ve selected, your dog could have a life-threatening condition and requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • If your dog is pawing at their nose a lot in addition to sneezing, it’s a sign of irritants in their nasal passage.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include foreign body and tumor. These situations are time sensitive and require specialized equipment.


First aid tips

Restrict activity and prevent them from pawing at their face

  • Keep your dog calm and quiet, and restrict exercise to short bathroom breaks.
  • You can gently massage your dog’s throat to help them clear the irritation, but any other at-home remedy should be checked with your veterinarian as it may further stress your dog.
  • If your dog is pawing at their face a lot, put a cone/socks on them to prevent them from traumatizing their skin.
  • Learn more about sneezing (and reverse sneezing) in dogs


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Please note that our Symptoms Assessments and Results are intended for informational purposes only, and not a medical diagnosis. Our goal is to help pet owners make an informed decision about if, when and how urgently they need to seek veterinary care. Using our site should not and does not replace a consultation with a veterinarian.