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When should I seek veterinary attention for my dog’s nasal discharge?

Nasal discharge on its own is typically not an emergency; however, there are signs to look out for to note when you should seek veterinary attention.

If your dog has thick, mucoid, green, yellow, or bloody nasal discharge, you should always seek prompt veterinary attention. Consider contacting your veterinary hospital if your dog displays the following:

  • Runny nose for longer than 24 hours
  • Bad breath
  • Loud/noisy breathing or panting
  • Rubbing or pawing at nose/face
  • Lethargy or inappetence (not eating)
  • Red or swollen eyes


If your dog’s nose is bleeding and it cannot be stopped (by gentle pressure on the bridge of their nose and tilting their head forward), you should seek veterinary attention right away.

Snotty or colored nasal discharge are signs of a more serious underlying issue.