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What are Rhinitis and Sinusitis?

Dogs with long noses and skulls are most commonly affected such as the Collie, Border Collie, Australian Shepherd, Shetland Sheepdog and Greyhound. Conversely, brachycephalic breeds (such as the French Bulldog, English Bulldog, Pug and Boxer) are prone to pollution-induced tumors that can cause rhinitis.

Rhinitis and sinusitis are closely related afflictions. Both refer to swelling; sinusitis refers specifically to the swelling of nasal passages while rhinitis refers to swelling of the nose. 

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Symptoms of Rhinitis and Sinusitis in Dogs

  • Excessive sneezing
  • Bad breath
  • Rubbing or pawing at the face
  • Facial pain or swelling
  • Lack of scent ability
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Restlessness
  • Bilateral nasal discharge
  • Unilateral nasal discharge
  • Open mouth breathing
  • Labored breathing
  • Reverse sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Gagging
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nose bleed



This is generally caused by a foreign body lodged in the dog’s nasal cavity. In this case, sudden and violent sneezing will likely be the first apparent symptom.


This occurs when the cause of rhinitis cannot be definitely diagnosed. Most often it is seen with allergies that can not be eradicated from the dog’s living space (such as grass). Chronic rhinitis also happens when the dog suffers from acute viral infections or when a bad tooth is exacerbating the problem.

Causes of Rhinitis and Sinusitis in Dogs

Rhinitis can occur for many reasons. The most prevalent cause is a viral infection. Parainfluenza virus, herpesvirus, and adenovirus are the most widespread.  Although bacterial infections are often a factor, a bacterial infection alone does not usually cause rhinitis. Canine distemper is a somewhat common cause. Bordetella is a less common cause. If your dog goes to daycare, even if he has been vaccinated for bordetella as most kennels require, this could still be a cause. The bordetella vaccine is not 100% effective. In general, dogs who are vaccinated against bordetella have less severe symptoms and a shorter recovery time. Other causes include:

  • Foreign body in nose
  • Tumor in nose
  • Traumatic injury
  • Virus
  • Fungal infection
  • Parasites
  • Allergies
  • Dental complications
  • Bacterial infection
  • Change of pigmentation around the nose

Diagnosis of Rhinitis and Sinusitis in Dogs

If clinical signs are present, your dog should be considered as having rhinitis and sinusitis. Nasal discharge, facial pain, and eye redness may indicate the condition. Because rhinitis can be caused by a variety of reasons it can prove difficult to effectively diagnose and treat. Your veterinarian will need to take blood samples and do laboratory tests such as a nasal culture or tissue biopsy. Your veterinarian will want to rule out underlying possible causes like neoplasia, or effectively treat infections causing the rhinitis or sinusitis, such as fungal invasion. In the event of a foreign body or tumor causing rhinitis, an x-ray will be needed to diagnose. CT scans may provide additional views; in the case of parasites, sometimes a nasal flush is used.

Treatment of Rhinitis and Sinusitis in Dogs

Treatment of rhinitis and sinusitis varies widely depending on the cause. Surgery may be needed in the case of a foreign body lodged in the nose or for removal of a tumor or in the case of trauma. Dental complications may require the removal of the guilty tooth. Antibiotics are widely used in the case of bacterial infections. Fungicides may also be used. Many dogs will require IV fluids if the infection is severe and a high fever is present. 

In mild or acute cases, supportive care may be enough treatment. In the case of viral infections, a secondary bacterial infection can develop. In this case, the viral infection is typically treated with supportive care and antibiotics are used to treat the secondary infection. 

Lysine is an essential amino acid that helps your dog’s body produce antibodies, hormones, and enzymes that boost the immune system. In the case of a chronic viral infection, lysine can be an effective addition to supportive care. Functional treats are available with lysine.

Recovery of Rhinitis and Sinusitis in Dogs

Your pet may need a medication protocol during his recovery. Anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and additional amino acids may be necessary as prescribed by the veterinarian.

Prognosis varies depending on the age of the dog, cause, and severity of the case. Many cases respond well to treatment. Some become chronic. Generally speaking, the sooner diagnosis can be made, the better the dog responds to treatment. In cases of chronic rhinitis, pet parent and veterinarians will need to work together to maintain effective treatment.

Rhinitis and Sinusitis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Miniature Schnauzer
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog recently had a nasogastric tube, now removed. But he is left with a wet snore when he inhales and exhales through his nose. He often sneezes hard like trying to get something out. He is already on prednisone & antibiotics for recent acute autoimmune condition. Any ideas?

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German Shepherd
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing

Medication Used


My dog about two weeks just had heart worm shots and was fine until now. About two days ago he has started breathing with his mouth open and has had crusty yellow discharge from his nose. Occasionally he will not breath through his mouth but sometimes pants loudly. Occasionally he sneezes hard and has a rough cough. He still eats and drinks but is all of this worth taking him to the vet? Also he took medications from his heart worm shots that were a weeks worth.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Respiratory issues are one possible side effect of heartworm treatment, as the worms can cause significant irritation as they die. It would be best to have Tuco rechecked with your veterinarian as soon as possible, so that they can evaluate his heart and lungs and make sure that he doesn't need further treatment. I hope that he is okay.

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Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Stuffy, crusty nostril

My dog has been diagnosed with a sinus infection, its been 2 weeks since she had eye removal surgery. How could she have gotten this? How harmful are the antibiotics? This is her 2nd dose of antibiotics since her surgery. Should she be on a probiotic?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sinus infections may occur for a variety of reasons and are usually secondary to other conditions like allergies, irritants, trauma, foreign bodies etc… Most dogs will tolerate antibiotics well and should be able to go through two courses of antibiotics without worrying about the need for probiotics. If the infection is persistent after this course of antibiotics, it would be worth having a swab taken for culture and sensitivity to determine the best course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr. Turner.

Hi my dog had her eye removed and she now has the same symptoms she's had a ct scan and a rhinosocopy and all the lab tests done all came back with just inflammation! Her nose has now started to bleed a very small amount on and off and I'm getting very concerned :(

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Lab mix
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

post nasal back drip

Medication Used

Steroid Inhaler

My female lab mix has been diagnosed with chronic rhinitis. We have not been able to figure out the cause allergy-wise. We've also tried several anti-histamines. To make things worse, she will cough up (and in bad cases) end up with Aspirational Pneumonia. The frequency of this is increasing and she's had to go on anti-biotics for several weeks each time it happens.

I'm wondering how we can treat the rhinitis since it is chronic ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with chronic or recurring conditions is that an underlying cause needs to be determined in order to effectively manage the condition long term; if you’re still having issues it may be best to visit an Internal Medicine Specialist for a consultation to see if they are able to shed any light on this issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shih Tzu
23 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Running Nose
Watery eyes

My shih tzu (2 years old) has a runny nose several times a day. (Always clear) and watery eyes. she often sounds congested especially during the night. She appears to struggle to breath after episodes of licking at her nose. She does this often during the day and at night. She sleeps a lot and only seems to want to play after 8:00 at night. She had an allergy shot that didn't do anything. I give her 1/4 benydril that doesn't help. Any suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for runny eyes and nose which may include allergies, however other causes may include upper respiratory tract infections, chemical irritation, foreign objects in the eye among other causes. Without examining Ginger it is difficult to say how severe things are because I cannot listen to her chest and breathing in general; you should return to your Veterinarian since treatment so far was unsuccessful for a more in depth examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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