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What is Runny Nose?

A healthy dog may have a mild runny nose occasionally with no cause for alarm, but chronic or severe nasal discharge could indicate serious health issues. A mild runny nose is characterized by small amounts of watery discharge, may be accompanied by sneezing, and is often a sign of nervousness. However, a severe runny nose is persistent with discharge that is thicker, a color other than clear, and may contain blood or pus.A runny nose is characterized by nasal discharge that may range from watery to thick and may contain blood or pus. Upper respiratory organs produce nasal discharge. It's important to remember that sneezing and nasal discharge are normal for dogs, it should only be a concern once it becomes severe or chronic.

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Symptoms of Runny Nose in Dogs

  • Nasal discharge
  • Swollen or puffy eyes
  • Reduction in nasal respiration
  • Trouble breathing
  • Secretions on the fur of the dog’s face and/or arms
  • Deterioration in dental health
  • Bad breath
Types
  • Mild, or common runny nose, which is not a concern.
  • Severe or chronic runny nose

Causes of Runny Nose in Dogs

Severe or chronic runny nose may be an indication of one of the following:

  • Allergies, an immune system reaction to your dog’s environment.
  • Foreign object in your dog’s nasal passages.
  • Bacterial or fungal infection of your dog’s sinuses.
  • Nasal mites, a parasitic infection of your dog’s sinuses.
  • Dental diseases, such as abscessed teeth, periodontitis and gingivitis, are bacterial infections that can spread into your dog’s nasal passages.
  • Nasal cancer, or nasal adenocarcinoma.

Diagnosis of Runny Nose in Dogs

Proper diagnosis depends on your reporting your dog’s symptoms to a veterinarian promptly, if possible, schedule an appointment within 24 hours. The full scope of tests that may be used to diagnose the cause of your dog’s runny nose includes a rhinoscopy, which involves putting your dog under general anesthetic and examining the nasal passages through the insertion of a tube called an endoscope. This is a safe examination, and the anesthetic is used to prevent your dog from sneezing the tube out. There is a tiny camera on the end of the tube, allowing the veterinarian to actually see inside to spot abnormalities. It also features delicate surgical tools and can remove foreign bodies or take a sample of a suspicious growth.

Additional tests may include a dental exam, if dental health is deemed a potential cause. The nasal discharge may be sampled and examined for fungal and bacterial components. Your dog’s blood pressure may be recorded, as well as a test to determine your dog’s blood coagulation profile.

Treatment of Runny Nose in Dogs

Treatment of runny nose in dogs varies depending upon the diagnosis.

  • Allergies require determination of the cause of the reaction: it may be seasonal, or something around your house that you can eliminate. Treatment ranges from elimination of the irritant, to antihistamines, to corticosteroids.
  • The veterinarian will remove foreign objects and you will be advised on your dog’s recovery, which may involve an anti-inflammatory drug.
  • A bacterial infection will be treated with a prescription of antibiotics; the veterinarian may let a fungal infection try to clear on its own or may prescribe antifungals, depending on the severity.
  • Nasal mites are treated with an oral dose of the heartworm drug ivermectin.
  • Dental diseases will be treated directly, through tooth cleaning and the possible removal of teeth under anesthesia.
  • Nasal cancer is by far the most serious cause of runny nose in dogs. It is a slow-growing but invasive form of cancer, which doesn’t respond well to chemotherapy. Treatment may involve surgical removal of cancerous tumors, which can be very complicated due to the delicate structure of your dog’s nasal passages. Treatment may include radiation therapy if diagnosed early.

Recovery of Runny Nose in Dogs

As with causes and treatments, recovery and management of runny nose in dogs is varied. Follow through on all your veterinarian’s instructions, particularly in regards to medications, and follow up by monitoring your dog’s recovery. If discharge or sneezing continues, frequently clean your dog’s nasal passages by wiping with a soft cloth or tissue. Make sure your dog’s environment is clean, water is always available, and monitor and address your dog’s dental health regularly.

Runny Nose Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Oliver
French Bulldog
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Nasal discharge, red eyes watery, still eating and drinking normal, just very loud breathing nad sounds very conjested. Could this be allergies or should I consult a vet? Can I give him Benadryl

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
It is possible that Oliver has allergies, Benadryl at 1mg/lb (up to three times per day) may help but if there is no improvement within half a day, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Allergies, infections, foreign objects, chemical irritants among other issues may cause these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tank
pitbull
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Runny nose,
Dry Cough

My 9 month old pit bull has had a runny nose for a few days but is progressively getting worse. The mucus itself has sort of a yellow orange color to it. He used to have a dry cough but that seems to be gone. Not sure if it’s just because of the weather changing or some virus. Should I take him to the vet?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
There are various causes for a runny nose which may be due to infection, allergies, other irritants, foreign objects among other causes; if you are seeing an increase in severity and there is a yellow orange tinge to it you should visit your Veterinarian as there may be an infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nova
Golden Retreiver
18 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

yellow runny nose
Sneezing

My 18 week old Golden Retriever puppy has had a runny nose for the last day, and today I noticed that it is yellowish, like when we have a cold with a runny nose... She seems completely herself, no fever or vomiting, no coughing, just the runny nose and sneezing when excited.. should I just monitor her for a few days and see if it runs it’s course on its own, or should I see her vet? She has had kennel cough before, but these symptoms are different, so I don’t feel that it is that.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
It does sound like Nova has another respiratory infection, if there are no other symptoms just keep an eye on her for a day or two but if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination given her age as her immune system will not be as developed as an older dog. Other causes may be parasites, allergies, foreign objects among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Grandpa
Bernedoodle
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hello. My 9 month-old Bernedoodle has had a dry cough for a few days. The cough is now gone, but his nose is running and I can hear that he is congested when he breathes. The discharge is not clear, but a thick milky-yellow. Our vet initially thought he may have kennel cough (we asked her without the dog present), but now I am concerned it may be something more serious. Can you help?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
It sounds like Grandpa may have a severe upper respiratory tract infection and will require a course of antibiotics. You should visit your Veterinarian together with Grandpa for an examination and possibly for culture of the nasal discharge; if the cause is an infection, antibiotics or antifungal medication would be indicated as well as treatment for any underlying condition as appropriate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Skeeter
black mouth cur
3 months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

We adopted a 3 month old black mouth cur mix from the shelter last week and he was neutured last week as well. we have now noticed that he has a runny nose the last couple of days and today it has a slight yellow color to it. He is acting normal and eating okay.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
A runny nose may be caused by a few different causes which may include infection, dental disorders, allergies or foreign objects; keep a close eye on the discharge and if there is no improvement after a few days visit a Veterinarian for an examination to determine a cause. Sometimes a dog can have a bit of a runny nose due to different environment, stress etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rufus J Malone
Siberian Husky
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Clear runny nose

We bought a rescue Siberian Husky in February. All summer he has had a runny nose, the discharge is clear, but it is constant. It started about the same time my husbands allergies went nuts, so I have been assuming that it was allergies. As long as the discharge stays clear (like water) do I need to worry about getting him to the vet for testing, or try some Benadryl as I have seen recommended with other dogs here? Also, outside of the runny nose his behavior, energy, and what not, has not changed.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations
You can try giving plain old Benadryl to Rufus J Malone to see if there is an improvement with his symptoms; the dosage of Benadryl in dogs is 1mg/lb two to three times per day. Runny noses may be caused by a few different causes but allergies are quite common; other irritants like chemical cleaners and detergents may also cause a nose to run. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hobbes
Weimaraner
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge
Runny Nose
Ear Crust

We have a Weimaraner with chronic nasal discharge. It started about 3 years ago when he was 6 years old. He is constantly sneezing and blowing the discharge around. It clearly effects his breathing some. We have had x-rays, nasal scopes and multiple vet visits without any answer. It often turns green into an infection and he's had a lot of ear infections as well that we treat quickly. Do you have any recommendations, we are at an impasse and it's definitely frustrating for us and him.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

There are many different causes for nasal discharge in dogs; however the serious causes would normally be detected using x-ray or rhinoscopy. Some causes that may not be easily evident are allergies - do you remember changing cleaning products or anything else three years ago? it may seem simple and trivial but you would be surprised the number of times that is the cause; small foreign bodies – very small foreign bodies can cause long term problems and can be impossible to see depending on their location; nasal mites – nasal parasites less than 1mm long, but would normally be diagnosed by now. You may need to flush Hobbes’s nose and analyse the fluid or have a biopsy taken for further testing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I get nose bleeds all the time...especially in the winter when its really dry and whenever the air pressure changes, and i get them when i sleep too. However, unless you sleep face down some of the blood would've went into your mouth, and you should've tasted it and realized it was blood. And like 35 said, just wash it. There are ways to get blood out. Or else buy a new pillowcase for $5...<a title="nose Bleeds with runny nose" href="http://stoprunnynose.com/epistaxis-preventing-nosebleeds/">nose Bleeds with runny nose</a>

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Levi
Pekingese
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose

My Pekingese puppy, 9 months old
Constant runny nose, red eyes sneezes a lot, clear mucus comes out when he sneezes, his eye area is always wet and it has an odour, which isnt good
Im concerned about him, because this seems to be going on for a while now
I have taken him to the vet three times, out of deep concern, they say its allergies, he becomes irritable because of this, is there any thing else i can do, should i take him to another vet?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

A runny nose may be caused by allergies, infection, foreign bodies, dental problems or tumours; allergies usually present with itching and no odour of excretions, however you can give Benadryl at a dose of one milligram per pound for a few days, if this doesn’t help it is probably something else and you would need to return to your Veterinarian (or another Veterinarian) for another examination to determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Treatment Cost: $-1.00
Hi, I cannot get the tablets you suggested here in SA, Benadryl He seems to be getting worse, I am taking him to another vet today thank you

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Lola
Chihuahua
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

Hi-I'm part of a dog rescue and my new rescue dog (chihuahua) is having sneezing and you can hear the mucous in her nose when she breathes and just got spayed on Friday and had to have her uterus removed because it was full of pus. What should I do? And I have one other rescue dog and my own dog and I don't want them to get sick. What should I do? She is on an anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic already.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

The cause of mucus accumulation in the nose may be caused by a few different things: infection, foreign bodies, irritants, allergies, cancer or dental disease (extending into the nasal cavity). After the treatment with antibiotics, if Lola still has mucus bubbling in her nose, I would visit your Veterinarian to examine and possibly take a swab for culture to determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Macci (ma-chee)
Rat Terrier
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Always hungry
Licking
Sneezing

Medication Used

Simparica
Proheart

Macci has sneezed a lot like multiple times in a row usually at night and her nose is kind of runny nothing to crazy but it's always wet. The vet said it didn't seem to be an issue because discharge is clear and was probably allergies I notice once and awhile her eye seems lazy I don't know if it's related at all just observation. Sometimes she looks sad but that has been more so since we got another dog and he's getting the attention sometimes that she was always used to getting at all times. She licks the pillow a lot and always leaves a super wet spot.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Clear nasal discharge may be attributable to allergies, try giving Benadryl at 1mg/lb two to three times per day to see if there is a reduction in discharge. Clear nasal discharge may also occur due to chemical irritation from cleaning products or other products, if you have any new supplies in your home try to not use them for a while to see if they are the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My poor old SHI tzu has a runny nose constantly. Our house is over 200 years old, cluttery, and plenty full of dust. We can't keep up with the dust it's always around. My dog has an awful cough then a gag like she's going to spit I wonder if the vet that told me that her cough was due to lung disease or if she's getting a mouthful of dust from sticking her face in the fan or AC. Her nose is always runny ( clear) she coughs and sometimes it'll turn into a sneeze. She isn't a big snore dog just seems to easily lose her breath when anxious and after a walk halfway around the block. I wonder could giving her some bennedryl for a few days be a more helpful antihistamine than what the vet has had her on for weeks. I'm going to give it a try but she's 12 and can barely walk or. Deaths well so I'll give the bene at night for a few nights. Praying that it'll help her cough and runny nose

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Kato
Georgian Shepherd
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Thick nasal discharge

Medication Used

Baytral

I rescued a 5 month old black shepherd. He came from California with two other puppies. All three puppies got sick with pneumonia soon after they arrive. My dog was antibiotic for 6 weeks. He continues to have thick nasal discharge that needs to be cleaned often in order for him to breathe. I have taken him to my vet and also a veterinary internist. He had a nasal culture. No fungal infection only bacteria mrsp. I can't be treated with antibiotics because it's resistant to them and the vet does not think it is the cause for the discharge. He looks and acts perfectly healthy except for his nose

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Nasal discharge may be caused by a few different causes, most commonly bacterial infection; other causes may be due to allergies, foreign matter, nasal mites, dental problems (which extend up to the nasal cavity) and tumours (which Kato is probably too young for). MRSP can be difficult to eliminate and is common in dogs. Unfortunately, I cannot think of anything to add; an x-ray of the nasal cavity or rhinoscopy may be useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
American Pit Bull Terrier
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Wet nose

New dog, runny nose.. I adopted my dog a few days ago, she is 7 months old. Perfect health all around ( from a vet ). Her nose is wet and I just noticed that it is a tiny bit different than clear? A little tiny yellow? Is there anything I can do? Is it normal? Nervousness? Allergies?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

There are a few different possible causes including infection (the yellow discharge may be indicative of infection), allergies (new environment), chemical irritation (cleaning products etc…), foreign bodies etc… Keep an eye on Harley and if it continues I would visit a Veterinarian to determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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bubsie
Aspin
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

puff eyes

My dog is having a nasal discharge or runny nose for 1 week, she is very weak but still manage to eat and drink , what over the counter medicine can i give her? Thanks

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

A runny nose (if clear discharge) may be caused by allergies or some irritation; you could try giving Bubsie some Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb to see if it clears up. If the discharge is thick, yellow, green or anything other than clear; visit your Veterinarian for an examination and some antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
Samoyed
9
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge

Our dog has sneezed for years and has always had food allergies. In the last 6 months he developed a thick discharge out of one nasal. He has been on an doxycycline and an antibiotic for several months. We got him completely controlled until I ran out of his medication on a Friday night. By Monday he was back to chronic discharge. He had one episode of a bloody nose after two weeks of Benadryl and a nasal wash. He hasn't had blood since that time. I was instructed to wash his nose out with sterile saline when it occurred.
Condition ranges from moderate to severe. He seems much better outside in the cold weather.

It seems to have gotten much worse when I bought the wrong food for him. Since that time we can not get control. He is on prescription food Iams ID.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1711 Recommendations

Chronic conditions can always flare up in severity for numerous reasons; has your Veterinarian ever taken a sample for culture and sensitivity to see if there is a more suitable antibiotic or other medication available? the current treatment regimen may only suppress but not treat the primary cause. Also, have you performed allergy testing to see if there is anything in the environment which he is sensitive too. You would need to start again with the medication that was stopped last week and may be try having a sample taken to determine the cause and the sensitivity to some medications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zeus
German Shepherd
2 Months
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Sneezing A Lot, Shakes Head A Lot
I brought a 1.5 months old German Shepherd...The place where he was at is really hot and dry, whereas my place (town), 250kms away is humid and colder. Infact, my town is located around a place that receives highest rainfall in the world...So, the weather is really wet... Since three days, he has been sneezing quite often, discharging yellow mucus...He eats and looks fine, but clearly not 100% healthy. Kindly advice a home remedy as there is no vet around. Thanks
Australian Shepherd
1 Year
Mild
Has Symptoms
Sneezing
Eye Discharge
Nasal Discharge
My dog is one year and 7 1/2 month. After her 1st outdoor bath, she started sneezing a lot. She would have thick eye discharges and thick mucus from her nasal passage. She would sneeze And get it on here there and a few times I think reverse sneezes. At first I thought maybe a minor cold or allergy, but now its ongoing to 1 1/2week . she is still active, and her usual self, but just tired here and there. Bought some respiratory medicine from petsmart for allergy and other respiratory issues. It seems to help a bit.