03-15-2012, 12:05 AM
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My dog has a runny nose and sneezes
My 2 year old dog (Jack Russell/Lhasa mix) has a running nose (clear), and is experiencing sneezing in small bouts usually after waking or sniffing around outside. After 3 days of this, I took him to a vet yesterday who put him on cortisone tablets and said if he didn't perk up/appear better to bring him in for general anesthetic and exploratory nasal surgery! I can't afford the cost to do this nor does it seem worth the stress on my dog just on a hunch. He's been perfectly normal, very happy, same appetite, just with running nose and sneezing. He did reverse sneeze once on our walk today but it has been extremely windy and the air is suddenly chilly this week.
He's in constant contact with other dogs on his walks, and on the weekend we did some gardening including putting in new lawn and he possibly did inhale a lot of dust and dirt getting among everything.
Could this just be an allergy? He doesn't seem to be in discomfort, just licks his nose when it gets too runny. Hope you can help! I'm not sure what to do and I'd like to avoid exploratory surgery unless absolutely necessary! Thank you!