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Hello.

Our 11 year old Mini Dachshund “Eva” has been having nasal issues for quite awhile and has seen many different vets with no luck. Her symptoms are:

numerous episodes of reverse sneezing
coughing/hacking (seems like she’s trying to clear her throat)
loud snoring
congestion (one side)
sneezing many times throughout the day/night with significant nasal discharge from one nostril (color varies from clear to yellow to green to red)...there is snot everywhere!!!
does not appear to be in any pain
no pain to the touch and no swelling
We have now seen 5 vets for this issues including an emergency specialist and a vet nasal specialist. She has had a Rhinoscopy and a CT Scan both of which were inconclusive and could not provide a concrete diagnosis. She’s been on many courses of varying antibiotics as well as antihistamines. We use a humidifier in our room (where she sleeps). We have tried using a saline rinse for her nose and that was not a success (mainly because of her thrashing with no interest in us using the solution).

There has not been any improvements and the vets that we have seen can’t seem to provide any further insight on what is causing the issue and what else we can possibly do. They suggest maybe trying another Rhinoscopy or CT but at this point I really don’t see how that helps. Also, our attempt to find a diagnosis is getting very expensive.

Vets say that her breathing is fine and that she is quite healthy otherwise for an 11 year old dog. We don’t know what to do. Anyone have any ideas?

Thank you so much in advance.
 

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Awww. She is cute. I am not a vet or anything. I think that is good you went to a vet who said it was a reverse sneeze. My vet told me that also. Is she drinking enuf water? I would suggest that maybe she is allergic to dust. Being low to the ground. Maybe try to vacuum more and dust. But when you do this have her in another room so she is not breathing it in while you clean. Any kind of cleaning, actually, not just vacuuming.

I would also suggest to make a journal and try to monitor and note when it it worse than other times. This may help. Also to wash the bedding, hers and yours more often. If there is a special place she goes vacuum that out first and put a new furniture cover over and and keep that washed and cleaned. There are dog allergy tests you can purchase on the Dogs Naturally site which may help you to figure out if it is something more than dust. Take care.
 

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Were there any changes in her environment before it all began? Different cleaning products, or personal care products on the humans in her life? Laundry soap, plants (pollen)? New carpets? Have you started a new craft/hobby where she might react to the materials? I’m sure you have thought about all these already, but asides from a reaction to anything in her environment the only things left are perhaps an autoimmune issue or that she might have breathed in a particle that is causing this response. A seed (fox tail...), piece of wood, an insect...not sure if those would show up in a CT scan.
 

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Thank you for the kind and detailed replies. I really appreciate the suggestions. To answer some of the questions.

- she still eats and drinks normally
- there was a change in her environment as we moved to a new area where there are still a lot of construction going on. She did have some issues with reverse sneezing prior to the move but it is now much much worse. Antihistamines don't seem to help either.
- nothing else really new in terms of food or treats or anything. She does get a nightly probiotic with her dinner as well. She has been eating natural balance small breed bites for many years so hopefully that's still ok.
- it is definitely possible that she may have inhaled something at some point and that it didn't show on the CT or the rhinoscopy. With that I don't really know what to do.

Thanks again.
 

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I have an idea of your frustration. My German Shepherd has had very similar problems. She's only 1 1/2 years old. She's had all the tests you mentioned and medication. Her internal medicine specialist suggested that I try Zyrtec or Clariton and I think it has helped some, although she does still have little bit of a runny nose on one side almost constantly. She had a Rhinoscopy last summer and they found a small foreign body. They said that a possibility for still having a runny nose is irritation or scar tissue from the foreign body irritating her sinuses. I don't think she's as bad as your dog though. Mine will have periods of getting worse, but in general it's just a runny nose and sneezing with some discharge. Sometimes it has been bloody as well. If it's yellow you should take her in to see if she needs an antibiotic.

My dog will wake during the night and lick and lick at her nose. She's also had a CT scan. Nothing shows up as unusual. It's odd that it's usually just on the one side. If you run onto anything helpful I'd like to hear about it and if I find anything that helps I'll pass it on. lol

The only thing i haven't followed up on is a dermatologist that would be able to check for allergies.
 

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I have an idea of your frustration. My German Shepherd has had very similar problems. She's only 1 1/2 years old. She's had all the tests you mentioned and medication. Her internal medicine specialist suggested that I try Zyrtec or Clariton and I think it has helped some, although she does still have little bit of a runny nose on one side almost constantly. She had a Rhinoscopy last summer and they found a small foreign body. They said that a possibility for still having a runny nose is irritation or scar tissue from the foreign body irritating her sinuses. I don't think she's as bad as your dog though. Mine will have periods of getting worse, but in general it's just a runny nose and sneezing with some discharge. Sometimes it has been bloody as well. If it's yellow you should take her in to see if she needs an antibiotic.

My dog will wake during the night and lick and lick at her nose. She's also had a CT scan. Nothing shows up as unusual. It's odd that it's usually just on the one side. If you run onto anything helpful I'd like to hear about it and if I find anything that helps I'll pass it on. lol

The only thing i haven't followed up on is a dermatologist that would be able to check for allergies.
That's a tough situation. Hope your pup is doing well.

A Dermatology is something I hadn't considered but we may want to try that too.

I will definately let you know if I figure anything out. Hopefully someday.

Unfortunately Eva has developed an absolutely nasty ear infection in the last few days and had yet another trip to the vet today. The vet associates it with her nasal issues and we are trying some new treatments. I feel so bad for her as it must be quite painful.

Trying to stay positive.

Thanks for the replies.
 

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Just joined message boards to inquire about these very symptoms my 12 year old Min Pin is suffering from. Currently on Baytril and Temaril P, but symptoms are not subsiding.
 

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Just joined message boards to inquire about these very symptoms my 12 year old Min Pin is suffering from. Currently on Baytril and Temaril P, but symptoms are not subsiding.
Wasn’t allowed to send a PM.

Nothing new yet. Still the exact same symptoms. The vet has recommended this week that we try a new anti-histamine along with a new anti-nausea that can help with the level of mucus apparently. Seems like we are trying something new every couple weeks. I’ll let you know if I find something.

Regards.
 
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