Dog Sneeze: Cute or Worrisome?

J. Wesley Porter June 12, 2018

What makes a dog sneeze? From obvious to hilarious reasons, we have them here

dog sneeze

Everything our dogs do will always be cute and entertaining to us. When they sneeze, which is very rare, we consider it our lucky day. But at what point does cuteness turn into a symptom of a serious medical condition? According to Canna-Pet, an institution dedicated to hemp products research and development, here are some common causes of what makes a dog sneeze.


Something’s up in the upper airway. A dog snoring can be attributed to sleep apnea due to an upper airway obstruction. This obstruction caused by excess tissue in the upper airway may be followed by a dog sneeze.


Beware the nasal mites. Humans have head lice, while dogs have nasal mites. These sneaky bugs are found in places where dogs like to sniff and lick—in dirt. Why does a dog sneeze a lot? It’s those tiny, infestation-causing beasts, that’s why!


Nasal tumors. This serious disease is surprisingly common to dogs, particularly the ones that have long snouts. Nasal tumors start to grow in the dog’s later years. If your dog has this disease, they tend to sneeze a lot due to an obstruction in their nasal paths.


Allergies. What makes a dog sneeze a lot can be due to seasonal allergies, especially during spring and summer. Pollen allergies can cause your dog to sneeze a lot, have watery eyes, too much scratching, and paw chewing.


Infections and infectious diseases. When dogs get infections, their excessive sneezing is coupled with coughs. Infections can come in many forms and levels of severity. Some infections can be treated right away, while some can be deadly. So it is imperative for owners to observe their dogs closely for any infections present.


Uninvited foreign entrants. Cigarette smoke, household cleaners, scented and unscented candles, dust that come from vacuums, and common irritants that enter your dog’s highly sensitive nasal pathways can trigger a dog sneeze.


They’re just excited. A dog sneeze can be attributed to their being excited and overjoyed. When you come home, when you offer them a treat, or when you throw a ball—your dog may sneeze a lot, and it’s perfectly normal and, for the most part, adorable.


You need not be worried if your dogs sneeze. However, when sneezes occur more often than normal, you probably should visit your vet right away. After all, it is better to be sure than to regret something in the end.


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Canna-Pet. 2017. “Why Is Your Dog Sneezing?” Accessed on May 4, 2018.

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