When there is an inflammation of your pet's nasal passages, it is known as rhinitis. Conversely, inflammation of the sinuses is known as sinusitis. Both of these conditions can develop in pets, and it is essential to note that one condition can lead to the other and vice versa.
How Rhinitis Affects Your Pet
Rhinitis is a mild pet health problem, in itself; however, in many cases, it is a symptom of a more serious condition. If your pet has rhinitis, it will develop a runny or stuffy nose. Since excess mucus may make it difficult for your dog or cat to breathe through its nose, it may experience what is known as reverse sneezing. Reverse sneezing is when pets suck in or gasp for air in an effort to breathe.
Common Symptoms of Rhinitis
The symptoms of rhinitis in cats and dogs are quite easy to recognize and are common to most cases of the condition. As stated above, this is a mild pet health condition. However, since it can be a sign of a more serious problem, it is essential for you to take your pet to a veterinarian if you notice any of the following symptoms: Sneezing, Reverse Sneezing, Runny or Stuffy Nose, Loss of Appetite, Swollen Areas Around the Nose or Eyes, Gagging or Retching and Foul-Smelling, Thick Mucus.
Treatments for Rhinitis
If your pet has rhinitis, the first thing that your veterinarian will do is perform several tests to make sure that there are no underlying causes for the condition. This may involve cultures, X-rays, biopsies and/or an examination of the nasal cavities. If it is found that there is an underlying cause, it will need to be treated as well. In most cases, antibiotics can help bacterial forms of the infection. Antifungal agents such as fluconazole or itraconazole are often used to treat fungal infections. At home, you can use a humidifier to help loosen your pet's nasal mucus. This will help the nose drain and make it easier for your dog or cat to breathe.
Most any breed of canine or feline can develop it. Some of the conditions that can leave your pet vulnerable to Rhinitis are: upper respiratory infections, foreign matter in the nasal cavity, trauma, herpes virus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, distemper, tumors, periodontitis, facial abnormalities and various allergies.
When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.