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Sneezing in and/or nasal discharge of a pet, this convulsive expulsion of air from the lungs through the nose and mouth. This is usually caused by foreign particles irritating the nose of a dog or cat. Sneezing is normal in pets when they are subjected to debris or dust, and both cats and dogs may sneeze on occasion. However, when sneezing becomes chronic, it may be a symptom of an underlying health condition. Some of the most common causes of chronic sneezing in dogs and cats include upper respiratory infections, respiratory allergies, inflammation in the nasal passages, distemper, insect bites and collapsed trachea.

How to Recognize

Sneezing in pets looks similar to sneezing in humans and is a large burst of air through the nose and/or mouth.


Sneezing once in awhile is normal for pets, just like it is for people. If your pet is experiencing incessant sneezing, or if you see more symptoms along with his/her sneezing, call your veterinarian for advice.

Possible Conditions

Pets sneeze when something is irritating them. Usually allergies or an infection is the cause of your pet sneezing.

Treatment for Sneezing

Your veterinarian may be able to provide your pet with medication if he/she is suffering from an infection. If allergies is the cause of your pet sneezing, pay attention to what is around them when they sneeze, and try to find the allergen and remove it from your pet's surroundings.

Pet Insurance

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.

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