Why Is My Dog Sneezing?

Common causes and remedies

You might find yourself asking this question – why is my dog sneezing a lot? It’s normal for dogs to sneeze occasionally, similar to how humans do. However, excessive sneezing could indicate a possible health condition. Continue reading to discover everything you need to know about dog sneezing. 

Common reasons for dog sneezing

At Pawsdoc, this is one of the most common inquiries. My dog sneezes a lot. What can I do? Before we get into the nitty gritty, here’s a few common reasons:

Foreign objects or irritants

Things like dust, pollen and other particles can become trapped in a dog’s nose or wind pip. Other items such as smoke, perfumes or chemicals may also be the reason. 


Dogs can suffer from seasonal or specific allergies. These are often accompanied by itching, scratching, watery eyes and nasal discharge. Read more about dog allergies here.

Colds and viruses

Just like people, dogs too can get viruses such as the common cold or others. Things accompanying this can include nasal discharge, coughing, watery eyes, lethargy, fever or diminished appetite.


Bacterial and fungal infections in your dog’s sinuses or nasal cavity could make him sneeze. 


Rarely, a dog sneezing can signal the presence of a tumor in their nose. Find out more about cancer in dogs.


Some dogs sneeze because they’re excited or happy to see you. So if your dog sneezes everytime they see you, buy them a treat!

What are other symptoms associated with sneezing?

Sneezing can be standalone, or come with other symptoms. Some common accompanying symptoms to look out for include but are not limited to the following:

  • Runny nose
  • Itching the face region
  • Watery Eyes
  • Nasal Discharge

How do I take preventative measures? 

Taking preventative measures with pets can be difficult because of their nature. Dogs especially, love to explore and feed their curiosity. But this does not mean you can’t do anything to prevent it.

  • Avoid using chemical products (cleaners, sprays) that leave aromas around the house.
  • Keep your windows closed and use air conditioning and fresh air filters at home.
  • Avoid smoking, using candles and air fresheners that could spread around the house.
  • Walk your dog on a shorter leash so they don’t have the ability to stick their nose in places where allergens may be present.

How do I stop my dog from sneezing?

Generally, occasional sneezing that isn’t accompanied by other signs of illness shouldn’t cause any concern. Frequent sneezing, on the other hand, especially without a clear cause, might require intervention. 

While allergies aren’t usually a serious threat to your dog’s health, you should consult with your veterinarian if, in addition to sneezing, they cause your pooch itching or skin irritation. If sneezing is accompanied by thick discharge or blood, or swelling, fever, appetite loss or lethargy, you should bring your dog to the vet right away.

If you notice your dog sneezing on a regular basis, be sure to watch closely for other signs. While your pup’s sneezing could be no big deal, what’s causing it may require some investigation.

Purpose of this article is to provide information. To ensure the health and well-being of your pet, always consult any question or concerns with your veterinarian. 

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