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Sudden Onset Sneezing

Discussion in 'Diseases & Illnesses' started by SKNerissa, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. SKNerissa

    SKNerissa Forums Enthusiast

    Dec 3, 2013
    Kelowna, BC, Canada
    I'm worried about Riley. A few days ago he started sneezing out of the blue whenever we go outside or he gets excited. No other obvious signs of illness. No nasal discharge. No reverse sneezing. Just repetitive sneezing - mainly within seconds of going outside.

    I took him to the vet on Friday and he was prescribed a course of Vanectyl-P to try and rule out allergies as a cause. We were supposed to start with 1 tablet twice per day but he has a history of seizures/movement disorder so I decided to just give it to him once per day until I can call the vet about this concern (we recently switched over to our backup vet so he isn't familiar with my boy's full history). On the plus side Riley hasn't had the rapid breathing that he got with other antihistamines but so far we also haven't seen any improvement in the sneezing :(

    At first I thought maybe Riley got something in his nose I but would have expected to see some discharge by now if that was the case. So that has me worried about a nasal tumor. Two of my sisters have lost pets to nasal tumors in the last few years so it's something I can't shake worrying about - especially since breeds with long snouts are at greater risk and Riley is seven now so technically a senior.

    The vet did mention dental problems as a possible cause of sneezing. Riley needed 8 teeth out the last time he went for a dental cleaning and x-rays so we know he is at risk for dental problems and he does have bad breath lately.

    Anyway, I was already planning on booking him in for a dental cleaning in a couple months so I will move that up and have his nose scoped then as well to see what is going on. Praying that it's a virus or allergies but I am worried it's something more serious.

    Has anyone else's sheltie had a similar problem with sudden onset sneezing without discharge and have it turn out to be nothing serious? Also, any experiences with Vanectyl-P?

    BTW, sorry to not have been active lately; my own health hasn't been so good. Thanks for letting me ramble.
  2. ghggp

    ghggp Moderator

    Aug 28, 2011
    Grosse Pointe, Michigan
    So sorry to hear of Riley's sneezing issues.

    Did you get an X-ray done to rule out the tumor possibility?

    My thought is to make an appointment with a specialist vet clinic.
    Bring all your prior vet records with you to the appointment or have the vet send them to the specialist. We have Michigan State University vet school of medicine here. Maybe you have something similar in your area?

    I personally would go see a specialist at this point, especially since his litter mates had issues. Time might be more critical now. I wish I had more advice to share.

    Sorry to know you also have to deal with your own health issues too. Please let us know how things progress!
  3. Ann

    Ann Moderator

    Feb 25, 2008
    Western Connecticut
    I agree with Gloria, I'd ask your vet to explore further. It does seem odd that the sneezing starts when Riley goes outside though. That almost points to an external cause, such as allergies. I hope that's the case, and not something more serious. Allergies can be VERY hard to diagnose...it took me 8 months with numerous tests, medications and visits to get to the root of my Flurry's allergies with a canine dermatologist, so don't be afraid to keep asking questions and consult a specialist if you need to.

    Good luck and with your medical issues as well. Please keep us posted. Sending healing thoughts for both of you!
  4. corbinam

    corbinam Moderator

    Oct 14, 2008
    I had a very similar thing happen with Lexi last year. For about two days she sneezed A LOT. And a lot of it ended in that reverse sneezing and I got worried that she had something in there (like a foxtail or a tumor) so off to the vet we went. They found nothing and told me it was likely allergies. We treated with Benadryl for a few days (she has had allergies manifest in other ways before) and it disappeared a few days later.
  5. RikyR

    RikyR Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2013
    Baton Rouge LA
    Zulu does this occasionally when he goes outside, usually a few seconds after he goes out the door. I am thinking it may have something to do with the sudden change in temperature, 75F inside to 90+ outside. It is usually a snort and a sneeze, and it is not all the time. Cody started sneezing a lot, and one was bloody. Turned out he had high blood pressure, and the start of kidney disease. Needless to say, Zulu gets a nose check at almost every sneeze.

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