Q. What can I do if my pet is suffering mucus nasal discharge?

A. Diseases of the nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses or lower respiratory tract typically cause nasal discharge, sneezing and snorting.

Other common causes of nasal discharge include viral, bacterial or fungal infections, foreign bodies, allergies, polyps, neoplasia, and extension of diseases from oral cavity.

In most of instances dogs will require treatment with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory or antihistamine medications and in cases of persistent nasal discharge further investigation like x-ray of the nasal cavity, endoscopy, culture of the nasal mucus is warranted. Therefore, it is strongly advised to have your pet checked by your veterinarian if the discharge persists.

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