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Rhinitis in my dog

July 17th, 2004, 02:06 PM
I have a mixed lab breed. She has had a sneezing and snorting issue for
over six months. She seems happy and healthy except for sneezing and
reverse sneezing. She has been to the regular vet and a specialist. She has
been on several antibiotics and benedryl. She improves but reverts back once
treatment is over. We had a rhinoscopy . No foreign bodies or tumors were found. A heavy growth of Klebsiella pneumonia was on bacterial culture. Histology showed a bacterial infection and allergic reaction. She is now on
prednisone and cephalexin. The specialist feels the bacterial infection is secondary and recomends a cat scan. At $1200. to $1500 it is too expensive
for us at this time. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas what it
might be. I would like to avoid the cat scan. We just had the rhinoscopy.

October 5th, 2004, 01:37 PM
I know what you are going through. We just took our dog Sadie 4 years old to another vet. Guess what he gave the same diagnosis as the first vet. This cost us another $300 but it was for our peace of mind. The vet did a x-ray found nothing in nostril also teeth were good. Then blood work that came out good, but her culture had a high bacteria count. The vet then put her on a expensive antibitoc called zeniquin Sadie is on this for 14 days. Cost of the zeniquin is $4.00 per pill. After the zeniquin he wants her to go on Cephalexin, same as your dog. It is also a antibiotic. Personally I don't want her on any more antibiotics. I looked up Cephalexin and did not like what I was reading about it. Chronic Rhinitis is just that Chronic means it will be back. This has to do with allergy's. Is it worse in the spring and fall? Sadie is probably worse than your dog as she has nasal discharge coming out of her nose, she sometimes reverse sneezes then I can tell the discharge is soon following. I would not get a cat scan for your dog but it is your dog. I see your message is dated in July. So I hope you found a cure and hope your dog is better. If you found something that helps please write me back..

October 6th, 2004, 07:59 AM
From reading this forum I learn all sorts of things!

I (myself) have chronic rhinitis. The only way to keep me from sneezing all the time is to take medication all the time. If I forget one night to take it, I wake up and my sinuses are all swollen.

I take flonase for it (nasal steroid to reduce inflamation). I wonder if they make that for dogs?? I can't imagine trying to spray something up a dogs nose!!!!

October 6th, 2004, 11:55 AM
Didn't expect to see anyone write, and glad you did write back at least you talk ;) so you have the same thing as these dogs? You have to take meds all the time? What are you taking in the form of pills? I have put drops in my dogs nose she really doesn't like it, but Sadie is a pretty mellow dog and I can do just about anything to her. Is it worse at a certain time of year What is happening with Sadie the snots will go away for a few months and then return. I am going to start her on the Cephalexin against my better judgement but the vet said Cephalexin is one of the best things I can give her. She will be on this for 30 days 2 pills a day. I will keep my eye on this thread..I hope maybe this will help you out..

October 6th, 2004, 02:23 PM
I take a spray in my nose, once a day in each nostril . I had permission from my doctor to play around with the dose to find the lowest dose required to control my symptoms. I still sniffle a bit, and at certain times of the year it does get worse. I'm allergic to so many things it makes it hard. I am allergic to grass, most plant/tree pollens, mosquitoes, bees/wasps, ****roaches (I didn't even know you could be allergic to these until they tested for them. Aparently their droppings are highly allergenic..thank god I don't have ****roaches where I live!!!), mold, dust mites, cats, seafood, and fish. Your dog may have one of these common allergies, and maybe you might have to play around a little and see what you can do to make it less. I don't know if they do allergy testing on dogs, but maybe it should be considered. I don't know how expensive it is though.

sue fox
October 7th, 2004, 01:15 PM
This is just a thought but have you thought about the food? Sometimes this can be the culprit or at least alleviate some of the allergic reactions. A lot of the research I did while looking for a food for our Scottie mentions even helping seasonal allergies! It takes a while if your pet switches food and patience since the stools will change but could be worthwhile.
Just a thought!! :cool:

October 9th, 2004, 08:08 PM
So what kind of dog food do you feed your scottie? I feed my dog Nutro right now I am feeding her one that they just came out with it is called ULTRA has more vitamins in it so they say! She is much better this week but she is on antibiotics. I am going to start her on the Cephalexin which humans also use. The vet talked me into it, and I will be watching her very carefully.
Raingirl have you tried any holistic medicine with your Rhinits? did you type in nasal discharge on this search engine? There is a medicine called oil of oregano that is supposed to help. But I don't know much about it. If these antibiotics do not work I am not giving her any more vet stuff and am turning to holistic medicine.

sue fox
October 11th, 2004, 11:55 AM
Actually we feed Scottie Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice. We have started him on natural treats too have to really look at the ingred. We were cautioned on anything (for allergies) that contains wheat, corn, soy preservatives. I know my sister's dog springer spaniel also suffers from allergies, runny eyes, nose, dry skin seasonally and they have given her benadryl under vets advice along with antibiotic and are currently looking into changing her food. I know this is hard to deal with, there are probably others out here who know a lot more about it. Good Luck

October 14th, 2004, 07:00 PM
Thanks, but guess what Sadie has been on Nutro for years they recently came out with Nutro Ultra so I just bought her a 18lb bag and it is almost gone. It's supposed to have more vitamins in it. Smells a little on the fishy side .. what kind of antibitocs is your sister's dog taking? I just gave Sadie her heartworm pill and am going to start her on the Cephalexin soon. I have heard about Benadryl so I researched it and gave her only 2 pills, but she threw up so I quit, now this may not have been the reason she threw up. who knows? I having been looking for answers to this for over a year.No one seems to know what to do. You can't keep a dog out of grass & weeds. I don't think antibitocs are the answer she has had way too many pills. I hate giving them to her. The Vet also suggested I keep up with the vitamins I give her acidophilus (probiotic) ESTER C 500mg and fish oil omega 3-6-9. These are people vitamins I buy mine at Walmart's. I also read on this message board I believe it was from a vet to give Oculant (spelling?) typed it in a search engine and found nothing about it so that is out..

sue fox
October 14th, 2004, 08:17 PM
Sorry I'll have to ask my sister about the antibiotic, but I know Shilo(her springer) is clear right now but again in the spring will start all over again. Have you tried checking into the "homemade" foods? This is for some people not all but I've heard a lot of good testimonials over the past month. Some really believe it cured or stopped allergy problems. Or the fish based dog foods. Is the Nutro you're feeding Lamb or Chicken based? Not sure if this will help your dog's specific problem, I know it can be frustrating. Hope someone will see your post and can help.

October 15th, 2004, 09:22 AM
I was feeding her with the chicken Nutro now it just says Ultra so who knows what's in this one lots of vitamins I know that much. Sadie is not like super bad with the sneezing right now just in the morning's when she awakens. I know there are a lot of dogs that have this problem just from surfing the net and none seem to have answers. Please ask your sister how many Benadryl pills she gives her dog also. I was thinking and also read this on a board. One a day? Thanks for trying to help Sadie and me..