What To Do For Dog Nasal Congestion

What To Do For Dog Nasal Congestion

Does your dog have nasal congestion? Does he have watery eyes and a runny nose? Is he breathing through his mouth? Just like people, dogs get all stuffed up. But unlike with most people, this could be a symptom of a more serious health problem. You need to take him to the vet so she can determine the cause of the congestion and deal with the real issue, rather than just the symptom. Additionally, there are a few things you can do for him at home to make him more comfortable and help him breathe better.


If, as well as being congested, your dog’s face is swelling and he is having trouble breathing, take him to the vet immediately. It could be a severe allergic reaction that could have severe consequences.

Congestion of the nasal cavity can be caused by one of these things.


Your dog may have a respiratory infection, which could be bacterial,viral, or fungal. If it is bacterial, he will need antibiotics. If it is fungal, he will need antifungal medication. Some other symptoms of infections, are coughing, sneezing, and mucus coming out of the eyes and nose. If this is your dog, note the color and the consistency of the mucus and let your vet know. This may help her to diagnose the problem.

Dental Problems

Your dog could have dental problems that are spreading to the sinuses. In this case, you need to get his teeth fixed so that the congestion will not continue to occur. Some of the symptoms of dental problems are swollen and red gums, pus pockets under the gum line, and bad (worse than normal) breath.


Your dog might have allergies, either to pollen, mold, or smoke outside, or to chemicals inside. In this case your vet may need to put him on antihistamines or give you a topical spread to apply. Some of the symptoms of allergies are coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and itchy skin.

Object In Nose

Your dog might have something stuck up his nose. My dad once pulled a Flinstones vitamin out of my nose with his finger, but I wouldn’t recommend trying that. A vet can take an x-ray to find out where the object is exactly and take the proper measures to get it out.


Your dog, especially if he is older, could have a tumor or growth in his head. The tumor must be found and treated.

Other Symptoms

Some other symptoms to look for that will help the vet identify the cause of the congestion are:

  • nosebleeds
  • pawing at nose and mouth
  • lack of energy
  • lack of appetite

At Home

You need to visit the vet to find the root cause of the nasal congestion. But in the meantime, and after you get the medication, here are some ways you can make him more comfortable at home.

Bring him into the bathroom and close the door. Run the shower with warm water for fifteen minutes and let the steam waft out and help to clear out the nasal passages. Do this a few times each day. In the same vein, run a humidifier in the room that he usually hangs out in.

You can also add warm water, or as he might prefer, warm chicken broth (with no onion or garlic) in your dog’s food. Wiping his nose with a warm cloth will help a little too. If his nose gets too dry, put some Vaseline on it.

If your dog has a nasal congestion it is most likely not just a simple cold. You need to take it seriously and visit the vet You could be saving his life.