Foreign Body - Nasal In Dogs

Well, search around, and you won't find a dog which hasn’t sneezed or sniffled in its lifetime. Many of us (including me) are proud parents of dogs. It highly bothers me, as it can happen that one day my canine pal’s vacuum-like nose can suck in, the entire stretch of grasses, out of a sudden excitement (just kidding).

Jokes apart, problems arise when the dog inhales foreign bodies like grasses or foxtails which can create issues like blockages in the nasal atmosphere. And trust us, it’s a hell like an experience when these foreign bodies start interfering in the normal working of the nose. There comes a wide variety of issues when the dog accidentally breathes in a foreign particle.

So let's start a conversation on this

A dog in its full sniffing self will breathe or suck in, any small object from grasses to dirt, etc. into the nasal cavity. Well, in that case, if the object does not come out with a humble sneeze, it can stay inside as it gets stuck deep inside the nose.

The affected dog will constantly paw at its nose, sneeze occasionally and eventually discharge, from one or both the noses. Hunting and working dogs are more prone to suffer from inhalation of foreign material, as these dogs tend to spend a vast period of time being outdoors. Small pups will inhale the particles while having their playing session.

What are the general signs?

Frequent discharges from the nose

Repeated episodes of sneezing

Shaking the head frequently

Pawing the nose several times during the day

Bleeding from the nose


A thorough diagnosis is needed to see the health condition of the pet.

A controlled blood count

Profile of biochemistry

Analysis of the urine

Xray of the neck and chest

CT Scan

MRI Scan


A check of the bronchi

An examination of the trachea



Mechanically removing the nasal obstruction



Surgically removing the foreign particle, if it obstructs the natural working of the nose

Antibiotic therapy can be helpful in dealing with secondary infections

Precautions one should take at the Home

The key to long-lasting health nasal atmosphere is detecting and dealing with the issue as soon as possible. The owner will have to see the face of the vet frequently, as issues like these needs an extended period of time to heal.

In many cases, if the dog’s nose inhales something like splintered sticks and grass owns, these things often escape detection and stucks inside the lung and can create chronic issues for the dog.

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