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Sneezing in Dogs Sneezing in Cats

Sneezing in Dogs and Cats
Herbal treatments to help improve respiratory health and reduce frequent sneezing in cats and dogs.
Herbal treatments to help improve respiratory health and reduce frequent sneezing in cats and dogs.


The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Sneezing rarely affects cats and more commonly affects dogs. When your pet inhales, tiny particles of dust and irritants are taken in with each breath. The nose of a cat or dog is extremely sensitive to scent, dust and allergens, which can affect the fine hairs in their nose. When your pet sneezes due to exposure to dust or allergens, it is responding to and attempting to get rid of the foreign invader. The exact process includes air moving into the nasal cavity, dust particles and allergens attach to nose hair and mucus. Your pet then closes its epiglottis (located at the back of the throat), it contracts and your pets sneezes. 

Beyond dust and allergies, there are numerous bacteria that can induce sneezing, including Pasteurella, Bordetella, Streptococci and pseudomonal bacteria. For cats, the two most common reasons for sneezing are related to rhinotracheitis virus (Herpes-1), Calicivirus and the organisms Chlamydia psittaci and mycoplasma.

Your pet may also sneeze as a result of being exposed to household detergents and cleaners, candles, carpet and room deodorizers, dryer sheets, perfumes and unrelated to scent, to a tooth abscess. 

Cats and dogs are also prone to sneezing if they have a respiratory infection. Similarly to humans, pet colds are caused by a virus or bacteria. Sneezing can also be a nervous response in some pets. Sneezing can pass an infection to other dogs and cats. 

Other suggestions:

Avoid vacuuming, sweeping or dusting when your pets are around as air pollutants such as dust, pollen or household cleaners may cause them to cough or sneeze

Keep windows open and fans blowing when cleaning with household cleaners

Bring pets indoors during allergy season

Make sure that your pet eats a premium, holistic diet free of corn, wheat, soy, inferior proteins, colorants and chemical additives

Add immune boosting supplements to your pet’s diet

Stop smoking inside your home

If the air in your house is dry, use a humidifier, vaporizer or steam from a warm shower to clear up the air and reduce your pet’s cough

Keep your cat well groomed to prevent unnecessary hairballs being lodged in its throat.

If your pet is sneezing with any regularity, especially, if related to your cat, please consult your veterinarian as it may involve a serious health concern. 

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies have been used for millennia as a respiratory tonic for the immune system; to help limit sneezing and wheezing; to help reduce inflammation related to smooth muscles found throughout the body; to help treat and provide symptomatic relief for respiratory problems; to help keep the lungs, chest and throat clear; to help relieve dry, hacking coughs and sneezing; to provide anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic relief; and to help provide respiratory and immunity protection.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic and anti-Candidal.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Soothed & Serene  – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems of an anxious animal, particularly the Central, Autonomic, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, as well as for its positive effects to relax the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory & respiratory systems; used holistically to help soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative, nervine effects and alternative to benzodiazepine drugs; as a nutritive to help bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems;  helps restore emotional balance, promotes comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security; helps protect the blood brain barrier, important in preventing plaque buildup in the brain related to cognitive decline and as a stroke preventative. 

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

Conventional Remedies:

If your pet has been coughing for a few days, consult your vet. Your vet will perform a thorough physical examination as well as may take chest x-rays (thoracic radiographs), a complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry profile, urinalysis, heartworm test or fecal exam. Additional tests may include a trans-tracheal wash, bronchoscopic exam or fine-needle aspirate.

A rectal temperature reading will usually indicate if your dog or cat may have a respiratory tract infection (the normal temperature of a cat or dog is about 102.5F. If the temperature is over 103.5 it might indicate a problem). Conventional preventative treatment for respiratory tract viruses usually means a vaccination, and treatment will usually include antibiotics, vitamin A and good nutrition. Be aware that some antibiotics and vaccination may be unpleasant for your pet and accompanied by side effects.





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