WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG HAS A RUNNY NOSE AND A YELLOWISH DISCHARGE COMING FROM THE NOSE?
If you notice that your dog has a green snot, check it’s temperature, is the pet cold?
If you’re wondering why your dog has got a green snot, it is most likely that the pet just like a human is cold. Have it in mind that the color of snot coming from your dog has its unique meaning. In this article, we would take a deep look at all the possible colors of mucus in dogs and what each color signifies. Hang in there, your pet’s life might depend on it.
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What does it mean for my dog to have a green snot?
We have already mentioned that the mucus of dogs can take different consistency and colors, and each color is an indication of a different health condition or pathology altogether.
The colors of snot observed in dog’s are:
Transparent: This kind of snot is usually very liquid. They don’t indicate bacterial infection, it’s most likely a viral process, like the common cold and not an indication of bacterial infection.
White: slightly thicker than the transparent snot, but still not a sign of infection. It usually takes a mucus thinning medicine, such as an expectorant or mucolytic to dilute the snot and make it easier to expel them before they could build up and caused damage to the lungs.
Yellows: When it comes to snot, the darker the color, the more infection there is. Hence, yellow indicates an onset of infection or mild infection. The veterinarian will decide on whether or not to give your dog antibiotics, and will also check if the mucus has gotten to the lungs.
Green: Green snot often indicates an advanced stage of infection. The veterinarian will monitor the severity of the disease to ascertain whether or not antibiotic is necessary. If the dog also has pneumonia, we recommend that you contact a veterinarian immediately.
Reddish: Blood-stained snot is an indication of large inflammation in the nasal passages, which can make it difficult for the pet to breathe in oxygen.
Never engage in self-medication, not for yourself or your pet. If your dog has a green snot or any other color, go to the veterinarian because, in addition to prescribing the most appropriate treatment, it will also be easier to manage the disease as soon as treatment begins in earnest.
Why does my dog expel snot just through a hole in his nose?
Bilateral mucus (from the two nostrils) indicate general illness, such as a common cold. However, it is advised that you should see the veterinarian determine whether the problem is restricted to only the nose as in the case of rhinitis, or if the condition is pulmonary.
When mucus comes out through a single hole in the nose, the diagnosis is usually different and it could seem somewhat complicated. It may be as a result of an obstruction of one of the nasal passages, for example in a scenario where a foreign body, such as a spike, gets into the pet’s nose, the resulting snot is usually accompanied by sneezing because the object in the nose would cause itching and irritation. In these cases, it is necessary to sedate the dog before removing the foreign body from its nasal cavity.
An intranasal tumor is another possible and more severe cause of nasal discharge from both openings, It is diagnosed through a rhinoscopy.
Most times, if your dog has a green snot or any other color, it might just be a cold. However, only the veterinarian can make a successful diagnosis and prescribe the most suitable treatment for your pet. So ensure to take your pet to the veterinarian whenever it has a health problem or behavioral abnormality.