Why does my dog have a runny nose?


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Dr. Debra -My dog has a runny nose. It drips like mine will when I have a cold. What's going on with her?

Carol Marek


Hi Carol – thanks for your email. Some dogs can have a runny nose at times. They can have "rhinitis" – inflammation of the nose. Some will have sinus problems, upper respiratory infections, foreign bodies, nasal irritation, nasal mites, nasal tumors and other things but those problems are usually associated with other signs such as sneezing or bloody nose (epistaxis).

A runny nose that consists of clear fluid with no other signs can be normal in some dogs. Most dogs lick their noses quickly and you never see the discharge.

An article that might be helpful to you is Nasal Discharge in Dogs.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.