Diseases & Conditions
What are nasal polyps?
Nasal polyps are benign tumors that can grow in your dog’s nasal passages. Nasal polyps are rare in dogs. Most growths found in the nasal cavity of the dogs will, unfortunately, be cancerous.
What will nasal polyps look like on my dog?
Because nasal polyps can grow far inside your dog’s nasal passages, it is sometimes impossible to see any sign of the polyps. If, however, the polyps are located close enough to your dog’s nostril openings, you will be able to see the polyps which look like small cherry-like growths. Common indicators of nasal polyps are nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing and difficulty breathing.
How does my dog get nasal polyps?
It is not known what causes nasal polyps.
How are nasal polyps diagnosed?
Nasal polyps can be diagnosed after a thorough examination including blood work, x-rays or CT scans, and an endoscopy of the nasal/sinus cavity. However, a biopsy will be needed to differentiate a polyp from a cancerous tumor.
How are nasal polyps treated?
Nasal polyps can be surgically removed.
How are nasal polyps prevented?
It is not known how to prevent the formation of nasal polyps.
Can I get nasal polyps from my dog?
No, you cannot get a nasal polyp from your dog.