Diseases & Conditions
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation or infection of the mucus membranes that line the sinuses. These conditions often begin in the nasal passages as a condition known as rhinitis. In many cases, sinusitis can spread to other parts of the respiratory system such as the lungs. Thus, prompt treatment of the underlying cause is recommended.
What will sinusitis look like in my dog?
The symptoms of sinusitis include nasal discharge, discharge from the eyes, nose bleeds, sneezing, coughing, gagging and loss of appetite.
How does my dog get sinusitis?
Sinusitis is often the result of a viral, bacterial or fungal infection in the nasal passages or upper respiratory system. Other causes include the inhalation of irritants, cancer and tooth decay.
How is sinusitis diagnosed?
A physical examination along with tests such as blood work, bacterial, viral and fungal cultures, radiograph, endoscopy and CT-scans are employed to diagnose sinusitis.
How is sinusitis treated?
The treatment of sinusitis is based on the underlying cause. There are medications to combat bacterial and fungal infections. Cancers may be treated with a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. There is no treatment for viral infections, but viral infections usually run their course with no long-term ill affects on your dog's health.
How is sinusitis prevented?
Prompt treatment of respiratory infections may prevent sinusitis.
Can I get sinusitis from my dog?
No, you cannot contract sinusitis from your dog.