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Sneezing is nothing to sneeze about (or is it?)

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Little louie has been sneezing for about 3 or 4 days. I have been home now for about 30 minutes and he has sneezed about 10 times approx.

I have a vet appointment scheduled for Tues. morning but I dont really want to fork out $69 for the vet if I don't have to expend the money.

I am not of the highest financial status but the safety of the dog is my responsibility.

Some of the folks in this group have a pretty good knowledge of dogs so I ask this:

Would it be safe to wait it out a little longer and see how this sneezing thing pans out.

As I remember there was a rainy night before the sneezing started and I left a window open for fresh air, I wonder if he got a little cold or something?
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It is unlikely to be anything "like a cold." It can be anything from a foreign object to a tumor to allergies.

Since you are concerned about finances, have you considered Pet Insurance? What will happen if Louie develops a problem that is manageable but expensive to manage??

I have Healthy Paws® on my older, competition dog and Trupanion® on my kitten and my puppy. While none of them cover initial exams or annual exams or routine surgery (spay/neuter) they can be very helpful if your dog develops allergies or a multitude of other very expensive issues. They do not cover pre-existing conditions.

Most get more expensive as the pet ages (Trupanion is a little different that way and they have extra riders you can choose from). I reduced premium cost by raising the deductible and/or reducing the percentage coverage and then putting money in savings to cover those things.

Yes, you still have to pay the initial exam fee (in your case $69 and diagnostics) but if the issue "grows" into other expensive treatments it can make those treatments affordable vs. euthanizing the pet.

The issue here is if you do not have insurance.. or have it in place for a waiting period (every policy is different) and your dog is diagnosed with an insurable issue before the policy kicks in the condition will be considered "pre-existing." Pre-existing conditions are not covered.

Just a thought.
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When you made the appointment, did you explain the problem and then have the person advise you to come in? If the vet clinic thinks it needs to be seen, it's probably not worth risking a "wait and see" approach. As 3GSD said, sneezing can have a bunch of causes, some more serious than others.

I will say that cold or wet weather won't cause colds. Viruses cause colds. Of course persistantly cold and/or wet conditions can stress one's body and make one (human and dog alike) more vulnerable to sickness, but there still needs to be exposure to a virus to cause a viral infection like a cold or flu. And one night with an open window probably isn't going to make that huge an impact on an otherwise healthy dog's immune system, so please don't worry too much about somehow causing it by leaving the window open.
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3GSD and DaySleepers I want to thank you again for your valuable insight. I will be getting Louie to the vet and also looking into the pet insurance.
The vet prescribed an antihistamine which I think is a waste of money for $22. The antihistamine should not cure anything and what does it hurt if the dog sneezes for a few days.
As an allergic human: allergies are miserable. If your vet has determined that the sneezing is most likely to do with allergies, then giving the antihistamines will at the very least confirm whether or not that diagnosis is correct (ie if the sneezing stops when the dog is medicated with an allergy med, then it's allergies). If the medication doesn't help, then that's a sign your vet might've missed something and there's something more serious going on, like a foreign object in the nasal cavity - that's valuable information to have! If the meds do work, you'll be improving your dog's quality of life. Untreated environmental allergies may not kill a dog, but they can make them feel unwell, which can in turn lead to undesireable changes in behavior (we've all gotten a bit grumpy when we're feeling sick before) and even a weakened immune system. No, allergies can't be cured, but they can and should be managed whenever possible.

If cost is an issue, call your vet and ask about alternatives. They may be able to set up solutions like sending the prescription to a human or third-party online pharmacy (often cheaper than buying directly from the vet), or help guide you in over-the-counter allergy medication that could help. Please do NOT try dosing your pup with human over-the-counter allergy medications without explicit instructions from your vet! Not all human medications are safe for dogs, and some require vastly different doses in dogs than what you'd give a human of the same weight. Some even have additives that are outright deadly toxic to dogs, like xylitol.
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