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My Sami has been making a noise as if he was trying to blow

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My Sami has been making a noise as if he was trying to blow his nose. I looked inside his nostrils,one looked as if it was blocked. He has had all vaccinations and flee and tick drops. Help. Bertie the dog.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today. How long has he had these signs?Any nasal discharge? What color?Any coughing, sneezing or wheezing?Are his gums pink or pale/white?Can you take a breathing rate for me (just count his breaths for 10 seconds + multiply that by 6)?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I noticed it about 1hr ago, no discharge,no coughing or sneezing, gums pink, breathing ok
Thank you,First, I am very glad to hear that Bertie's breathing is good and his gums are pink (a sign of good oxygenation). With those, we know that this isn't an emergency situation. That said, to have one nostril blocked does raise concerns of inflammation (secondary to infection), congealed dischrage, blockage from a foreign body (ie grass, see, etc), or lesser concerns like nasal growths, fly larvae or fungal infections.In this case, if he isn't distressed, we can try some supportive care. To start, we can try and loosen what is blocking by steam treating him. To do so, you can take him in the bathroom while you run a hot shower. The steam will help loosen and clear some of the snot congesting him. You can also use a baby nebulizer/humidifier. Though since they often don’t tend to like things held up to their faces, you could make him a little 'steam tent’ with your wee one in a carrier/dog crate, the nebulizer/humidifier next to it, and then cover both with a thin bed sheet. You could also do this in a small room.Furthermore, to flush out this nostril and reduce any irritation within, you can use non-medicated saline nasal drops (ie Little Noses, Ocean Mist, etc) to further reduce discharge build up. To do so, just tilt his head back and drop two to three drops in one nostril. Again not a favorite, but it helps to clear nostrils. After the drops go down, you can let the head up and wipe away any discharge that gets loosened. Afterwards, wipe away any discharge or crust with a damp cotton ball.Overall, the above would be our concerns for Bertie's signs. Since he isn't distressed, we can try the above while monitoring him. If it settles, we are happy. But if it lingers or the blockage looks firm, then we'd want to have him seen once his vet is open so that they can use dog safe anti-inflammatories to reduce nasal tissue inflammation +/- sedate him if there is something caught that needs to be removed.Please take care,Dr. B. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. **Please rate my service afterwards, as this is the only way I am credited for helping you today. Thank you! : )
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