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My Dog Has Green Mucus Coming From His Nose What Do I Do?

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Nicole Manion answered
Green mucus coming from the nose can be a sign of upper respiratory infection, also known as kennel cough. It is important that you take your pet to the vet, as only they will be able to completely diagnose and treat the infection completely, using antibiotics and recommending a diet that will aid with recovery.

Upper respiratory tract (URT) infection in dogs involves all or part of the upper airways, which include the bronchi, trachea, throat and nasal cavities. Infections of these airways can become very serious, and can even be fatal.

Infections of the upper respiratory tract are common in domestic dogs and usually are caused by a combination of primary and secondary pathogens, including viruses, bacteria and/or mycoplasma. Bordetella bronchiseptica is the most common primary bacterial pathogen; it causes infectious canine tracheobronchitis, commonly called "kennel cough".

Among viral causes of URT infection, the canine influenza virus and the canine distemper virus are seen most frequently. Less often, canine URT infections are associated with nasal mites (Pneumonyssoides caninum) or lung flukes (Paragonimus kellicotti). Most of these infectious pathogens are highly contagious and spread rapidly between dogs, especially in multi-pet households and high-density areas such as pet stores, animal shelters, grooming facilities, boarding kennels, dog parks and dog shows, especially when those areas are not kept clean.

Most canine URT infections are preventable with proper use of vaccines and appropriate sanitation and quarantine measures. Companion dogs with strong immune systems that are supported by good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle and proper environmental hygiene can usually overcome the adverse effects of URT ailments without prolonged treatment. Because these infections are perpetuated by the shedding of pathogens in respiratory secretions, it is important to practice cleanliness and good hygiene in areas where dogs congregate in close quarters. Dogs with URT infections should be isolated from other dogs until their infection has resolved.
Elaine Vellianitis Profile
Green Mucous coming out of the nose, can be one of three things. Upper Respiratory Infection, Kennel Cough or Allergies. Please take your dog to the vet ASAP and get the dog on Antibiotics. A vet is the only one who can help your dog! Don't let this go, because it can become very serious, if you let it go too long and it will be harder to treat.It is very uncomfortable for your dog! This will Not go away by itself.The sooner you take your dog to the vet the better!R.I.P. My Sweet Baby Gigi, In The Arms Of The Angels!
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Littlegoldfish answered
It could be a Respiratory infection, Kennel cough, or plain old allergies, in any case you do not want to "watch it for a while" You want to get the puppy to the vet ASAP and have it taken care of. Green snot could lead to a serious infection.  Green mucus means infection just like when a person has green mucus commimg out of their nose, it's usally an infection.
Elaine Vellianitis Profile
Sounds like a possible Respiratory Infection! The only thing that will get rid of that, is Antibiotics that only a vet can prescribe. Please take your dog to the vet and get it properly diagnosed and treated.
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Anonymous answered

This was happening with my 8 week old lab as well. He has a greenish yellow snot that kept running really bad and sneezing and coughing as well. 

Along with diarrhea. We took him to the vet today, and they gave him a shot of long lasting antibiotics. 

They said it may be pneumonia (starting from kennel cough) or something called distemper. Which id fatal to dogs, but I guess it is pretty rare. Either way, I suggest you take your dog to the vet ASAP because you don't want to take any chances with your pet.

Jenna Mitchell Profile
Jenna Mitchell answered
I'd say just watch it and try keeping the puppy inside for awhile,give it enough of water and food! My puppy had green snot to!!I did that and it got better in a couple of days!!!
Julia Profile
Julia answered
Also watch him for worsening symptoms. Many rescued dogs/puppies come home with kennel cough which require antibiotics.
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Anonymous answered
Sounds like your puppy may have a cold. They can catch them from you. It's possible he may be allergic too. Was he like that when you rescued him? Just feed him well, keep him warm, and lots of love. He'll be fine.

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