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An_221369 posted:
I have two setters with clear nasal discharge and excessive drooling. One dog is 7 years old and the other 11 y/o. It started with excess drooling back in November and is not always constant but begins as soon as we go outside. It occasionally occurs inside as well. The past month or so the dogs have been having a clear coloured nasal discharge as well. I have had the dogs to the vet but she doesn't have any idea as to the cause. Worse still is I now have an 9 week old english setter and he is now occasionally showing the discharge himself
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Will Draper, DVM responded:
Anon-182739: I've seen this before...more that once. It is generally due to some scent the dog is smelling somewhere in the environment. It can be another dog's urine, another dog, a particular plant or tree...many different things. Once they pick up the scent (or odor), it stimulates hypersalivation (excessive drooling)...which can be expressed as clear nasal discharge in some cases as well. Particularly with all 3 dogs showing the same symptoms, I'd think this is very likely. If it is the case, it's not anything to be overly concerned about- but I would suggest researching your environment and see if there are an recent changes (new landscaping, new pets, etc.) that might be causing this. Best of luck!
Dr. Will
 
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telsi replied to Will Draper, DVM's response:
Thanks The discharge is running clear and not purulent, however Sam on occasion gags because of it. Like post nasal drip or something. So you don't think it is viral or bacterial. CBC count is normal

Dan
 
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telsi replied to telsi's response:
Dr Draper, my vet suggested the same but the amount of nasal discharge is fairly large. That first post was mine by the way

regard Dan
 
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Will Draper, DVM replied to telsi's response:
Dan- thanks for clearing that up. If the CBC is completely normal, it is probably not bacterial. I'd not jump on it being viral, since all dogs are experiencing it. It sounds very much environmental to me...possibly some sort of hypersensitivity. Have you tried antihistamines at all? I'd talk with your vet about a safe dose of, say, Benadryl, and see if it helps. Benadryl is pretty benign and even if it doesn't work, won't hurt the dogs.
Dr. Will
 
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telsi replied to Will Draper, DVM's response:
Thank you Dr Will,for taking the time to help people with the problems people are having with their animals. I want you to know that help is much appreciated in my case

Dan


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