Help! My dog was bitten on the nose!
(Q) Louis, our Standard Poodle, was attacked by another dog, who grabbed his nose and held it in his teeth for three minutes. Apart from a little blood on Louis’s nose we could find no permanent damage. He now has a runny nose in one nostril fairly regularly and is prone to bouts of sneezing. He did not have these problems prior to the encounter with the other dog. Can you advise whether anything can be done to relieve his symptoms?
(A) Vet Roberta Baxter says: It does sound odd that Louis has developed some nasal discharge and sneezing after being bitten on the nose by another dog. It may be that the injury caused some inflammation, scarring, or some minor nerve damage that resulted in an increase in nasal discharge. It is also possible that a small foreign body, such as a chip of tooth or something similar, has been left in the wound, causing inflammation.
The nasal discharge is not bloody or pussy, which suggests there is no residual infection.
It is possible that these symptoms may settle down over time; a course of anti-inflammatory medication might settle them down sooner and more completely, so this is worth discussing with your vet.
Should the symptoms continue or worsen, further investigation of the nasal cavity under anaesthesia, including X-rays and possibly endoscopy, might prove necessary.