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Sneezing Dogs
Dr. Nancy Kay/Spot Speaks

Sneezing dog always concerns me. I don't mean situation such as Cookie sneezing after she inhaled half of a groundhog hole. She sticks her head right into the dirt and you can hear her snorting - I have no idea how she can actually inhale anything other than dirt down there ... After she pulls her head out of there she might sneeze a few times. A few sneezes every now and then won't concern me.

If my dog's sneezing got more consistent and lasting, though, I would be on my way to a vet. Why?

Dogs normally don't sneeze from allergies. In dogs allergies manifest in the skin rather than the nose. There are, however, some scary things that can cause persistent sneezing. Foreign bodies (such as foxtails), nasal tumors or fungal infections.

When your dog sneezes a lot, don't think allergies, think a vet visit.

7 Common Bug Bites on Dogs and Cats
Dr. Patrick Mahaney, petMD

Spring hasn't really started out there yet, but some bugs are already out. Last year the bug season was unreal. Black flies, mosquitoes, deer flies - there were days the air was thick as a soup. Our guys never had real issues with bug bites other than the whole situation being irritating both physically and psychologically. JD in particular really gets nuts over them. I think the bugs know it and therefore find JD more fun to bug.

At the end of last summer Cookie got a hornet sting but it remained under control and all was fine the next day. When a bump suddenly sprung out on Cookie's belly, at first I was really hoping it was a bug bite of some kind. Particularly since it really just "popped up over night" kind of thing.

When I examined it closer I didn't really think so any more by was keeping my hopes up until the next day. No such luck, though. (More on Cookie's bump later this week)

Ant bites. Photo petMD

Would you recognize which bug(s) feasted on your dog just by appearance? Check out petMD's great slideshow showing how each of the different bug bites might look like.

What Are the Signs Your Pet Has Suffered Toxic Exposure?
Dr. Patrick Mahaney/The Honest Kitchen

Knowing when your dog might have ingested something poisonous is one of the most important things you can do for them. I believe that when you're dog looks or acts really ill, see a vet right away. Knowing what happened isn't half as important than knowing when to drop everything and be on your vet to a vet hospital.

As far as toxic exposure goes, symptoms include many different things from drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, to sneezing, pacing, crying, panting or strange behavior. It can get as serious as a collapse, coma and death.

Lethargy is an important sign to never ignore.

Bottom line is that if your dog looks very sick, they most likely are and time can be of the essence. So don't wait and see a vet.