Whether you’re concerned, or just curious, read on for some possible reasons why your pet might sneeze:
A simple, benign tickle This may be the most obvious cause of sneezing. A simple tickle in the pet’s nose, such as a bit of dust or a mild chemical irritant, can cause a reflexive sneeze. Please think of the animated pet that sneezes when he inhales a bit of pepper. This kind of sneezing is not unlike scratching a tickle or an itch.
Respiratory infections Another common cause of sneezing is associated with a respiratory infection, most often a viral infection. That’s right, our feline friends can get colds too.
- Herpes virus
- Chlamydia infections
- Bacterial infections such as Mycoplasma
Less commonly seen fungal infections can also cause sinus disease that results in nasal inflammation. Viral respiratory infections may be accompanied by a cough and even more commonly by excessive tearing or discharge accumulating in the eyes.