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Frequently Asked Questions

My dog is sneezing and/or has runny eyes/nose. What's going on?

When it comes to health and safety for your new dog/puppy there are a few things to keep in mind, especially since your new pet has come from an animal shelter. All of our dogs/puppies have been exposed to Kennel Cough. Think of the shelter environment like a kindergarten class. When one child comes to class sick, all the kids in the class will have been exposed, but not all of them will get sick.

While the dogs/puppies may show no signs of illness while here at The NOAH Center, it is not uncommon for them to become symptomatic from the stress of having their spay/neuter surgeries and/or entering a new home environment.

Common symptoms include sneezing and clear discharge from their eyes or nose.

While healthy, adjusted dogs/puppies overcome their “colds” quickly without treatment, shelter pets can take a little longer due to the extra stresses they’ve had in their lives.

Please watch your new friend closely for signs they need to be seen by a veterinarian:

  • labored breathing
  • lethargy
  • lack of appetite
  • discharge turning yellow or green

These are signs that your dog may have developed a secondary infection and may require antibiotics prescribed by your veterinarian.

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