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PostHeaderIcon When you think it’s over for your pet and it’s not |Coughing at its worst.

If you’ve read my other posts you know my dog Precious died of congestive heart failure. Now just two years later my Pomeranian Bria has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and collapsing trachea. I believe she has been doing fine with her meds for congestive heart failure and barely had any issues with her collapsing trachea at all. That was until last week.

She started coughing a lot. Day one I took her to the vet, not her regular one naturally it was the weekend and she suggested I do blood work and ex-rays. I just recently had this done so I thought what was the point I already know what she has and I was told her time is limited. So after reviewing her meds they suggested I increase her Lasix to twice a day. I should have figured that out by myself.

Since that didn’t help day two I took her back to my regular vet. He gave her a shot of predisone and felt that this would do the job.  It really had no effect on her constant coughing.

Day 3 I couldn’t stop crying I was convinced it was time to put her down. Thankfully he said he wasn’t ready to give up on her yet. This time he sent me home with Predisone pills. He also wrote me another prescription for hydrocodone which always worked before.

That night was the absolute worse night. She coughed for 45 minutes straight and would fall asleep for about an hour and start coughing again. Even though he checked her temperature originally and ruled out any infection I couldn’t stop wondering if she possibly had some bronchial infection.

I couldn’t sleep that night so I started researching online. There should be something that can help her. I think vets usually get great results by using the same products it’s hard to think out of the box.

When I returned for the fourth day he suggested another X-ray which I agreed to this time. Maybe there was something new we could discover.  After that was no use I asked him about the drug tor Trobutrol. This is a serious drug but I read it worked for other dogs collapsing trachea coughing. After consulting his book on drugs he gave her an injection. In no time she was relaxed and stopped coughing. But in case it was an infection like kennel cough I convinced my Vet to give her antibiotics also.

He asked me if I could give injections. I gave insulin before to dogs I had pet sit for so I thought I’d give it a try. What choice did I have? He said it came in pills but he would have to order them and it would be a couple of days.

I was going to be giving a shot twice a day. If you’ve ever given injections you know your suppose to pinch the skin up into a tent and give it there avoiding your fingers. She just happens to be a little overweight so that tent wasn’t very big. I was a nervous wreck but I managed. I did eventually get the pills and give her which is much easier.

I’ve been able to reduce her pills to just one every 24 or 36 hours depending how she does. The moral of my story do your own research they don’t always have all of the answers.

It’s been months since she had this episode of coughing now with a complete recovery. I ask myself all the time what if I hadn’t suggested that drug Torbutrol would I have put her down to save her the misery of what she was going through. A scary thought but I guess we must always look for answers ourselves when nothing else is working.

 

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PostHeaderIcon A Dog’s Devotion

I’m compelled today to share not any great wisdom but my dogs love for my grandson.

Ever since my son brought Ryan home from the hospital 6 years ago my Pomeranian Megan would want to sit by his carrier. Of course that made my overprotective son crazy.

Through the years I could see the bond grow stronger. When he came over my other 2 dogs were excited to see him but Megan would follow him around like that was her purpose in life.

Megan like many dogs would like to wonder around our yard and pretend not to hear me calling her into the house, but I learned quickly that all I would have to say is ” Ryan’s here” and she would come running. It wouldn’t matter how many times I may have said it in the past and it wasn’t true there could always be a chance he was really there.

I would always tell Ryan that perhaps Megan was there in heaven with you before you were born that must be why she doesn’t want to leave your side now. She is afraid of being separated again.

Anyway last night Ryan spent the night as he frequently does. I woke up before he had to get up for school and was doing the things I normally do every morning when my husband said shouldn’t you wake Ryan up now for school. I said ok and called Megan and put her on the other side of the gate I put up. She looked at me for a second and I only said “Go on” and she ran upstairs to Ryan’s room and started whining until he woke up.

My husband was amazed and said   ” You’ve got to be kidding”. I told him that was why the gate was there in the first place because I knew she would run up there right away to wake him.

Her devotion seems unending. It’s something that can’t be taught it’s either there or not. While I am sometimes jealous of the bond they have I’m glad it’s there.

If you have a story of devotion with your dog I would love to hear it. Thanks in advance for sharing.

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PostHeaderIcon When A Runny Nose And Sneezing Is Not Allergies In Your Dog.

For years now I’ve been asking every vet I’ve been to for something I can give my dog for congestion and runny nose. They all prescribe antibiotics that eventually work but in the mean time my Pomeranian would not be able to sleep. She  would constantly sit up after laying down for a few minutes. She just couldn’t breathe. Have you ever tried to sleep with a runny and stuffed up nose?

It seems she had an infection of pasturella and strep which caused her sneezing and runny nose. This wasn’t an easy diagnosis to arrive with. The first couple of visits to a vet told me she just had a cold or allergies give her Benadryl. When that didn’t work I went back to a different vet and it was then he did a culture of the excess mucus coming from her nose.

Finally we had a diagnosis that was easily cured with antibiotics. The problem she has is this condition keeps recurring for some unknown reason in the past several years. By the time antibiotics start to work you have lost several days of sleep. Of course she sleeps with me and she takes her paw and scratches at my arm to let me know she is miserable.

One day I thought I would call a naturalpathic vet whom I knew but didn’t go there because it was an hour drive away and asked him “Isn’t there something I can give my Pomeranian  when she gets this and can’t breathe. I was shocked when he told me Robitussin DM. You can buy it over the counter. I couldn’t believe it didn’t any other vet I’ve been to know of this?

I’ll admit I was scared to give it to her but we were both desperate for relief. She slept so good for about 3 1/2 hours. After another dose in another hour the antibiotics started working and she was better. Now whenever she gets this recurring infection I give her this.

So recently I seen this board that had Robitussin DM on it as one of the safe products over the counter to give pets. I hope any pet parents seeing this board will now know it is ok to give this product  to their pets. Make sure it’s the right Robitussin. It has only two ingredients and says cough and mucus on the box.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Allergies Or Black Spot Disease In Dogs

Recently my Pomeranian Bria for the second time in her life has developed what looks like black spot disease. She is starting to lose her fur and the skin is turning black. Last year’s episode  started with extreme itching and her skin was a bright pink. I thought it was an allergic  reaction to the chlorine in our pool.

She could not even walk a straight line because she was trying to scratch herself constantly. She loved to go swimming and my friend thought she was having a seizure because she was trying to scratch herself while she dog paddled.

I read that low thyroid can be a contributing factor in black spot disease so even though she tested normal the vet decided to try her on thyroid hormones. This was after steroids and other products failed to help her problem. Amazingly she got better with time.

Then in July of this year she again developed black spot disease.  Her skin was extremely pink and it was turning black.
While we were there he did a skin scraping to see if she had mites or demodectic mange like my Precious had 2 years ago. Thank goodness that was negative.

Right away she was started on predisone (steroids) and simplex. She seemed to get better but when the medication ran out her skin got worse. She then started loosing her hair.

I decided to search for information on the problem and read the following statement on a popular vet’s website.

This is what it said “Alopecia X (black spot disease) does not appear to affect a dog’s health. It seems to be a purely cosmetic issue for owners of affected animals, and benign neglect is often the recommended “treatment” of choice. ”

You got to be kidding right? This only tells me they have no idea how it is caused or how to cure it. So I decided if they couldn’t fix it I would look for some natural products to help it.

After more research  I came across an article that the disease can start out as black dots usually on the belly or genitals. These spots are an early indicator of a very serious attack on your dog by some infecting agent, whether it’s a fungus (or yeast), bacterium, or follicular mite. It doesn’t go away or get better  and is usually accompanied by mild, occasional itching. A single flea bite can give rise to this situation, that nasty flea injecting who knows what kind of pathogen just under your pets skin.

This suddenly started making sense to me why she developed it now.  Her skin on her stomach and back legs were the only area that was black. She loves to swim and when she get out I only dry her a little and she usually is wet underneath for hours. Her long hair keeps water trapped next to her skin and I feel for her it has to have been caused by an allergy to chlorine or the fact that she would be wet for hours with that chlorine water next to her skin.

The website suggested a 3 part process to cure the black spot disease. First you bathe your dog. You can use Peppermint Tea Tree Oil Shampoo 12 fl oz Liquid Allergies Or Black Spot Disease In Dogs or if you don’t want to spend the money at first just some regular shampoo for dogs then after that you are to  put DERMagic Skin Rescue Lotion, 4 fl.oz. Allergies Or Black Spot Disease In Dogs  on her. I put a little t-shirt on her to keep her from licking it and keeping it on the skin and not my couch. When it  dries a little I just take her shirt back off. I found a toddlers shirt my grandson outgrew fit her good.

Then as the skin heals and fur begins to grow back,  apply DerMagic Cell Restoration Creme Allergies Or Black Spot Disease In Dogs needed to soften and protect new skin, to complete the healing process and to combat dry, flaky skin.

It has only been 3 days and I can see a real improvement her skin is no longer bright red. I think this is going to work. Thank goodness who would want to go around with  large bald spots even if you’re a dog?

I know if your dog has started to lose his fur because of black spot disease or Alopecia X dermagic is a product that can help. Please share with us what worked for you.

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PostHeaderIcon Collapsing trachea | what can be done to help your dog

Several years ago I wrote about my experience with my Pomeranian Precious and congestive heart failure. I never realized how many dog owners would share their stories with me.  After putting her down after her long struggle with CHF, I eventually decided I needed to get another Pomeranian.

I wanted a  dog closer in age to my other Pomeranians so I rescued a 6 year old Pomeranian who was supposedly a stray. Since she was a stray she didn’t have a name so I couldn’t help but name her Precious also. This can be annoying to some people because when I talk about my last dog I have to say Precious#1 as to not confuse her with my current Precious.

So when my new Precious developed a cough it really scared me. I thought please I don’t want to go through that so soon again. I can’t believe how grateful I was when my vet told me her heart was fine she just has the beginning symptoms of collapsing trachea.

Actually when I went home I realized this condition is not going to be any picnic either. As a pet sitter for the last 12 years I cared for a few dogs who had collapsing trachea. There was one Yorkies who I really loved whom I had the honor of pet sitting for several years who eventually just got so bad not even the surgery helped him recover.

The first year I had Precious her collapsing trachea wasn’t much of a problem but then she developed an upper respiratory infection with a runny nose and nasal congestion. This was an experience that could fill another post. When she finally recovered from this she wouldn’t stop coughing. Before she would only cough when she got excited now she coughed day and night. In the beginning the only thing to do is address the cough with cough suppressants like hydrocodone. My vet gave her that and finally we both got some sleep.

I started to do some researching about collapsing trachea online and discovered some interesting facts. The sites mentioned that before  the diagnosis of a “collapsed trachea” in most instances there will have been chronic coughing for years prior to the diagnosis.  Because of this constant assault on the trachea these tissues are weakened resulting in the severe collapsing trachea. The trachea never has a chance to become stronger.  I wondered could barking extensively also cause this problem. Precious would also go crazy barking in the morning and every time I asked her if she wanted to go out. I suddenly felt like this was something I could no longer let her do. Easier said than done but I decided to try.  Could that be why mostly small breeds like Yorkies, Pomeranians, Poodles develop collapsing trachea because they are such good yappers? Have I made her prognosis worse because I have failed to correct this behavior?

I’ve tried to eliminate her constant barking and have noticed her coughing does get worse when she gets that excited. For now she is on hydrocodone twice a day and we are dealing with it. I have noticed sometime when she starts coughing in the middle of the night I will gently rub her tummy and she will eventually stop. I guess I’ll have more to say as this condition progresses. I can only pray it won’t be as bad as congestive heart failure with Precious #1 was.

Any comments on how any dog lovers coped with it or things you may of done to help your dog’s collapsing trachea will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

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