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Believe it or not, asthma is not a condition reserved for humans alone. Often referred to as dyspnea or allergic bronchitis, one percent of dogs are reported to have this ailment, but the actual amount of sufferers is estimated to be much higher as this condition often goes overlooked by owners and medical professionals alike. After all, it is hard to diagnose (the patient can’t elaborate on the details after all), and is frequently mistaken for other issues like heartworm disease.
As a concerned pet owner, what should you look for? The symptoms your dog experiences is not too unlike what you, yourself would experience. He will cough and wheeze, and may even experience shortness of breath. During extreme bouts, your canine friend may have spasms and constrictions in his upper airways, at which you should seek immediately medical attention. What causes such symptoms? The surrounding environment may be the guilty culprit. Allergens like plants, pesticides and pollution may irritate your dog’s inhalation outside and, when inside, common causes are cigarette smoke, carpet deodorizers and different cleaning products. Yes, eliminating specific factors may help, but pinpointing the exact cause can be extremely difficult and protecting your companion with relieving measures is a must. After all, there is no cure or permanent removal for allergic canine bronchitis.
While dogs of all ages and sizes can experience this condition, most animals develop this disorder in their youth or middle-age. Smaller breeds have an increased likelihood of being sensitive to allergens, partly due to their elevated heart rate and rapid breaths. Who among us hasn’t seen a toy dog gasping with its mouth open as it excitedly wheezes for breath?
If you suspect your dog may be experiencing allergic bronchitis, a trip to the veterinarian should happen at once. If it goes untreated for too long, the consequences can be severe if not fatal. After all, oxygen helps your beloved friend’s organs continue to function. So give your canine the easy breathing he deserves and yourself some peace of mind and, if you have your uncertainties, have your dog checked out for this often overlooked ailment.
Have you used Flovent or the AeroDawg with your pet? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section below.
Many customers have called lately asking for generic Adequan Canine Injectable. While Chondroprotec in not proven as a generic bioequivalent of Adequan, your dog’s veterinarian may prescribe Chondroprotec for extra-label use. Extra-label use of prescription drugs by veterinarians is a very common and acceptable practice in many situations.
Has your veterinarian prescribed Chondroprotec? What successes has your dog experienced. Let us know in the comments section below.
The breed of our furry friends influences more than their mere appearance, as personalities, health and grooming needs can greatly vary among different kinds of cats and dogs. So, before you pick out your soul mate, do a bit of research into the breed that best fits your lifestyle. Are you looking for a four-footed companion who is affectionate and playful, or an animal that is intelligent and independent? Below, we celebrate two delightful breeds that are unique and undoubtedly adorable!
Scottish Fold Cat
Like many pure breeds, the Scottish Fold cat has a distinctive appearance, as it is one of the few feline breeds that have ears that don’t stand up straight, hence the name. Their ears actually fold forward, giving their face and adorable and unique rounded appearance. Of course, their looks aren’t nearly as important as their temperament, which is a winning one.
According to the experts, Scottish Folds are affectionate, introverted, intelligent, loyal animals. They tend to form extremely close bonds with their owners and are not nearly as independent or aloof as some other feline breeds. In spite of this fact, they generally do not require excessive amounts of attention. Scottish Folds can be left alone for hours even days and they won’t act out. They are perfectly content being on their own. Because of their playful nature and intense loyalty to their owners, there are few feline breeds that make better family pets. They even enjoy a nice game of fetch every now and then!
Known as a hardy breed with a life expectancy of 15 years, the Scottish Fold can have serious health problems. This generally happens when both parents contribute the “folded ear” gene. In this instance, the kitten may develop a genetic disorder called osteodystrophy, which is a lot like osteoarthritis and can cause serious deformities of the leg, tail, and back bones. The good news is that the vast majority of these attractive cats are properly breed and do not suffer from these debilitating and chronic maladies. The Scottish Fold is a shorthaired cat with a dense coat, which means it requires minimal grooming. At most, you should use a steel comb to remove loose hair, dirt, and debris about once a week. Because they enjoy the company of their owners, grooming these cats is often a breeze.
Scottish Terrier dog
One of the most popular and sought-after of the small breed dogs, Scottish Terriers are spunky, intelligent, and intensely loyal pets. They are also adorable and have an above average life expectancy of around 13 years.
The Scottish Terrier has a great, spunky personality, but it can also be moody and difficult to train. These pooches also tend to be quite vocal, which makes them good watchdogs, but may also cause sleepless nights for their owners. They also have a penchant for digging holes and chasing things, which means that you must always keep an eye on them. At the end of the day, the average Scottish Terrier is a high-maintenance pet, though who could stay mad for long when looking at that adorable face?
Like many pure breeds, Scotties are susceptible to a number of chronic diseases, including Scottie Cramp (a digestive disorder), Cushing’s syndrome, flea allergy, jaw problems, and liver disease. The good news is that each of the aforementioned illnesses are quite rare and can often be successfully treated. Scotties have dense, wiry outer coats that require regular grooming, especially if they are allowed outside. Grass, dirt, wood chips, and other debris can and often does get trapped in their thick coats and cannot be removed without brushing. Most owners use a steel comb to remove this debris a couple of times each week.
If there was ever a canine politician, it would probably be a Scottish Terrier. Did you know that Scotties have held the illustrious title of “First Dog” two times? One of the greatest presidents in American history, Franklin D. Roosevelt, adored his Scottie, Fala, so much so that he was buried beside him. Probably the most famous presidential pet, Fala was frequently photographed by the press and became an important part of FDR’s public image. There are even two statues of the famous canine, one in Washington D.C. and the other in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Former President George W. Bush also owns two Scotties that are often seen by his side.
So tell us readers, would you ever consider a Scottish Fold Cat or a Scottish Terrier?
The VetRxDirect Blog is excited to welcome two new writers, Ashley and Marlene. Both are passionate and experienced pet-owners who will be contributing their personal insights. So, without further ado, we’ll hand over the reins!
My name is Ashley Davidson. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician and graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College in St. Louis, Missouri. I consider myself a Pet Lifestyle Expert specializing in the art of canine-to-English translation. I have been a part of animal rescue for over ten years and have worked in the largest no-kill shelter in St. Louis.
I feel you live a better life with a smile on your face. My dogs give me a reason to smile every day. I am devoted to animal health, rescue and welfare and have a passion for ending breed discrimination. I strongly believe second-class animals make first class pets. With the help of my two rescue dogs, Kiki and Gumper, I will open your eyes to the beauty of animal adoption. My dogs have given me joy since they came into my home and my heart. It is my turn to return the favor.
All in all, with humor and love I will use my expertise to strengthen the bond between human and animal, and educate readers on how you too can make a difference. If one mind is changed, one animal helped, or one person can relate to my shared experiences with my pets, I will deem myself successful. Woof, enjoy!
Greetings Vet RX Blog Readers,
My name is Marlene, and I am part-time mature student working towards getting my getting my BA (Major- Art History) at the University of Toronto. Using my previous experience as a RN, I presently work as a freelance medical writer contributing content to many health-related websites in both Canada and the United States. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, gardening, traveling and volunteering at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in downtown Toronto.
My husband and I have been loving cat owners for close to 35 years. Misty, a 13 year old female grey tabby, is our current cat. We rescued her, along with her twin sister, from a local animal shelter when they were only 8 weeks old. Sadly, Smokey passed away from kidney failure almost 4 years ago. Since then, Misty has become even more affectionate and loving, giving us a great deal of pleasure.
Please help us welcome Ashley and Marlene to the VetRxDirect family. Feel free to leave and questions or comments below.