Last week Galtee started sneezing and coughing. I called the veterinarian to report his symptoms. The office staff person told me that Galtee probably had Kennel cough. She asked me to bring him in at 3pm and to knock at the window when I arrived so they could let me in through a side door. She advised me that Kennel cough is contagious and that Galtee was to avoid other dogs until cleared by the veterinarian. Galtee sneezed and gagged a few more times that morning; he had no other signs or symptoms of Kennel cough. I went online to do research on Kennel cough and find dog remedies. I wrote a list of questions for the veterinarian. When we arrived we were ushered in a side door. Galtee hadn’t coughed or sneezed for 2 hours and didn’t do it in the presence of the veterinarian. The veterinarian said Galtee’s r symptoms might be an irritant in his throat oa mild form of Kennel cough. He asked me if Galtee had been eating grass; he had. The veterinarian related a story of a dog remedy the previous week where he had removed a long blade of grass from the throat of a dog with the same symptoms as Galtee. As he couldn’t completely rule out Kennel cough, the dog remedy was to treat Kennel cough with 14 days of Doxycycline. He said if Galtee was still coughing and sneezing in two days the dog remedy would be a general anesthetic to explore his throat and nasal passages. That night Galtee generated the best remedy–a gigantic sneeze–covering my face and hair. Whatever was lodged in his throat was instantly dispatched.
I had to continue with Doxycycline for seven days. The antibiotic cost me $148 at Costco. As Galtee has VPI insurance the insurance should pay most of the medicine. The office visit cost $53…$50 for the deductible. That was an expensive “blade of grass.”
Galtee has been scratching his chin for 2 days. Our pollen count is the highest it has been all year; the Santa Ana winds are blowing, and Galtee has been rubbing his nose in the grass. I am also considering that the itching might be due to his new toothpaste. The Enzadent company has discontinued the brand, and the only available malt flavor (Galtee won’t accept poultry or beef flavor) is CET toothpaste. As I wash his mouth and chin after each teeth brushing, I doubt that the problem is his toothpaste. This morning there was a streak of blood on the couch, and when I washed his chin with a wet paper towel there were drops of blood on the towel and on my hand. The dog remedy I used was to apply aloe vera gel to the bloody area and put his shoes on to reduce the scratching damage to his face. Another dog remedy for bloody skin is to apply milk to the area. Luckily, the bleeding stopped quickly. I will keep his shoes on today except on his walks. If he starts scratching again I will give him Benadryl as another dog remedy.
Towards the end of our hike with our “Hiking with Dogs” group in Wildwood last Saturday, we heard a dog squealing and howling in the hills and someone yelling. The scene was too far away to see what was happening. As we approached the parking lot, a man came running down one of the side trails carrying a white poodle tummy up. The dog had run into a cacti patch and the lower half of his body was covered in spines. About 2 years ago Galtee only brushed against a cactus in Wildwood, and for the next 2 days I kept removing cacti spines from the left side of his body. It was difficult to feel them, and to see them because Galtee is black. The dog remedy to remove cacti spines might be to take the dog to the vet or try to remove them yourself. If you have any doubt about spines under the skin, please take your the dog to the veterinarian ASAP. Cacti spines can travel under the skin and puncture internal organs. The best way to avoid the problem is to keep the dog on a short leash around cacti plants, and never let your dog off leash on the hiking trails. I hope that poodle recovered quickly.
On Saturday we went to the Pet Expo in long Beach. There were so many great looking dog visitors, and so many great looking dogs for adoption. We met Shorty Rossi of “Pit Boss”…the popular pit-bull rescue show. We saw dog-candies in a box that looked like “See’s Candies”, made with peanuts and carob–might be an interesting gift idea, and as Galtee refused to try one, I brought one home to dissect. We also met Terri Steuben, “The Pet Whisperer.” She said that “all animals are telepathic” and see our thoughts first; therefore, it is important that our verbal commands match our mental pictures. If our mental pictures don’t match our commands, our pets become confused. She gave an example of not wanting a dog to jump on a visitor, yet our mental picture is of the dog jumping on the visitor. She advised saying something like “all feet on the floor” and holding the mental picture of the dog with his feet on the floor. She said this behavioral dog remedy will require some practice at first; the practice will result in harmony for everyone. I plan to try it immediately; I bought her book “The Pet Whisperer.” When I got home I sliced the peanut and carob candy…it looked like sawdust inside and had no flavorful smell. Galtee refused to try it again. I’ll stick to our healthy recipes on Dogs Blog 2!
At Costco yesterday, I was picking up a bag of dental Checkups for Galtee. A lady next to me was looking at the Bully Sticks bag, and she asked me if I knew if they were safe to handle. We both checked the bag and saw “Made in the USA.” I assumed they were safe to handle (they were not made in China); I told her I would not spend my money on any dog food I thought was not safe to bring into the house. I give only human-grade food to Galtee. And as so called “dog food” is not much cheaper than good human-grade food. The remedy is to give your dog safe and healthy food!
HARTZ OINKIES RECALL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 25, 2013 – The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily withdrawing its Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists wrapped with Chicken for dogs in the United States because they contain trace amounts of unapproved antibiotic residue.
Galtee has just started watching Dog Tv. His ears are getting a lot of exercise! Great dog sounds and dog activities. Scenes with dogs swimming, running, walking, playing and tugging at toys. There are also scenes with wild animals and people. The background music is soooo soothing. He loves it for now. It’s computer live-streaming and I hook it up to a large screen tv. It costs $9.99 a month. A remedy for dog boredom. Click on Links to access the DogTv website.
Do You Have Pet Health Insurance?
The best remedy for help with dog health insurance costs is to have pet health insurance. Galtee has always had VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance). He has been lucky as he has had to use it only a few times for minor injuries, and a bad bite from another dog. It costs $40 a month, and there is a $50 deductible for each new occurrence visit. VPI pays 70% of the approved visit costs. Pet health insurance would be really needed if our pets were unlucky enough to have an accident or major illness. Pet health insurance is the remedy for costs with unforeseen health problems or accidents.