Yesterday Wynston was diagnosed with a corneal ulcer (ulcerative keratitis – a medical condition in which the cornea becomes inflamed) in his right eye. In this post I’ll recap what lead up to the diagnosis, how Wynston is handling it, and what our medical treatment plan is moving forward.
Ever since Wynston was about 6 months old, he’s had an issue with coughing. At first, the vet thought perhaps it was just due to getting acclimated to the air outside of the puppy mill. As time went on, the vet thought maybe he had a collapsed trachea, as it’s common in small breed dogs. Well, Wynston’s coughing got progressively worse as time passed. The episodes of honking and coughing went from once a week, to multiple times a day over three years. Thankfully I’ve come up with a home remedy to treat tracheal collapse in dogs, and now his episodes are rare.
There’s a lot of confusion among pet parents as to what makes a dog a “senior.” The discrepancies come from a variety of factors – age, breed, overall health and lifestyle. I personally believe that every single dog becomes a senior at a different time in their life, just like people do. But how do you know when your dog is a senior? I’ve come up with a list of signs to look for your in precious pup, and I also have suggestions for helping your aging companion.
When you get to know your dog’s normal body shape, movements and behaviors, you can easily notice when there may be something wrong. Finding an abnormal spot on your dog’s skin or feeling a lump beneath the surface can quickly be examined and treated effectively when discovered sooner rather than later.
If you ever cuddle with your dog, whether it’s in bed or relaxing on the couch, there are several simple health checks you can perform on your dog in the process. Your furry friend will just think you’re petting them and giving them love, but at the same time you’re checking for changes and abnormalities. In this post, I’ll share the health checks I perform on Wynston on a routine basis so he stays as healthy as possible.
The problem many dog owners know: ugly reddish-brown spots under the eyes of your pup. They are particularly visible in dogs with a light coat. These so-called tear stains not only disturb the aesthetic overall impression, but can also point to health problems. In this article, you will find answers to the following two questions: What causes tear stains in the dog, and how can I naturally remove my dog’s tear stains?