Thursday, November 7, 2013
I'm sure there is an official term for it, but do any of your pugs suffer from "dry nose"? Henry's nose gets very dry on the very tip and if it get dry enough it will actually flake off. Luna's nose is sorta the same way, but not as bad as Henry's.
Luckily, just a little bit of Vaseline for a few days, clears things right up.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
I shared last week that Benny was feeling better, but now we have confirmation from the vet. On Friday, Benny went to the specialist for a recheck. They did another set of chest x-rays to make sure his pneumonia was gone. We were very relieved that the latest round of x-rays showed that Benny had gotten rid of that pesky pneumonia. Way to be Baby Benny!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Benjamin also suffers from trachea issues and has a nice goose honk cough. However, last week, Benny's goose honk cough took a turn for the worse and got very wet sounding. It also became much more chronic. Benny also became very lethargic. With his normal cough, Benny still goes on about his business, coughing all the way. With this new sounding cough, Benny was wiped out!
Knowing this was an upper respiratory issue, we skipped our regular vet and headed straight to the specialist. After waiting for chest x-rays we had our diagnosis - pneumonia.
Benny has been on antibiotics for a few days new and he is getting back to his normal goose honking self. I'm hoping we can totally kick the pneumonia so this condition does not keep recurring.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Unfortunately, the extra dose of doxycycline has not helped Luna's cough. Feeling stumped and not know what to do next, we brought Luna back to the specialist to see if they could help us figure out how to give Luna some relief.
With the cough, a concern is always pneumonia or some other sort of chest infection, so we had more chest x-rays done. The x-rays looked good and showed no real changes since the last set of chest x-rays. While this is good, it wasn't very helpful in figuring out what is going on.
Thankfully, Dr. Moore, the specialist treating Luna, took the time to sit and chat with us and review Luna's chart and notes. After discussing things, we decided to try a different antibiotic. Fingers crossed that we will see some improvements in the next few days.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Luna has been taking her inhaler for a few weeks now and sadly we aren't seeing as great of results as we first were. The first week Luna was on her inhaler she was like a completely different pug. She rarely coughed. However, once we started to taper her off the prednisone, her cough came back with a vengeance. We contacted the vet and decided it was best to step her back up to her usual dose of prednisone. However, this didn't provide much relief. Her cough was pretty much as bad as ever. We got back in touch with the vet late last week and decided to put Luna back on her antibiotics. We think that she might have an upper respiratory infection that is negating the inhaler.
Fingers crossed that the antibiotics will work and that Luna can get back to rarely coughing when we first started the inhaler.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
It is super hot in FL, but that doesn't stop Henry from getting his daily dose of Vitamin D. When I took this shot, Benjamin and Luna were waiting by the door to go back inside and enjoy the conditioned air and Henry was begging for 5 more minutes of sun time.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
We started Luna on her FlowVent inhaler a little over a week ago. I was very anxious to start Luna on the inhaler because I was curious if it was going to help her cough. We have gotten to a point that none of the other medicine was working, so we had a lot of eggs in the inhaler basket.
We gave Luna her first puff of the inhaler at night so we could be around to see if she experienced any negative side effects. After her first dose, the rest of the night went awesome! Luna's cough was significantly less, not gone, but a lot better. We were like play by play commentators all night because Luna would do something and we would be like, she didn't cough! She always coughs when she jumps up the step coming into the house or some other ordinary thing. To say we were a little excited would be an understatement.
After a few days passed and Luna had a few more puffs from the inhaler, Luna's cough got even better. Granted, she still has breathing and coughing issues, but she is certainly doing a lot better.
I was very concerned with how Luna would do taking her medicine, but we have a pretty good system in place to make sure she gets her meds. It is a two person job, but so far it has been working well for us.
One of us sits behind Luna and keeps her still, while the other one puts the mask on Luna's face. The AeroDawg chamber has a little indicator that lets us know if Luna is breathing in or out. It is also a good way to know that we have a good seal with the mask on her nose. When Luna is breathing in, we push the inhaler and keep the mask on for 3-5 breathes so she gets her medicine. As soon, as she is done, she promptly gets rewarded with treats and lots of praise. Of course, her brothers are right next to her during this whole procedure encouraging Luna to breathe faster so they can get to the treat portion of the ordeal faster.
We are stepping Luna down off the prednisone to see if we can get her completely off that drug. In another week, we will have a better idea of if we can get Luna completely off of prednisone.
We are super excited that the FlowVent inhaler is helping Luna. If Luna is going to be taking the inhaler long term our next task is to find out the best place to purchase it from as it is quite pricey (~$200 / 120 puffs). The best we have been able to do locally is $178 from the Sam's Club pharmacy.
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