Friday, January 31, 2014
The end of the sofa with a clear view out the front door is the most coveted spot on the couch. This spot is almost always occupied by Henry. But, luckily for Benjamin and Luna, Henry is willing to share his spot with them.
Monday, December 16, 2013
I posted last week about Benny's impressive fur growth spurt after we started him on some new meds. Here is more information on the magic little pills that we started him on:
Free Form Snip Tips
A Free Form Fatty Acid offering maximum potency of EPA and DHA.
Omega-3's for Small Dogs and Cats
We purchased these from our vet. I believe they were sold as a supplement and a prescription was not required. They have worked wonders for Benjamin for his fur issues. Take a look at his fur patch now (and Luna photobombing the shot).
As with anything, talk to your vet about these before you start giving them to your pug.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Remember the patch that Benny had shaved on his back when he had a CT scan in Feb of this year? Well, Benny has had almost no fur growth in that spot since it has been shaved. We had pretty much given up hope that Benny's fur would grow back at all. But right before we went to Maryland, we started the pugs on Free Form fatty acids with omega 3s and fish oil to help with their skin and coat. To be honest, I didn't think the supplements would do anything for the pugs. They were on fish oil before and it did nothing for them. If anything I was hesitant to even start them because I suspected the fish oil upset their stomach before.
Despite my concerns we started giving the pugs the supplements and BOOM Benny had a major fur grown spurt on the patch on his back! Take a look at the difference.
What's amazing is all this fur growth happened in about a span of 2 weeks! Go Benny!
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.
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