Congratulations on adopting a rescue rat terrier. I can imagine she is ecstatic to have a new home and someone who is so concerned with her health. There are several possible reasons for her cough...yes, she may have something lodged in her throat but if she is eating normally and able to swallow water with ease, it seems less likely. You mentioned that you just got her on Monday. She may have been incubating a cough when you obtained her and just started showing signs of a respiratory condition. I would strongly recommend that you make an appointment to have her checked out your veterinarian. He/she will want to be sure that she is up to date on vaccines, that you have started appropriate external and internal parasite control (bring along a fresh stool sample). During the physical exam, the cause of the cough can be explored. It may be necessary to take some chest radiographs or she may only need some cough suppressants. See if you can get in on Saturday.
Best of luck with your new friend... Dr. Bernadine CruzView Thread
Dogs love them...those dried chicken treats that seem to be the newest rage at pet stores. Owners love them because they seem to be natural...only dried chicken. The FDA has issued an advisory that health issues have been associated with these treats. There have also been some deaths attributed to the consumption of these snacks. A recall has not been called as of this time. If you feel you just have to give the jerky, tenders or strip treats, only give a small amount and monitor your pet for signs of stomach upset.
You can learn more by going to the AVMA's (American Veterinary Medical Association) website.View Thread
End of life decisions can be one of the hardest for a caring pet owner to make. Dr. Alice Villalobos is a veterinarian who has devoted her life to insuring the best quality of life for pets especially when the end is near. Her check list assists a pet owner grappling with this heart wrenching decision.View Thread
Twice yearly preventive medical examinations are essential for our own pet's health...but what about Santa's reindeer? Dr. Rene' Carlson, the American Veterinary Medical Association's president is the official doctor for Santa's special transportation helpers. Watch their health examination and learn about their special qualities and needs.View Thread
Holiday are a marvelous time to share some extra loving with our pets but there are some hazards that you may not have thought of. Spend time snuggling with your furry member of the family...not time at the emergency clinic.View Thread
With a bit of planning, you and your furry members of the family can be kept safe when temperatures drop. Take a look at this video brought to you by the American Veterinary Medical Association.View Thread
Kidney disease can affect cats and dogs of any age but is particularly common in senior pets. The onset can be insidious and by the time a pet owner realizes that there is something wrong, the disease can be very advanced. What causes this malady? What do all of these medical words mean? What can be done to extend the good quality of life? The 'International Renal Interest Society' has some very pet owner friendly information. This is a site that can be trusted. If you have questions concerning your pet's renal (kidney) health, the best person you can ask for advice is your primary care veterinarian. If you still need more information, www.iris-kidney.com is worth checking out.
Dear Gogogrammy47, Thanks for bringing this issue to the exchange. Walking dandruff is also known as Cheyletiellosis. It is a mite that lives on the skin. It can be a cause of itching and scaling. You are correct that it is contagious to other pets and people. It is pretty easy to diagnose by looking at the scales on the skin under a microscope. The insect is pretty easy to eradicate with good flea control. If a case is suspect, see your veterinarian and increase your flea control on all pets in the household. Dr. BernadineView Thread
Sadly, dental disease is a rampant problem for pets. It is estimated that over 40% of cats and dogs over 4 years of age have some degree of dental disease. Bad teeth not only are a source of stinky breath, they can act as the source of bacteria that can adversely affect the entire body...liver, kidneys, joints and the heart muscle.
Pets periodically need to have their teeth cleaned. How often is a function of diet, genetics and a bit of luck. You can increase the luck factor by getting your pet used to having its teeth brushed at home.
PetDental.com provides pointers on how to determine whether or not your pet has dental disease and gives you suggestion for home care. There is even some great activities for kids.
Down with tuna breath...up with pet toothbrushes! Dr. BernadineView Thread
Fleas....what a itchy pain in the bum! Some pets are so sensitive, that it takes only one flea bite to set off a vicious cycle of itching, biting, scratching and torment. Flea control is so much easier and safer than it was just a few years ago. There are times that no matter what a pet owner does, they just don't seem to be able to get on top of the problem. Understanding the flea life cycle is critical to optimizing the chances of keeping fleas under control and off you and your pet.
Rather than trusting your neighbor, the kid at the pet store or some obscure internet site, browse the many articles at Companion Animal Parasite Council (www.capcvet.org) for everything you ever wanted to know about fleas (and lots of other bugs) but were afraid to ask.
Fleas, ticks, internal and external parasites can spread diseases to your pets and family. Keep your entire family safe. Ask your veterinarian for safe and effective parasite control products.
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