Everybody knows how annoying it is when you have a cough, especially one that seems to linger on and on. But what about when your pet coughs- in some cases it seems that they are literally going to hack up a lung. In no particular order, here are 7 of the most common reasons that your pet may be coughing– and some can be quite serious.
1) Kennel Cough
This highly contagious and common illness usually results in a dry, honking cough. The cough itself can last for weeks, especially untreated. Kennel cough increases the chances for developing pneumonia, which can be a very serious condition. Most dogs with kennel cough will act normally, but frequently have uncontrollable non-productive coughing spells.
Pets add a lot to any family, but did you know that there are millions of animals just waiting for homes in shelters and rescues? Here are the top 10 reasons to choose your next pet from an animal shelter or rescue group!
1. You are saving a life!
Sixty-four percent of animals that enter shelters don’t find homes and sadly, they are euthanized. Choosing to adopt from a shelter means that you are literally saving a life.
2. Save your carpets!
Many of the pets waiting in shelters and rescue groups are already housebroken.
3. You can find a purebred!
There are many in shelters and there are even breed specific rescue groups, although mutts make great pets too!
4. You won’t be supporting puppy mills.
Unfortunately, there are people who put the business of selling puppies above the health and welfare of the animals. Choosing to adopt helps keep money out of the puppy mill owners pockets.
Pets Best Insurance has already brought you some laughs by listing the funniest cat names, but what about the top dog names? As a practicing veterinarian, I’ve compiled a list of the top 14 most comical dog names I’ve ever heard!
1) Doogie Schnauzer M.D.
This little Schnauzer was actually very intelligent; he was just missing opposable thumbs to write his prescriptions.
2) Mr. Pickles Pepper
I can’t explain why, but every time I hear the name Mr. Pickles, it just makes me laugh. Especially when it is a little Chihuahua with the last name ‘Pepper’.
Unfortunately, this dog was named after the owners got to know him first.
4) The Fonz
The owner of this dog actually looked like Fonzie! The dog looked a lot like his drooling counterpart. This 120-pound Newfoundland certainly had the hair to match the look.