Meet Ginger - an adorable 10-month-old Olde English Bulldogge, who holds a special place in her owner's heart. Her owner loves her very much and would do anything for her.
However, things became difficult when Ginger's owner found herself in a tight financial spot. They were between paychecks when Ginger's health began to deteriorate–she had difficulty breathing, stopped eating, and became uninterested in any activity. Her mom knew something was wrong and took her to the vet, but was unsure if she could afford the emergency visit. Fortunately, she applied to the Fur Kids Foundation for financial assistance, which proved to be a huge help because Ginger was diagnosed with pneumonia, and her condition required immediate attention.
Pneumonia is an inflammation of the air sacs of the lungs. These air sacs may fill with fluid or pus, which causes the difficulty breathing and coughing associated with the disease. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses or bacteria, fungus or breathing in foreign material (aspiration). Pneumonia can have very mild symptoms that affect small parts of the lungs to complete respiratory distress and an inability to breathe. Fur Kids Foundation encourages all pet owners to contact their veterinarian if they suspect that their pet has pneumonia.
According to PetMD, the signs of pneumonia in dogs include:
It’s important to note that bacterial and viral pneumonia can be transmitted easily between dogs, especially if they are very young, older, or have a compromised immune system. For homes with multiple dogs, you will need to separate the healthy ones from a sick pooch, as well as be sure to keep yourself clean when working with multiple dogs–wash your hands, wear different clothing, etc. Cleaning all bedding, bowls, leashes, collars, and harnesses will also help stop the disease from spreading.
Ginger was given medication and put on a treatment plan, and is expected to make a full recovery. Thanks to the aid offered by Fur Kids Foundation, Ginger's owner could get the necessary help and attention for her furry little baby.
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