Woman Found A Dog That ‘Looked Like Stone’ While On Vacation & Refused To Leave Him Behind

While on vacation in Aruba, dog lover Melissa found an abandoned dog who looked like he had turned to stone.

The vacationer was enjoying her time in Aruba when she saw a dog that ‘looked like a rock’ and knew she had to help.

Sgt Pepper’s Friends/Facebook

Just the idea of leaving that poor dog behind, without medical attention, broke Melissa’s heart. So she decided she would do what she could to help him.

Melissa contacted local rescue group Sgt Pepper’s Friends. Together they went to work trying to save the dog ‘made of stone.’ It turned out the dog, they named Ozzy, was suffering from a severe case of sarcoptic mange.

Sgt Pepper’s Friends/Facebook

According to PetMD:

“Sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious skin disease found in dogs, caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. These mites will burrow through the skin causing intense itching and irritation. The scratching that results from mange is what causes the majority of the animal’s hair to fall out. This is a treatable medical condition but is highly contagious for other animals and humans. Pet owners are advised to keep the dog quarantined while it is being treated for mange.”

Melissa said: “He looked like a walking stone when I found him. I knew I wanted to help so I opened the car door and he jumped right in.”

It was as if Ozzy understood exactly what was going on; that he met the woman who would change his life forever.

“He was so grateful. He’s the sweetest thing.”

Volunteer Dayenne Holwerda explains:

“Melissa, who was vacationing here, saw Ozzy and contacted us for help. We decided to help and Melissa went to look for him again and bring him to our vet. Ozzy really looked like a rock and his face was all swollen and his eyes crusty.

Sgt Pepper’s Friends/Facebook

He tested positive for heartworm and sarcoptic mange so we had no choice then to leave him at the vet to be treated. He was bathed with medicated shampoo two times a week and received injections for his skin for six weeks.”

Ozzy was so happy to get treatment. Every single day, the brave dog took a step toward better health. His transformation is truly incredible!

Sgt Pepper’s Friends/Facebook

Ozzy is now happy and healthy. He smiles constantly. Ozzy’s rescuers see a bright future for the dog who once appeared to be ‘made of stone.’

Thank you, Melissa and Sgt Pepper’s Friends for giving this deserving dog a second chance!

Sgt Pepper’s Friends/Facebook

Please ‘SHARE' to pass on this story to a friend or family member

Stay for one more story, be sure to check out these Top Trending Stories below:

Story: Man’s About To Return Shelter Dog When He Reads Previous Owner’s Note

A man had finally settled into his new town, but something still felt missing from his life. He thought getting a companion in the form of a shelter dog might help. So he did just that. He went to the shelter where a black Lab named Reggie needed a home. But they didn’t hit it off right away.

The man gave it two weeks (the amount of time the shelter said it may take for the dog to adjust to his new home), but it just wasn’t working out. Maybe it was the fact he was also trying to adjust to a new situation. Maybe they were too much alike. But then the man started going through Reggie’s stuff, and that’s when he was reminded of a letter the previous owner had left with the dog. That’s what would end up changing their lives dramatically.

What an amazingly beautiful story. It’s all going to work out for Tank and his new owner. 🙂

You’ve read this far… you need to watch this short BEAUTIFUL video clip.. It will touch your HEART! Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tiqOrytYpI

[h/t Tickld]

 

Reverse Sneezing In Dogs – What to do…

Does this sound familiar? Your dog suddenly starts making loud snorting sounds—over and over again, in quick succession.

Do you start wondering, did they swallow something they shouldn’t have? Can they breathe?!

Chances are, you’re experiencing the infamous “reverse sneeze.”

Veterinarians often see dogs whose owners rushed them in for an emergency appointment after finding them standing with their elbows apart, head pulled back, and eyes bulging as they snort or gasp repeatedly.

Yet for the vast majority of these dogs, a vet visit was unnecessary.

Reverse sneezing looks and sounds scary the first time you encounter it. However, it’s a fairly common and harmless respiratory event for dogs.

Read on to learn how to identify reverse sneezing, what causes it, and how to tell the difference between a harmless reverse sneeze and something else.

What is reverse sneezing?

A reverse sneeze is pretty much what it sounds like: a sneeze that happens in reverse! The above video is a good example of what it looks and sounds like.

In a regular sneeze, air is rapidly pushed out through the nose. In a reverse sneeze, air is rapidly, and noisily, pulled in through the nose.

It occurs in spasms lasting anywhere from a few seconds up to a minute and sounds like snorting, snuffling, and even gagging. See the above video for an example.

Because of the sounds their dogs make while reverse sneezing, many people mistakenly think their dog is choking. However, a reverse sneeze is almost as normal and harmless as a regular sneeze.

What causes reverse sneezing?

VIA FLICKR/FLEUR-DESIGN

There’s no single cause for a reverse sneeze. Like regular sneezing, it’s often triggered by an irritation or inflammation in the nose, throat, or sinuses.

It often occurs when dogs wake up from a nap, or after eating, when their breathing pattern may have rapidly changed. It’s also caused by irritants in the airway—anything from dust to an inhaled hair!

Some dogs experience more frequent reverse sneezing in springtime when the air is full of pollen and other allergens.

Others reverse sneeze more in the winter, when sudden temperature changes between outdoors and indoors cause the nasal passages to contract.

Another common cause of reverse sneezing is pressure on the throat and neck. A too-tight collar, or straining against the leash, can irritate the throat and lead to a reverse sneeze. That’s just one more reason to consider a harness for your dog.

Finally, some dogs reverse sneeze after exercise, or when they’re overexcited. This is particularly common among brachycephalic, or short-nosed, breeds like pugs and bulldogs.

When they get worked up, they may inhale their elongated soft palates into the throat, triggering an episode of reverse sneezing.

How to end a reverse sneezing episode

VIA FLICKR/[email protected]

Reverse sneezing is super-common, and it won’t hurt your dog. However, some dogs become anxious during a reverse sneezing episode, and a lengthy episode may be uncomfortable.

You can help your dog recover from a reverse sneezing episode by remaining calm yourself. If you get anxious, your dog’s anxiety will increase, too. So, stay calm, and show your dog there’s nothing to panic about.

If your dog is experiencing a particularly long episode of reverse sneezing, you may be able to ease or end the episode by:

  • Gently massaging your dog’s throat
  • Briefly covering their nostrils, which will cause them to swallow and potentially stop sneezing
  • Depressing their tongue with your hand to help open airways
  • Some vets suggest gently blowing in your dog’s face

In the vast majority of cases, there’s no need to intervene. Reverse sneezing doesn’t last long, and your dog will be perfectly normal after it stops.

When you should go to the vet

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfoSLvBAsDL/?utm_source=ig_embed

As mentioned, reverse sneezing rarely requires veterinary treatment. As soon as the sneezing episode stops, the situation is resolved. However, if episodes increase in frequency or duration, you should call the vet just in case.

You should also seek treatment if your dog’s reverse sneezing is accompanied by other respiratory symptoms or if they have any unusual discharge from their nose.

Occasionally, chronic reverse sneezing can be a symptom of more serious issues. These include nasal mites, foreign objects in the airway, respiratory infections, and tracheal collapse.

If you’re concerned about the intensity of your dog’s reverse sneezing, take a video to show the vet. They’ll be able to determine potential causes.

Most dogs experience episodes of reverse sneezing at some point in their lives. For the vast majority of dogs, it’s a common, temporary, harmless reaction with no lasting aftereffects.

Of course, it still sounds unsettling to our human ears! But now that you know what reverse sneezing is, you’ll be less likely to make an unnecessary vet visit.

Watch more:

More stories:

Girlfriend Gives Partner An Ultimatum, Demands Either The Dog Goes Or She Goes

 

Science Discovers That Dogs Can Sense ‘Bad People’



Add Comment