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Kitten With Rare Genetic Deformity Was Found Under House And Won Over Entire Shelter
When Frankie the kitten was discovered in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, his rescuers noticed he was very, very special.
He was found cowering underneath a house alongside his brother, frightened of the approaching humans. But it wasn’t his fear that set him apart…one of the stray kittens seemed to have an extra set of ears, plus a deformed right eye.
The sweet kitty needed to have emergency surgery to remove his deformed eye, so Georgia had to wait until after to meet the rescued cat. She was afraid the trauma of the rescue and the surgery would cause him to be stand-offish, but that wasn’t the case, at all!
In fact, the little stray was full of love and affection.
As soon as she picked him up, he purred and rubbed his face (complete with sutures) up against her. Immediately, Georgia volunteered to foster him.
Because the surgery left a long row of stitches down his face, the shelter staff nicknamed him “Frankenkitten.” The 10-week-old kitten was becoming a star around the shelter and it’s easy to see why. “Frankie” was so unique, but also so loving!
Georgia had only intended on fostering Frankie, but as soon as she spent time with him, she realized it would be impossible to let him go.
The shelter made her wait eight days before allowing her to adopt Frankie, but once that time was up, Frankie officially joined Georgia’s family. Not only did he gain a loving mom, but he also had three brand-new cat siblings named Toothless, Mina, and Lucius Malfoy.
Frankie’s first surgery went well, but he may need to face more procedures in the future. Cats born with four ears tend to have other issues or genetic deformities that may need to be addressed. As he grows up, his mom will be keeping a close eye on his progress, making sure to put his health first.
The first thing that will need to be addressed is Frankie’s overbite; once his adult teeth grow in, his lower canines may need to be removed. His upper canines can stay, but they may hang out of his mouth like a vampire — it’s a good thing the shelter staff gave him such an adorable monster name!
Frankie and Georgia formed a bond that will last a lifetime, and thanks to that loving support, the young kitten will never give up fighting. As he grows into a handsome little cat, he has family and friends that will be there for him every step of the way.
He may look different from other kittens, but he certainly still knows how to live life to the fullest!
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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.
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.
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
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.