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A 6-month-old Terrier mix named Bubbles was left stranded in a Houston neighborhood during Hurricane Harvey.
She survived for a week in the catastrophic flooding, but ended up being preyed on by a ruthless abuser.
Some twisted thug shot Bubbles point-blank in the right eye, and then tried to finish her off by viciously beating her with a hammer.
Despite being left to die, Bubbles miraculously survived the evil attempt on her life. But by the time she was brought to the Houston BARC, her wounds had started healing with the bullet still inside her.
She needed 4 immediate surgeries to carry on, so the shelter transferred her to “Houston Pets Alive (HPA)” for further care.
The HPA staff found that Bubbles’ injuries impaired her ability to eat, hear and see, so they desperately reached out to the public to fund her emergency surgeries.
The workers were touched as locals gracefully chipped in money even when they were all struggling to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane.
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During Bubbles’ high-risk surgery, the vet removed the bullet that was still lodged behind her ear. Later, sections of her jawbone and her right ear canal also had to be extracted due to the severity of damage.
Thankfully, all her surgeries were totally successful!
Bubbles soon found a foster situation with couple Kilyn and Fransisco. During her recovery, the sweet pooch would always try to hide her horribly disfigured face in her parents’ arms.
But with time, she realized that her family accepted and cherished her just as she is. Eventually, Kilyn and Fransisco fell in love with Bubbles and decided to keep her forever!
Bubbles’ had a few bumps in the road even after her adoption. She endured a few more mouth and eye surgeries to live with more ease.
But at the end of the day, she bloomed into the happiest girl who was adored by her parents, human brother, and doggie siblings!
Today, Bubbles has become an ambassador for downtrodden abused dogs. With her natural sense of empathy, the one-eyed pooch is looking into a bright future as a therapy dog.
Her haunting past might be written all over face, but she certainly is a symbol of hope and positivity in dark times!
Click the video below to watch how Bubbles left her tormenting past behind and blossomed into a spirited survivor.
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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.
What causes reverse sneezing?
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
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.