Trip is a 5-6 year old, teddy bear eyed, Lhasa who came to us in late December 2015. He was experiencing almost constant coughing and his throat would expand out like a balloon when he coughed. His muscle structure at the time was that of Jello. The regular vets worked with Trip as much as they could but they could not relive his symptoms. I then took Trip to a vet that practices eastern and western vet medicine and Trip has been going there since May or so 2016. He was diagnosed with doggie COPD, chronic bronchitis and collapsing trachea. Laser acupuncture has helped Trip tremendously. He still coughs some (when he gets excited like at eating time or if he thinks he is taking a ride in the car) but these laser treatments plus natural supplements have given Trip back his life. He likes to play every now and then and he has the muscle structure to do so. He can breathe and run in the back yard (if he has to). Trip was also diagnosed with heartworms and because of his condition; it was determined to use the slow kill method. He will be retested for heartworms in the next several months. Trip also experiences chronic ear infections that ear meds from the vet help with. He loves to have the drops put in his ears every morning because he gets an ear rub after that.
Trip gets along with most other dogs. He loves to be up on the sofa with you and will crawl into your lap. He absolutely loves to go to his vet’s office and he marches in there as if he owned the place. He also knows that his foster mom stops at Einstein’s on the way to the vet’s office in the mornings and he gets a doggie bagel. And on the way home, he knows he gets a treat from the vet’s office. He is very treat motivated and will eat all of his supplements that are dropped on his food. Trip is not yet neutered and we are still considering whether it is in his best interest to anesthetize him for such a surgery.