It is another day in paradise. Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, in spite of the rain, is a paradise to Callie and us. It is so cozy in our 24′ Class C RV and our little “Squirrel Nutkin” is snug as a bug in her bed on the front driver’s seat. She is buried under a quilt that my mother made and is snoring away this morning. To give credit where credit is due, the term squirrel nutkin was first coined by a famous English writer, Beatrice Potter, who wrote children’s books about Winnie the Pooh.
Callie has asthma that developed after she was kenneled for several weeks when we went to Maui on vacation. The stress of being boarded triggered a cough that was not diagnosed properly for many months. It took a vet in Morro Bay, a Dr. Stephens, to figure it out and get her on prednisone. She may also have a food allergy to chicken, a common food source allergen, and is now on a salmon limited ingredient diet to control her itchy ears.
I have found a quick remedy to her asthma attacks is by getting out the brush and brushing her. She seems to hold her breath and starts to purr in ecstasy while being brushed, and the coughing stops. It has actually worked every time and I highly recommend it for those of you that have pets with asthma. I have been able to reduce her steroid consumption and only start a series of it when all else fails. Taking steroids has its side effects, and it is best to try and limit the use of prednisone if at all possible.