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Dog Friendly Tips: Breathing Problems

If your dog has a distinct wheeze, visit your vet. Some coughing could indicate dog health problems such as a respiratory infection or heart disease.

Occasional panting could indicate a nervous or overheated dog.

Other respiratory symptoms could represent more serious possibilities for dog health problems such as heartworm.

Caution - sudden onset of intense coughing: An inhaled or swallowed object could cause breathing difficulties such as gasping or intense coughing. See your vet immediately.

Medications to manage dog breathing problems include prednisone and theophylline ER.

Dog Friendly Article: Unusual Dog Houses

Some dogs get all the fun, and some just get to live in really weird houses. From the insanely stylish to the bizarrely comfortable, below are some of the most interesting doghouses I've come across.

The Cool Pet House: This one is for dogs or cats, or any other animal that weighs up to 26 pounds. It comes with a built-in webcam so that you can watch your pet and let other animal lovers see what they are doing while they sleep, eat, and do the things that animals do when they are alone. The air humidifier and temperature regulation can be controlled remotely, as can the LED lights, so you can maintain a constant environment for your dog, even when you are away.

The Celebrity Brick Estate Dog House: For dog lovers with a bit of spare cash, this mansion comes with running water, electric lighting, heating, and air conditioning. Priced at $25,000, the house is custom-made after consultation with the owner, and the total paid varies according to the final design. The builders will even choose materials based on your pet's allergies or other sensitivities.

The Town House: How about an indoor doghouse that doubles as a side table? That is exactly what this heavy wood house does. It fits a removable cushion for easy cleaning, as well as a medium-sized dog. Meanwhile, it is sturdy enough to keep your flowers, lamp, coffee, or books on top, without you having to worry about anything falling over when your dog jump up or moves suddenly.

The One Jackson Square Dog House: As a one-off structure, this one sold at auction with a starting bid of $15,000. It was designed to mimic the real luxury condos One Jackson Square in New York. It has a planted roof and looks like a nautilus shell. The proceeds from the sale went to the Animal Medical Center of New York in 2008.

Paris Hilton's Dog House: This one does not have an official name, because it was built specifically as a smaller version of Paris Hilton's own house. She spent $325,000 on it, and it covers over three hundred square feet. To be fair, her dogs Tinkerbell, Marilyn Monroe, Prince Baby Bear, Harajuku, Dolce and Prada share the space, but they definitely have enough of it, between the living room, balcony, bedroom, and lawn.

The World's Most Expensive Dog House: Even Paris Hilton doesn't take the cake on this one. In the middle of the recession in 2008, one UK-based dog owner spent about half a million dollars on a dog house for two Great Danes. It comes with a spa, temperature-controlled daybeds, a sound system worth over $200,000, and many more luxuries that most people can only dream of. The house even has a retinal scanner to make sure that other dogs can't get in.

Love it or hate it, some dogs really do have it made, and so do their owners, apparently. But at the end of the day, there's nothing wrong with being a bit creative with your dog's house, and surely there are less pricey alternatives that can be just as fun. Whether or not your dog ends up in a luxury condo or a house with a spa, the heart of the matter seems to be that you can meet your dog's basic needs for food, health, and comfort without resorting to extravagance that it seems very unlikely that the dog will appreciate. It seems to me that a dog would be happier with a nice bone and a pat on the head.

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