I took him to the vet Feb. 18 after a week and a half of off and on again bloody sneezing, and he was given Convenia (due to him being a biter and the inability for me to safely medicate him). He was also given Baytril and Dexamethasone shots. It took a large vet to safely hold him down and another to give the shots. And believe me, he was hissing mad afterwards! Once we got home, he was more docile and actually did not sneeze again for 2 days. However, a few days later he became very lethargic and was not eating very well, and started having sneezing fits. He gets fed one can of soft food a day, broken down into portions, and has a bowl of hard food always set out to supplement and help keep his teeth healthy. He normally Loves his soft food, but he was not finishing the smaller portions I was now giving him, and even left some of his plates not touched at all. Before, even while sneezing blood, he acted normal in every other way, being active and eating heartily.
How it works: According to Dr. Edwards, stress produces chemicals in the body that increase inflammation. “With relaxation techniques, you have stress reduction and therefore decreased inflammation and less pain,” she says. Meditation also relaxes muscles that tense up with pain. Dr. Edwards suggests meditating for 20 minutes once or twice a day. For moments of acute pain, she also recommends “meditation minutes.” For example, take four to five deep breaths, counting to 10 with each inhalation and exhalation. “Just doing that four to five times a day can decrease depression and improve outlook,” she says.