This article originally appeared on my ongoing series of articles for Flexcin International, Inc as Who’s Britney’s New Bitch?
Meet Hannah Spears, Britney’s new bitch. No, I didn’t think of that clever phrase; it’s the tag line featured on Hannah Spears’ Twitter page (@HannahSpears). Yet, just who is Hannah Spears and why are we discussing her here in reference to someone named Britney?
Well, it turns out Hannah is Britney Spears’s new Yorkshire Terrier (AKA Yorkie) puppy. On 11/26/12, Spears took to Twitter (@BritneySpears) to announce Hannah’s presence to the world by sharing their photo and tweeting:
- Britney Spears
What could Hannah Spears be tweeting about?
It turns out that the Twittersphere is very interested in meeting Hannah, as she now has over 26,000 followers. Hannah tweets about puppyhood issues, such as her house training failures (“Pee’d on mom’s rug. I think I’m in BIG trouble”), learning new tricks (“Mommy’s trying to teach me how to shake… she thinks I have hands! ”), and even shared a photo conveying her lack of enthusiasm forgoing to the veterinary hospital (“I may have gone to the vet yesterday… but I was pretending I was at the #VSFashionShow with my pink collar!”).
Britney’s other precious pooches
I hope Britney will display the utmost responsibility as a caretaker in raising young Hannah. Britney previously shared her household with:
- London – another Yorkie
- Bit Bit and Lucky – Chihuahuas
- Lacy Loo – Maltese
What is Hannah Spears susceptible to?
Recently, I was contacted by a correspondent from the National Inquirer to comment on reports of Hannah suffering from a respiratory tract infection. Puppies and kittens are commonly affected by a variety of organisms causing respiratory tract infections, including:
- Bacteria – Bordetella (kennel cough), Mycoplasma, and Chlamydia
- Viruses - Distemper, Influenza (see Can Dogs Get the Flu?), and Parainfluenza
As Hannah is not my patient (nor would I disclose anything to the media about my patients or clients), I can only speculate as to the potential cause (s) of her respiratory ills. In addition to infectious organisms, climate and temperature changes and environmental irritants (pollen,dust, perfume, incense, smoke, etc.) can also cause inflammation of the nose, mouth, and eyes; this creates a microenvironment friendlier to the growth of bacteria and viruses.
Hannah’s immediate concerns
As Britney is often photographed smoking cigarettes, I hope she only does so outdoors well removed from Hannah’s access. Secondhand smoke penetrates clothes and can waft into the household shared by Hannah and Britney’s kids, which potentially contributes to a variety of health problems.
Smoke irritates the eyes and respiratory tract, causing the following clinical signs:
- eye and nasal discharge
- breathing problems (labored breathing, elevated respiratory rate, etc.)
Not only is smoke irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat, but it can cause life threatening problems, including cancer. A Colorado State University study revealed a higher incidence of nasal and pulmonary (lung) tumors in dogs exposed to second hand smoke as compared to those living in a smoke free household.
For Hannah’s sake
Of course Hannah’s health, quality of life, and longevity could be improved if Britney gave up her cigarette habit. Reducing Hanna’s exposure to toxins and environmental irritants in food, water, and air will lead to many healthy years of canine companionship for Britney and her family
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