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Old 11-25-2007, 10:56 PM
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Hello. I have a chihuahua foster dog who has some issues, very very submissive and sad, we believe there was some abuse in his original home. He isn't mean or aggressive, just depressed and a little anxious. I think there is hope, though, after only one week he has shown some improvement in his demeanor.

My question for all you who have more experience than I with these sweet little dogs is about the heavy breathing/wheezing/snorting thing. This dog does it almost constantly, especially when he is nervous or startled, and even wakes in the middle of the night doing it. The vet said that this was common for the breed and that some do it more than others, and that possibly it will calm down some as he gets more secure and happy. I just feel he is doing it way too much. Does anyone else's chi have this problem and if so, is it something I should worry about?
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Welcome to the board!

It is what most call reverse sneezing and it is common but usually not constant. IMO he is probably just very nervous still adjusting to a new situation and it may calm as he calms. If it continues after you feel he is relaxing then I might would get a 2nd opinion to make sure there are no underlying health issues causing it. I usually touch my boys nose so they will lick it and this tends to help. There are other things that work for other members that I am sure they will share with you

I would love to see pictures of your boy
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Not to worry Jen, but my question to Michelle would be "how do you tell the difference between reverse sneeze and collapsing trachea? Is it easy for an amature to tell the difference?
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Did the vet hear your dog wheeze? If so, I wouldn't worry. Boop makes that noise when she's excited, all choked up, lol. I get her to breathe through her mouth and it stops. As Michelle said, he should improve as he gets more relaxed.

If the vet hasn't heard the dog, then maybe it's worth a check.
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Not to worry Jen, but my question to Michelle would be "how do you tell the difference between reverse sneeze and collapsing trachea? Is it easy for an amature to tell the difference?
I myself have never heard a collapsed trachea or that of one collapsing and have no idea what it would sound like? Quite frankly amateur or not I am not sure of how easy it would be to differentiate but since she did state that he had been checked by a vet and the vet did not see an alarm in it and said it was normal then I would think it is safe to say that it is reverse sneezing. Surely a vet would know the difference. But like I stated above after the Chi has relaxed in his environment and it persists in being so frequent then I would definately seek another professional opinion
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woody reverse sneezes much more than teddy does. it usually happens whenever he is excited.

this link has some helpful info...

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Hi all - thanks for the advice and the link. I myself did not take him to the vet, the woman who runs the rescue group did. I have suspicions that this dog is not 100% healthy, but he needs to be in a safe environment for a while for me to be able to tell what is a health problem and what is just his nerves. He also needs a full work up at the vet, which I know he has not had, and I have spoken to the rescue lady about that. He is severely underweight, only 6.5 lbs when he should weight 11 or 12.
He has been eating real good the past week, in fact right now he is a turkey eating machine! (no, I am not giving him too much, no matter how much he begs!)
Of course in the short time I have had him, I have fallen madly in love with him and am probably going to keep him.

I tried to post a few photos, but the system is telling me they are "over my quota" - in size I guess? I shrunk them down to the smallest I could without ruining them and I still can't get them through. I will work on it more this afternoon, working for a few hrs this morning.

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Most of us here use photobucket.com for our pictures. Here's a good tutorial to if you want to try it out Pictorial How-to for Photobucket

When I got Daisy about 5 months ago, the breeder who I bought her from told me she was perfectly healthy and vet checked but when I got her she was snoring soo badly at night and always panting like she couldn't breathe well. And her nose was really dried out so the day after we got her we took her to the vet who put her on 2 medicines, one for an ear infection and the other for some upper respiratory issues. I think going to the vet yourself is a good idea so you know what really has been done
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