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Does your chi have an open fontanel (soft spot on skull)? I'm wondering how common it is. Teddy has one, and the breeder reassured me but my vet (who we just started going to) kinda freaked me out about it.
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It is fine all puppy chis have them.Just watch him really closely and make sure he don't hit it.Because that could cause trouble but as long as he don't hit it he will be fine and will go away as he gets older.
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The vet said if it doesn't close up in about 3 months, it might just stay open, which can happen. I wonder how many people have older chis with open fontanels?
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The Chi I bought in May, Kip, had an open fontanel. My Vet was really discouraging about it too. Kip was about 8 months old, and yes, it was a huge gap--as big as a Quarter. My Vet said it wasn't going to close and I had to be very careful with him. As it turned out, Kip went back to the breeder for other health issues. It is a common condition with Chi's. Just be aware of it and get on with enjoying your pup!
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Oh no! You had to return Kip? That must've been so difficult for you. Was the problem brain or skull related?

Teddy is very playful and outgoing, but I worry about his head because he and Zoey play so rough sometimes. I'm always slowing them down, lol.
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Oh no! You had to return Kip? That must've been so difficult for you. Was the problem brain or skull related?

Teddy is very playful and outgoing, but I worry about his head because he and Zoey play so rough sometimes. I'm always slowing them down, lol.
It was a very difficult time. Kip was my little buddy. He had an intestinal problem that got worse. I think he was literally "homesick". He got better after he went back to the breeder. So, no, it wasn't brain or skull related. Try not to worry yourself so about Teddy.
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Bruiser has an open fontanel too. I did not hear anything at all from the Vet.
Please le me know what did you hear.
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My Bruiser is 6 yrs. old and his fontanel is still open. He is not any different than Damian who is 1 yr. old and his is close.
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