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Old 10-16-2017, 11:21 PM
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Hi all,
More questions about our new baby, Diesel.
He often sounds a bit "wheezey" but other than that he is a happy, energetic little guy.
Initially we assumed that the wheezing was related to his flight out to us, I know I feel all congested after flying. However, I have seen that the vet who did his pre-flight vet check also noted that he has "upper respiratory sounds ". I spoke to the breeder today and she says that most tiny pups have this problem but they out grow it. He is currently 10 weeks old and weighs 13.3 ounces.
Has anyone else who has tiny babies noticed this kind of wheezing?
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:27 AM
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I have a tiny baby, but I noticed that she is severely overshot. She can't eat without half way choking. She has a collapsted trachea also. That makes her wheeze and 'snortle' all the time. Have your vet check her for this. He may grow enough that the trachea grows too. I have chosen not to medicate her and surgery is too expensive. She gets along well. Runs around like a 'mad' puppy in the am. She is 5 years old.
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I have never had a puppy with breathing/snorting issues. Maybe the pup will grow out of it. Since it doesn't affect the pup I don't think you should worry about it too much especially with what the breeder told you. When you take the pup to a vet you should probably ask questions about it to see what they have to say.
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Many thanks for the replies
Our vet did notice that his bottom jaw is a bit shorter than his top jaw, I think that's called "overshot"? It doesn't seem to affect his ability to eat, thank goodness!
I am trying not to stress too much about it as he seems totally unconcerned about it lol.
My vet is wonderful but admits that she has not had to deal with tiny puppies much as we live in a rural area and she sees more cows than puppies
Another vet really isn't an option without travelling several hours from home
Susan, it's great to hear that your tiny Chi is well enough to run around like a "mad puppy" at 5 years old, despite the collapsed trachea!
Hopefully this little guy will outgrow his wheezing
Now I just need to help him realize that sometimes I need to do terrible things to him like wipe his eyes He absolutely freaks out if I try to wipe his eyes or try to look at his mouth or, heaven forbid I try turn him over!
Lots to learn for both of us

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Try and get him interested in something else, like licking some p.butter from your plate/dish in your lap, while you gently clean his eyes. Mine hate me getting 'sleep' our of their eyes, but I do it every day! As for turning him over, that is a VERY scary thing for a dog. Some dogs never get that trust, although most of those probably are rescue dogs. Try and teach him 'roll over' first, then maybe he will be more calm about it? The same with his teeth. Start with just hardly lifting his lips, to gently touching his teeth. Give him lots of praise and tiny treats while you are doing these things.
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All great ideas, thanks Susan
I am working on getting comfortable with me stroking his head (he has been ducking and pulling away) so far we cannot even touch his face or his mouth lol. The only thing he really enjoys is his Nurical, which he licks off my finger. I am trying to find the perfect "high value " treat, one that is as hypoallergenic as possible (I'm not asking for much, am I? Lol)
He is such a little guy that I'm probably being a bit over cautious about everything.
It's early days, he hasn't even been here a week so I am not pushing or rushing him.
It's awesome to have experienced "Chi-people" to ask for advice. Thanks for taking the time to help us get on our way

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f you put yourself in his place, a hand coming down over your head could be prey coming to get you!

Make sure you speak to him before you touch him or try to pick him up. If he loves Nutrucal? use that! Show him the stuff (on your finger/bottle/dish and then SLOWLY reach down and let him lick it off. After a while, with one hand/finger touch him WHILE he is licking. Quickly. When he tolerates this, go for a little longer. Some dogs do not like their heads touched period. Just work with him slowly.

If you cut up some meat into tiny pieces-no bigger than your pinky fingernail and smaller even--you can use them as 'treats'. Cheese squares cut up can be used too . He is so tiny that some of the 'good' treats are too hard for baby teeth.
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Along with the short lower jaw, your puppy has a very short face. Though we associate breathing problems with extremely short-faced dogs like pugs and French bulldogs, they can happen in Chihuahuas too. Individuals like your pup have reduced space for all the nasal passages and soft tissues that are there. My Chi has a long face, with his muzzle almost as long as the rest of his skull, and even he has an elongated soft palate that sometimes causes fits of reverse sneezing if he swallows things too fast. Basically, as long as the lungs are clear and it isn't getting worse, I would just keen an eye on it. It may be his normal, especially at such a small size, like the breeder said.
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