One of my puppies I believe has possibly contacted some type of infection. Today I noticed some think green snot on her nose. She's 6weeks today.
However, she's been playing, eating, drinking, and pottying completely normal.
She has been suffering from some breathing difficulties...but this happens to some shih tzu's... she seen a vet 2weeks ago due to it, and she cleared fine by him (4weeks old then)... just to wait it out and see if she might need some nose surgery or if it will go away as she ages.
Anyways, my question is... will she be ok to wait until Thursday to see the vet? He comes into town then... that's when they're due for their shots. Id take her tomorrow, but the closest vet is 4hrs away. If I do notice her not acting like herself, I'll def. be rushing the 4hr drive to our other vet though.
Sounds like an upper respiratory infection. Separate her from the rest of the litter just in case it is something more troublesome and contagious, and get her to a vet ASAP! It's nature. Animals sometimes will not show discomfort like people, of course they can not vocalize and if they were to show symptoms of being lame in the wild, they would be picked off at the first sign of weakness.
Have a heart, take your little baby to the vet like yesterday.
When you took the puppy in for breathing difficulties, what did the vet attribute it to? Does your breed get stenotic nares? What treatment did he give her then? Have you taken her temp? I go by whether they are eating and drinking well to, but sometimes they can crash pretty fast. I can't believe the nearest vet to you is 4 hours away! Where do you live,in the bush up in Northern B.C? Do you happen to have cats, or kittens?
Shih Tzu can have problems with their breathing due to their noses being so flat, and pushed in.
The vet did some different testing, and he had called me back the following day to let me know she'd be fine. I can't be sure of the testing as me, myself I was not present for that appointment. I trust him with my own life though, so I 100% trust him with the puppies.
I live in Ontario, and yes...... in the bush lol... i live in between Thunder Bay, Ontario and Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Just a suggestion for the future, I would keep a supply of the commonly used meds, especially the ones with long shelf lives..just because of where you live. If the nose is clear, that's a good sign. You could bathe it with warm water just to keep it clear. Do you have a little blue suction bulb? They sell them in pharmacies for kids, but they work just as well for puppies.I would also feed her the good old stand-by puppy strengthening formula, she might be needing a little extra boost. What is she eating now?
Bulb syringe? Yes, I have one of those... didn't even think to use it... duh!
Currently she's eating Wellness Puppy food mixed with water to really moisten it, and drinking water. I also have puppy formula on hand, and I have been continueing to offer her this, as she had the hardest time weaning off mom.
I think if you ask your vet for flea and worm treatments, he would give you a larger amount of those, possibly some antibiotics, with a long shelf life. It's a long way to the vet clinic, and you should have some of the more common emergency items on hand. Just talk to your vet, and see what he says, I'm sure he'll agree with having some of the items on hand. I have antiseptic ointment, bandages and dressings,peroxide, something you really should have, to induce vomiting, Metacam, for pain, and some other odds and ends, but you get the idea. Most breeders have a first aid cupboard for their dogs, and with the distance you have to go, you should have them on hand too.If you breed small dogs there are special small instruments you could need, in an emergency. Have you ever had to tube feed a puppy? Just something to think about, anyway. If she were my puppy, I would mix a 10 oz can of evaporated milk with 3 ounces of boiled water, an egg yolk, a teaspoon of syrup, and 1 cup of plain yoghurt, put it in the blender and add that to some pre soaked puppy food. That batch will last you quite a while; so you might want to give it to the rest of them too. Good luck, let us know how she does.