I just got a 7 week old shih tzu who weighs 1.5 lbs. She seems really healthy. She eats, plays, and has normal BMs. Her breathing is a little weird because her nose is too small to breathe through corrrectly, so she snorts through her mouth. The problem is that every once in a while, usually in the evenings, she gets what looks like hiccups then she throws up a small amount of foamy saliva. She was just at the vet last week. She was wormed and got her first set of shots. The vet said her lungs are clear and she should outgrow the nasal problems. Is this vomiting a problem? Should I take her back to the vet?
7wks is to soon to be away from mom and the rest of the litter. My guess is since her nose is to small, she is having some sort of respirtory problem. Maybe fluid getting her lungs, or air getting in her stomach. She may never outgrow it, and could have problems her entire life. Usually by this time if there are problems, they are generally birth defects that don't go away.
I would contact your vet and see what he says about. you may just be able to speak with him over the phone, and not actually make a visit. good luck
I just checked, she's 8 weeks old now. I had the date wrong, sorry. The vet said she was good to go. She has all her teeth and is weaned. Getting air in her stomach makes sense. She seems fine. She always seems fine before and after the vomiting. I think I'll call the vet again, just in case.
Your puppy very well could outgrow the nasal problems. We see it alot in the short nose breeds. They tend to have very small nasal openings as puppies, it could go either way as they grow, the opening could get better or worse. There is a surgical procedure to fix it which is quite non invasive. The vet will go in and take two pie shape wedges out to widen the nasal cavity. This is NOT a birth defect, it happens. It's really all due to lousy line breeding somewhere along the way. We see it in Shih Tzu's, pugs, English bulldogs....all the smushed faced breeds.
As far as the vomiting.... how often are you feeding? What is the time frame between the last feeding and the vomiting? Could very well be a form of "acid reflux". Which is also common in these breeds, and they generally outgrow that too. Since she is only vomiting at night, that would be my first guess. Good luck with your baby!
I put her in her kennel to eat in the morning and the evening, then she has access to her food bowl at any other point during the day as well. She's been throwing up in the early evening before I put her in her kennel. Should I put her in her kennel to eat three times a day instead? I'm just really worried about her. I don't want her to get sick!
The vet told me that if she didn't outgrow the breathing problem, she'd have to have her nostrils clipped. I'm hoping that won't be necessary.
I have another quick question for you, if you don't mind. She's really small! She only weighs a pound and a half at two months. Her two sister's were twice her size. Is there a certain food that I can feed her to make sure she doesn't loose weight? I'm feeding her Beneful puppy food right now. I've thought about switching to Science Diet though.
As far as puppy food... lol I really don't have an opinion. I'm not big on food opinions. I do feed my boys Blue buffalo just because my one has a very sensitive stomache and Royal Canin got to be too expensive :) They do have a puppy formula and I have been very happy with the food thus far. They all have shiny coats and do well on it.
With her being so small it's likely she was the runt, and probably should not have left her mother until a little later, yet we see it all the time. She will grow though, lol. Just make sure she is eating and resting plenty, with a baby that size you do not want to take a chance with hypoglycemia (hope I didn't butcher that too much). A condition in which they get really low concentration of blood glucose. Sypmtoms are drowsiness, shivering, collapsing, disorientation, seizures, listlessness, depression, muscle weakness and tremors. We recommend to owners of toy breeds to feed 3-4 small meals a day to help prevent it.
I might try feeding 3 times daily. Do check with your vet though if vomiting persists.
My girl went through something very much like what your describing. I think this is a stomach upset with your dog. I am going to give you a remedy and it is fine to do with a puppy. Boil chicken in a pot. Make some white rice. After the chicken is done take the chicken, rice, and a little bit of broth from the chicken and blend it up so it is easy for your puppy to chew. Feed this to your puppy. Take away the other food for right now and feed this to your shih tzu. This should make her/him feel alot better. She should be fine after this. Then slowly introduce her food back to her. This settles the stomach and helps her digestion and such. You will notice a big difference. You will notice a big difference with her stomach,breathing and everything. My girl is on the small side too and this helped with all the ailments that ended up stemming from the tummy problem.
Beneful, in my opinion, is a poor quality food as it has little nutritional value and contains artificial colours which dogs, let alone humans, need. Science Diet is better but not the best for the price. I would try Wellness, Innova, Eagle Pack Holistic Selects.
I would call your vet and ask him about the vomiting. Good luck!
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