I need some help here. I have been breeding beagles now for a couple yrs and do it only as a hobby. I am not some type of backyard breeder and i spend a lot of time and money on my dogs and breeding, I am very nervous because just tonight I have discovered that my 2 wk old litter has runny noses. I have never had a litter where that has occured. Can that be at all normal, or something simple such as allergies, is what I should say? I plan on taking them to the vet on Monday. They are all thriving, sleeping, nursing, and gaining weight daily. They just started opening their eyes as normal. None of the dogs around them are sick and no one has been around them, but the mom and my husband and I, no other people or dogs. Same goes for the mom. And the mom has not left our property. They just went to the vet two wks ago, 24 hrs after birth and they were in perfect health. The dam had regular prenatal care and was in perfect health prior to and during whelping. There were no complications during whelping. I have tried to call my breeding mentor, but she is not answering (it is late here), and I have went through every web page and book that I own and cannot find any info regarding runny noses in newborn puppies, except for herpes, but my dogs were all tested prior to breeding. If anyone has ever had this problem before, or has any idea what it could be then please I am begging for your help and answers.They would be greatly appreciated, thanks. Ps, they are kept in the home at all times and are at an enviromental temp of about 80 degrees ( in their whelping box). There are no drafts so I know that it is not from the cold.
I have not ever had that health issue. But it might be Kennel Cough. You might call your vet office and there should be a phone number to call to ask an emergency question. It would be awful to possibly loose your litter because of a health issue arising on the weekend. Good luck.
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I would call my vet and ask. I know my litter had alot of fluid in there noses, and I had to shake a few down quite a bit. They had slightly running noses until they were about 3ish weeks old. No big deal here. Good luck
Here are a few questions to help you assess how serious this is: Activity level of the pups= normal or not? Are the puppies crying or fussy? Fluid from the noses= clear&watery or thicky and colored? Any sneezing, coughing, hacking in the pups? Temperature of room= are puppies piling up together (too cool)or laying spread out & apart to cool off (too warm)? Is the dam's nose runny? does she have any symptoms? If your gut tells you that these pups are really sick, get them to a vet right away, any delay in treatment could cost you a puppy or the whole litter...better to err on the safe side.