I have 2 Chi's, both girls (spayed of course). One is 12 years old and the other just turned 1 year on December 7th. Both are full blooded Chihuahua's. The younger one is little...only 3 lbs 14 oz and is full grown and so far very healthy. She has been seen often over the past year for her immunizations and then spaying , and we have been told us she is healthy. Our older one was very health until September 2011, when we were told she had a heart murmur, and then by November she was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure (I took her in when she seemed to cough a lot and acted like she just couldn't get her breath). We were told she would probably not make it even 6 months then. I changed Vets, because as a Retired RN who worked Pediatrics for years I thought there was surely more they could do. Well I'm glad I did, because they changed her medication and they see her almost every month now to take off extra fluid she has retained from her heart failure. She has lived long past the 6 months we were given and for the moment is holding her own! It is now about 18 months since we were told she had only 6 months are less! I thank God for every day I still have her to Love!
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Two of our four chi's do this every time they get even a little excited. Since our meals excite them, we are serenaded by honking chi's at every meal. Those two are each 3 lbs each, our two larger chi's only do it once in a while. I worked for a vet for many years, and found this to be a common problem in toy breeds.
My Chi does this reverse sneezing thing often. When she does, I pick her up, rub her neck/throat area and softly tell her to calm down, that it is ok. The "attack" usually lasts no more then a full minute, although at times it seems like it goes on for 10 minutes. Our vet told us the same thing about the reverse sneezing. Magic is a toy Chi, so I guess she gets the attacks more often then other dogs.
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Atlas, has started this A LOT this year as well. That eases my mind for sure. Will research the other one as well. Do not think it is the other one. Thanks for creating this topic. It has really helped A Lot. So you work for a vet or are you a vet? These are things that you have seen.
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Occasional bouts of sneezing, snorting, honking and wheezing are not unusual in chihuahuas, and is sometimes called a "reverse sneeze". This is usually caused by an elongated soft palate that is thought to become temporarily misaligned. It is a common trait in toy breeds. Pulling hard on a leash, drinking too fast or getting overly excited can lead to an episode of reverse sneezing. Reverse sneezing SHOULD NOT be confused with a different condition called "collapsed trachea".
Although reverse sneezing may appear to be scary, it only lasts a short time and can be ended by massaging the dog's neck and throat and encouraging the dog to swallow or lick. Another way to slow the reverse sneeze is to clap your hands to distract the dog, or pinch closed the dog's nostrils with your fingers, forcing it to breathe through its mouth and to swallow.
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