Canker Sore in Chihuahuas
Chihuahua wheezing is a serious but often overlooked health problem. Your Chihuahua could be developing a condition known as “Canker Sores” – also known as “Furst Stomatitis”. A Canker sore is simply an inflamed and irritated soft tissue area at the base of a dog’s larynx. Symptoms:
You may notice that your Chihuahua has a white, cotton-like mucus coming from its mouth. You will also notice small amounts of blood on the mucus. You may notice that they have difficulty swallowing or breathing. It is important to start treatment immediately if you notice any of these symptoms because the longer it goes untreated the more damage it can cause to the soft palate, tonsils, and throat.
It is not uncommon for Chihuahua wheezing to occur when they are experiencing or are about to experience a full-blown cold. A cold will usually make them cease their coughing almost immediately. Unfortunately, this is not always the case with Chihuahuas who suffer from Canker Sores. When a cold makes a Chihuahua sneeze and cough, they usually do not stop their coughing right away.
There are several possible causes of Chihuahua wheezing, which include anything from a blockage in the trachea, a structural abnormality in the soft palate or tonsils, a deviated septum, or an overactive thyroid gland. Treatments for Chihuahua dog wheezing can vary widely depending on the cause. In some cases, simple remedies such as nasal dilators, positive air pressure, or syrups can help to alleviate the problem. More serious treatments such as surgery, physical therapy, and medications may be required if the Chihuahua is suffering from a severe case of Canker Sore. If your vet does not consider your Chihuahua a candidate for surgery or other treatments, then there are some natural methods you can try to help them with their Canker Sore.
Since most occurrences of Chihuahua wheezing are triggered by gasping, you should monitor your pets closely to see if they are gasping for air.
You should also be alert for any periods of silence (this could be a sign of more serious issues), excessive licking of the face, rapid blinking or eye movements, increased urination, increased appetite, or abdominal pain. These symptoms could suggest a more serious condition such as Canker Sore. Keep an eye on your pet and watch for these signs to determine if your pet needs veterinary assistance.
Canker Sore can be caused by Cushing’s Disease, which is a genetic disease that is passed down from the mother. When a puppy is infected with Cushing’s, he will begin to experience symptoms similar to Chihuahua wheezing, including a reduction in lung function. Since the majority of symptoms are brought on by inflammation of the airways, treating Cushing’s early is essential in preventing long term complications such as Canker Sore. Since airways become progressively inflamed with Cushing’s, treatment for your dog should include a course of antibiotics. Also, if your dog seems to be losing weight (which also could be a symptom of a Canker Sore) or seems to have noticeably lower energy levels, this should be a warning sign to consult your vet.
Some rare genetic disorders can cause Canker Sore, but there is no cure for it. Most of these disorders have been successfully treated using modern medication. In dogs 1 decade ago, many of these medications did not exist, so the treatment for your dog would be much more limited. There was even a time when surgery was not an option because it was very risky and many dogs would die during the operation. Now, advances in modern medicine have made Canker Sore a treatable condition in dogs. With modern medicine, the complications associated with Canker Sore are minimal, and proper treatment can help your dog survive.
If your Chihuahua is experiencing frequent Canker Sore episodes, it is recommended that you take him to the vet for a complete checkup. Your vet must rule out any serious health problems such as Cushing’s disease or lymphoma. Your vet may also want to do a special test called spirometry to look at the flow of blood in the lung tissue. If your Chihuahua is breathing through his mouth, he may have Canker Sore. Your vet may also want to perform a skin biopsy on your Chihuahua to determine if he has fleas, ringworm, or any other skin problems that could be causing the Canker Sore.