Hi! I have a couple of questions please.
So I got a puppy, her name is Chloe. She weighs 14lbs, she was really picky with her food but we found some she liked (Taste of the Wild). She is about 11 weeks, I got her about 8 weeks from a reputable breeder, which is a fine age to get her. her health is perfect... She's perfect. My questions are at the bottom, they are specific so please read the whole thing. Nothing has anything to do with her breeder or chewing or her general health. Shes been to the vet for her vaccinations and deworm and check up, she has another appt on tue where we will talk to the vet about this. Please just read the whole thing, I'm not a moron.
There are a few behaviors that I'm concerned about and thought maybe someone here might have experienced something similar and could provide some insight. I have a vet appointment on Tuesday but I thought I would ask because you guys collectively probably know more about dobermans than even a vet, and the research I have done is not helping.
Please read the whole thing because it all goes together...
Sometimes it seems like her ears are bothering her, she paws them, puts her paws over her face and rubs, scratches them and just acts under the weather like; whiny, cute, etc. It seems like her lymph nodes in her neck are a little swollen but I'm basing that off of experience with humans so I don't know for sure. Shes been doing it longer but it has concerned me for a couple of days...
She sleeps in her crate and in the mornings we take her potty and then she stays in there until her dad is out of the shower, he gets her out, he does stuff with her, plays with her, feeds her, and then puts her on the couch with me, we sleep until its time to get up. Every morning between his shower time and the time he gets her out of her crate, she is awake and whines off and on because she is still crate training and gets a little excited and restless to get out so she can play.
During this time, I started quietly, from the couch, teaching her how to sing like gismo does in gremlins, and to make other noises and stuff - I'll look stuff up on youtube and then play it for her and she tries to copy it. She loves it, she is amazing and the cutest thing you have ever heard in your life (I call it singing but there's whining, high pitched barking, howlingish sounds, and even low pitched vocalization and sounds. She makes all kinds of sounds until she finds the pitch shes looking for to match what I've played (crazy I know but shes really smart I guess)... BUT, the last 2 days, she sings for a little while and then she'll cough and dry heave, then try to sing again, cough and dry heave. This morning she did the same, sing, cough, dry heave and then I'm pretty sure she threw up in her mouth (from what I read, if they smack, that's how you can tell, she did that.) So I told her to shhhh and stopped playing sing with her because I was worried it was hurting her throat or air pipe or something.
Here are the facts and then I have 2 questions.
I did an exam last night.
- I believe she's teething, she has gotten extra bitey in the last week or so and has exhibited mild whiny, restlessness.
- No ear discharge
- No smell, in fact she smells so good like a little cute puppy
- Eats perfectly, although may be shying away from hard food a bit, its hard to say because she loves soft food so much.
- Plays good
- Has energy the vast majority of the time, seems normal, feisty, playful.
- Maybe semi swollen lymph nodes, maybe.
- Seems to exhibit discomfort when I press her ears, which didn't used to affect her at all.
- Coughing, gagging, dry heaving and maybe regurgitated in her mouth twice, both after concentrated vocalization.
- Occasional runny nose.
- Stinky gas (lol, you don't have to include that.)
- Is my dog dying?
- Is all of this most likely from teething?
- Does she have and ear infection?
- Is she fine?
- Could the singing be hurting her throat (should we stop or is it ok)?
- Could she have a cold?
- Could she have a collapsed trachea?
- Could she be a vampire, land shark or dober beast and I'm just not aware of it?
I have done so much research and I take really good care of her so please just focus on the symptoms and your experiences, and remember, shes going to the vet in 2 days (but I'm not sure he will understand the singing part)
Thank you for your help.