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    Hi everyone,

    I am a first time EB owner and noticed that our 8-week old puppy, Brisket, sounds congested when he sleeps. It doesn't matter the position he is in when he is sleeping, he always sounds that way. We got him about a week ago and had already be dewormed and recieved his first round of shots, but he was the runt of the litter. He has a vet appointment on Friday, but I was hoping for some insight. Is this normal for EB puppies?

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    Hi, it's good that you're having him checked. It is not normal for EB puppies. It could be a variety of things, but you better wait what the vet says. If it gets any worse you better try to get him checked sooner.

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    My 1 year old bully, Jackson, had what I thought was congestion when we got him at 8 weeks. The breeder ( who has bred EBD for 30 years) assured me it was just a little congestion after drinking water or eating. She brought him to the vet to be checked out before we picked him up and his lungs were fine, and they could not find anything wrong. She assured me he would most likely grow out of it. He too was the runt and quite small compared to his littermates. At his first vet visit with me, the vet also could find nothing wrong, but could hear the congestion off and on. What the vet did tell me was that Jackson had an elongated soft palate and that could affect his breathing down the road. Otherwise, he was perfectly normal. I mentioned to the breeder the palate issue and she adamantly disputed the find- she said he was MUCH too young to diagnose it and that all puppies have longer soft palates, and a good percent of them will grow normally! Good news is , Jackson is now 1, he is no longer the runt ( my son has his brother and Jackson has 7 lbs on him!) and the congestion went away on it's own within 4-5 months. We have a new vet and she said his soft palate in completely normal ( she saw him for the first time at 8 months old ). Good to get the congestion checked, watch him after drinking and eating. Hopefully, it is just a "runt" thing and he will grow out of it fine!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiiSi View Post
    Hi, it's good that you're having him checked. It is not normal for EB puppies. It could be a variety of things, but you better wait what the vet says. If it gets any worse you better try to get him checked sooner.
    Yea I am worried for him, but it hasn't gotten any worse over these past few days. It has been on and off. Doesn't happen all the time but mostly when he's dreaming and start yelping and twitching in his sleep so hoping it just has to do with being on the smaller side. Thank for your input, I will definitely keep an eye on him in case it warrants an earlier trip to the vet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mer55 View Post
    My 1 year old bully, Jackson, had what I thought was congestion when we got him at 8 weeks. The breeder ( who has bred EBD for 30 years) assured me it was just a little congestion after drinking water or eating. She brought him to the vet to be checked out before we picked him up and his lungs were fine, and they could not find anything wrong. She assured me he would most likely grow out of it. He too was the runt and quite small compared to his littermates. At his first vet visit with me, the vet also could find nothing wrong, but could hear the congestion off and on. What the vet did tell me was that Jackson had an elongated soft palate and that could affect his breathing down the road. Otherwise, he was perfectly normal. I mentioned to the breeder the palate issue and she adamantly disputed the find- she said he was MUCH too young to diagnose it and that all puppies have longer soft palates, and a good percent of them will grow normally! Good news is, Jackson is now 1, he is no longer the runt ( my son has his brother and Jackson has 7 lbs on him!) and the congestion went away on it's own within 4-5 months. We have a new vet and she said his soft palate in completely normal ( she saw him for the first time at 8 months old ). Good to get the congestion checked, watch him after drinking and eating. Hopefully, it is just a "runt" thing and he will grow out of it fine!!!
    This is so encouraging! I have never raised a runt before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I just couldn't turn him down. He was adorable and my husband loved his laziness! Of course, it was more of a front, as soon as he got home he was everywhere!

    I hope it is just a runt thing. You made me feel a little better about it though, I will be keeping a close eye on him and see what the vet says. Thanks for taking the time to respond! Jackson seems like a great pup! and your both lucky to have each other!

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    Like @RiiSi mentioned wait till vet tells you what’s wrong. For elongated soft palate, it doesn’t happen at that age way too young n that’s “if” it ever happens. I personally would wait for all shots till the lungs clear up. You always want a healthy puppy before getting any shots. There’s no rush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    Like @RiiSi mentioned wait till vet tells you what’s wrong. For elongated soft palate, it doesn’t happen at that age way too young n that’s “if” it ever happens. I personally would wait for all shots till the lungs clear up. You always want a healthy puppy before getting any shots. There’s no rush.
    He has his appointment for his next round of vaccinations on Friday, and I called the vet right now and sent a video of his breathing, they think it may be stenotic nares and may need to be corrected with surgery, but won't have a definite diagnosis until then. Will have to wait and see. Definitely won't let them give him any shots unless lungs are clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrysA724 View Post
    This is so encouraging! I have never raised a runt before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I just couldn't turn him down. He was adorable and my husband loved his laziness! Of course, it was more of a front, as soon as he got home he was everywhere!

    I hope it is just a runt thing. You made me feel a little better about it though, I will be keeping a close eye on him and see what the vet says. Thanks for taking the time to respond! Jackson seems like a great pup! and your both lucky to have each other!
    Keep us posted and lots of pictures please! He is just adorable!! I LOVE his name!!!
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    Here he is sleeping on mommas lap! He will cry nonstop at my desk until I carry him on to my lap for a nap. He’s such a cuddler when he’s not in a bitting mood lol.

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    I just brought Brisket to the vet. His breathing got faster and more shallow, and decided not to risk it
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    Keep us updated! Many prayers for Brisket and you


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    Turns out our little one got into a stack of papers and swallowed a closed staple!! I was horrified! Vet said that it looks like it’s passing through GI tract so to just keep checking for it in his ��. He also had a little cold so he’s on antibiotics. Vet will be seeing him again next week to check in.
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