Had an incident last night, all of his legs were rapidly twitching and it stopped when he tried to cough up something. He was completely responsive the whole time and even walking but I wanted to be on the safe side so I took him to the vet tonight for just a checkup and below are the results. Obviously without xrays, blood testing they can’t say definitively, but the vet had a general idea.
Cooper is an overweight 6 year old Chihuahua, I knew he was overweight and I knew that was the cause of his coughing (they think early signs of trachea collapse). I have been measuring his food out but turns out today I was still giving him more than I needed, I was giving him the food to maintain not lose the weight. Rewind to over a year ago, he slid and hit one of his hind legs, I googled it last year and to me it was a luxating patella. Not a bad one as he never really limped, it isn’t lame and it hasn’t affected his running or walking or appetite. You can only tell that leg is stiffer in the gate when he walks. So when I went to the vet tonight I wanted to cover the muscle movement, patella and coughing.
Just like I suspected, it’s a luxating patella but with the feeling the vet did and the fact that it hasn’t hampered his movement the vet said just to watch it and small breeds are prone to it and only worry if it worsens. Without the proper tests she couldn’t truly tell about the throat but said it could be early signs with trachea and to make him lose weight. The big thing was muscle leg movement, she is not worried since he was still moving around and fully mentally aware she doesn’t think it was a seizure or stroke and to just watch it, it might just be him trying to muster up to vomit for whatever reason.
I feel like a horrible dad to Cooper with his weight, leg and trachea but she said the only thing in my control is his weight. She told me not to worry about the back leg unless it gets worse and he is not showing any pain and the throat thing is common and could drastically get better with weight loss.
Here is the kicker, Cooper weighs 15 pounds! I thought he was 12, he was 12 in 2012. He hasn’t been getting more food he just doesn’t work it off so I am switching to Hill’s Science Diet and within the next year trying to get him down to 10-11 pounds since he is a bigger Chihuahua anyways.
Did some advice, for his ideal weight of 10, the food says ¾ of a cup a day. I have been giving him plain cooked chicken in the mornings with dog food at night. I know an ounce of chicken is 30 calories, how do I factor that in with the food intake? The food says the measured amount but not the calorie intake of that amount, any help would be appreciated.
Overall, a bum leg not really hindering him, a throat not in perfect condition and overweight. Losing the weight will help with it all.
Here is the food…. Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Perfect Weight Small & Toy Breed - Dry