It was a busy day here at Chiyoko! Our veterinarian came out to do annual health exams, including patellas and heart auscultations - with 13 chin it takes awhile!
Every year our Chin have at least one appointment with our veterinarian who does a thorough exam of their general health, eyes, ears, teeth, coat and weight. He also listens to the heart carefully and checks the patellas, as outlined on the OFA Cardiac and Patellar Luxation forms. Overall the Chin are in good health, including the 3 little fatties who he kindly wrote "slightly overweight" on their health form.
There were no signs of any audible murmurs, even the slightly overweight ones... I have to admit I was a little worried about them and they are now on a diet! I was pleased that our seniors, Aimi, Sachio, Nina and Lucky all still sound normal as well, I always worry about the older ones.
We do have a few stage 1 patellas, both Aimi and Sachio who are now 9 years old this year and Tobby's right patella is beginning to luxate on pressure. Tobby's patellas were both perfect last year at 5, he recently turned 6 years old. I suspect that the change in his right patella is from an injury he sustained about 5 months ago, he is back to normal now but he was sore at the time.
We are pleased to have the annuals and paperwork complete for another year, the OFA got another huge pile of health forms sent in!
That alarming reverse sneeze is generally nothing to worry about.
I encourage you to read the following link that explains what the reverse sneeze is, what potential causes may be, what you can do and when it may be something to have your vet look at.
We are a private, in home, registered kennel. We do not have a true "kennel". All of our little ones share our home with us. The following are a few pictures of our home and where the Chin spend the majority of their time. Of course at night we always have a few bed warmers while the rest stay on our main floor. Our two more dominant boys sleep in their crates as they tend to pick on one another over little things however the rest get along splendidly and remain loose so they get to choose whichever comfy bed/piece of furniture they want.
I get asked quite a lot about Chin colors. The following are the many colors that Chin come in!
Most Chin have a thick, dense coat, that sheds. Yes, Chin shed, quite a lot actually! It is best to start your grooming routine at a young age when they have shorter puppy fur to teach them to stand quietly and enjoy grooming before you have a long coat and mats to get out!
I get asked quite often about grooming so thought I would share my routine. This is just my routine, I am not a groomer and am not affiliated with any of the names/brands in the picture, this is simply what I use/do.
The necessary tools are:
The routine is quite quick once you get into it. For weekly grooming start by sprinkling baby powder all over and mix through the coat to the skin with my fingers (this will detangle the thick coat and freshen in between baths), spray the ears and tail with a good amount of the coat polish, brush the body and tail with the softest brush you can find while the ears are drying. Comb out the ears with the steel comb by pulling the ear forward and combing downwards to get those pesky tangles. Trim any long hair that needs to go, clip the nails, wash the face, give a little kiss and you're done. Do this routinely and you are finished in 15 minutes tops!
I tend to bathe every other month unless they get into something and need a bath or they are showing!
The following is a picture of a brand of products that I quite like but there are a lot of great brands out there.
Sadly, we learnt about tracheal collapse as our older rescue Sailor had the condition. It is a tough one, his final days were so sad, it is an awful condition that we struggled with him for years until we were no longer able to keep him comfortable. We were blessed to have him until his 12th year.
The experience with Sailor really taught us about the trachea and we decided that we would always keep an eye out for any sign of tracheal issues in our Chin and immediately spay/neuter if we saw anything. Do not let anyone tell you this is a minor issue!
The following is an excellent link that explains tracheal collapse well:
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) recommends the following health testing for Japanese Chin:
The following is a very good overall introduction to Brachycephalic Airway Obstructive Syndrome. Not all Chin are prone to it, but if you have a Chin, or are thinking off adding one to your family, you should be aware of what it is, what the signs are and what can be done to help a Chin with this condition.
Note - Brachycephalic airway obstructive syndrome is sometimes confused/diagnosed as allergies, please ask your vet if your Chin has components of the syndrome that could be presenting itself as allergies.
a little of everything
We are continually learning about Chin, as we do so we will share our findings and provide links to interesting articles, etc. on this blog.