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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My shitzu had puppies and they are a week old and my shitzu

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My shitzu had puppies and they are a week old and my shitzu seems to be breathing extra hard at feeding what should I do
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

My primary concern is hypocalcemia (eclampsia) which can initially present as panting which can progress to dyspnea (difficulty breathing). Supportive evidence of eclampsia includes anxiety, restlessness, pacing, whining, disinterest in her pups, pruritis (itchiness) and biting at her feet. Are you seeing any of these symptoms or any other worrisome symptoms?