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Experience:  DVM from Iowa State University in 1994; actively engaged in private regular and emergency practice since that time.
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My puppy is 3 and a half weeks old and is suddenly sneezing

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Hi my puppy is 3 and a half weeks old and is suddenly sneezing milk from her nose. My brother and sister keeps bathing them as soon as they get a little dirty and wont listen to a thing i say. What do i do?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Winnie.
JA: Anything else I can tell the Veterinarian before I connect you two?
Customer: The mother had been put down a week ago she got mastitis and gangrene.. we cant afford to go to the vet because i spent every cent trying to save my baby girl (mother dog) but i couldn't.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
Hello,I'm Dr. Jo and I'm a licensed veterinarian with more than twenty years of experience. I'm so sorry you're going through this difficult situation with Winnie and the loss of her mother. My heart goes out to you. I wanted to let you know that the most common reason for a 3 1/2 week old puppy to sneeze milk from her nose is a cleft palate. Sometimes you can see this for yourself by looking for a crack or space in the roof of the mouth. Another cause would be aspiration. When puppies are unable to nurse from their mothers and have to be fed by hand instead, they can breathe in the formula and it can come out their noses. This can lead to pneumonia and be fatal, so it's really important to feed carefully to avoid it. I wish there was some type of home remedy I could recommend for you, but it's important to let you know there isn't. Sneezing formula (milk) from her nose is either:No big deal because she just ate a little to aggressively and got some milk up there, or...A problem with the way she is eating or being fed that could result in pneumonia, or...A symptom of a cleft palate, which also can be life-threateningI'm so sorry for everything you've been through, but I'm afraid this is one more problem that will require medical care to solve. I want you to know financial assistance can be made available. Here is a link to some resources for helping with vet bills. Don't worry that the title of the page says it is in South Florida and is for dachshunds; many of these resources are available nation wide. I wish you the best of luck with your puppy.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.
Hello,Just checking to ask how things are going with your little puppy. I've been worried.Thank you.