Should I take my dog to the vet after adopting?
Once you get your newly adopted pet home and start to get them settled, it’s time to get them in for a wellness exam at the veterinarian. This visit is a great time to help your dog or cat have positive associations with trips to the vet so they don’t develop life-long fears. …
Is it possible to prevent health problems in Chihuahuas?
Of course you can’t prevent some of the health problems your dog develops, but you can prevent or treat many of them. And overall, chihuahuas are healthy little dogs and they have the longest lifespans of all dog breeds. This was a guest post by Cathy Bendzunas!
What to do if your Chihuahua has a collapsed trachea?
This is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment by your vet or local animal hospital. Collapsed tracheas are very common and have a good prognosis when treated proactively. Your vet may prescribe cough suppressants or a steroid to open your Chihuahua’s airway as much as possible.
What causes a Chihuahua to lose an eye?
It hardens over time when left untreated and can cause a Chihuahua to lose an eye. Chihuahuas are prone to eye issues even more than other small breeds. Thankfully, most parasites can be prevented with access to clean drinking water and regular check-ups.
What kind of disease does a Chihuahua have?
It is a hereditary disease that usually starts to present about four months after a puppy is born. A Chihuahua with a luxating patella may limp or avoid using the affected leg completely. If it affects your dog’s hind legs, you may notice him/her holding their hind legs in the air for several minutes at a time.
What should I do if my Chihuahua has a weight problem?
If you want your Chihuahua, or any other type of dog for that matter, to live a long and healthy life, you must keep an eye on their weight and make the necessary adjustments when required. First and foremost, you must identify IF your Chihuahua actually has a weight problem or if they are just big-boned.
How big did Papper the Chihuahua get to be?
Papper, my pet chihuahua used to weigh 11.6 lbs and she was a fatty. After walking down a 15ft hallway, she would be breathing very heavy, sometimes begin a congestive cough as well. She was extremely overweight and getting worse, so I decided to change her diet.
What happens if you have a chihuahua that is obese?
It can lead to heart disease, diabetes (yes, Chihuahuas can become diabetic too), premature wearing of the joints, arthritis, and it lowers their overall life expectancy. If you believe your Chihuahua is obese or on the verge of becoming obese, you need to take the necessary action to get them back to a healthy weight.