Your tiny chihuahua: Health problems to watch out for.
Generally, chihuahuas are fortunate as they have fewer genetic defects and health problems than many other dog breeds, but a tiny chihuahua can have some her own health issues.
Here we’ve listed some of the most common health problems that can affect the tiny chihuahua so you know what to look out for.
Four common health problems for tiny chihuahuas
1. Hypoglycemia (Low blood sugar)
Hypoglycemia is a common condition in all toy breeds, and it is important to recognise the symptoms as it can be fatal. Low blood sugar happens when dogs burn off more energy than they take in and due to a chi’s small stomach, it can be common. Signs of low blood sugar include; trembling, disorientation, lack of coordination and difficulty standing or walking.
If you notice any of the symptoms, then it is wise to feed your chihuahua straight away. If they refuse to eat, then give a teaspoon of liquid sugar, such as syrup or honey. If it happens regularly, then change your chi’s feeding schedule to more smaller meals more often throughout the day.
Chihuahua mouths can cause many problems because of their tiny size. With a tiny chihuahua mouth there is a greater risk of teeth overcrowding with can lead to increased plaque and tartar. Harmful bacteria entering the blood stream from problems in the mouth, can lead to damage to the vital organs.
Many chi owners take their pet to have their teeth professionally cleaned to ensure an excellent clean and a healthy, happy chi. Brushing is best but if your chihuahua won’t tolerate it there are things you can do to keep your dogs teeth clean.
It’s such a vital part of your chihuahua’s long-term health that we have written a short ebook about it. How to brush, what products to by and what to avoid. What supplements are a good idea and how to clean your chihuahua’s teeth without brushing, because I have chihuahuas and understand that sticking your finger in their mouth may not be a good idea! Shop here
3. Patellar luxation (loose kneecaps)
Patella luxation is one of the most common ailments in chihuahuas with a predicted 10% of the chi population suffering with it. The condition is when the kneecap slips out of joint in the hind legs.
You will know if your chi is suffering from loose kneecaps as they will likely be hopping while holding one of their hind legs up.
Once your chi relaxes, the knee cap should go back to a normal position. While it is unpreventable, you can soothe and comfort your dog and rest with them until their knee goes back to its normal position. It is wise to avoid high jumps as this can make the joint slip out of place.
4. Fragile bones
A tiny chihuahua is going to be fragile and be prone to broken bones. Care needs to be taken when handling them and they are not suitable dogs for young children. Making sure your tiny chihuahua does not attempt big jumps that could result in broken bones.
4. Hydrocephalus (water on the brain)
Unfortunately for tiny chihuahuas they are exposed to congenital hydrocephalus which is the build-up of fluid that puts pressure on the brain.
Often this disease will start from birth and will be more progressive and noticeable later on in life. It is a very difficult disease to treat, but fortunately for mild cases, a tiny chihuahua can continue to live a normal life into adulthood and beyond.
If you are in anyway worried about your chihuahua then please take him to the vet for a check up.
We always love your feedback if you are managing any of these issues please let us know how you are doing.
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