Among many blisses of having a doggo there's always that one thing that spoils the weather – health issues. Although we do everything in our power to keep them healthy and safe, when the bad times kick in, we must be prepared for what's in store. So, let's talk Chihuahua health. Whether you already own a Chihuahua, you're a novice owner or you're thinking about becoming one, here's what you need to know before you become a parent to the most adorable pets in the whole world. Let's talk about common Chihuahua health issues.
Before we begin, let's get something straight. Yes, Chihuahuas tend to act strangely sometimes, and yes they tend to shake much, which can be a sign of a health problem, but worry not, for most common Chihuahua health issues are not that dangerous and can be cured quickly.
So what to look after?
Besides taking care of your furry friend's health by dressing them adequately. Today we talk about some of the health issues only a doctor can resolve.
- Periodontal Disease
- Luxating Patella
Hypoglycemia, old buddy.
One of the most common Chihuahua health issues is Hypoglycemia or like us, mortals like to call it “low blood sugar”. Is it dangerous? Yes, it can be, but let's hop into the matter to understand it better.
Most toy dog breeds are dealing with this problem. Why? Due to their tiny bodies and low body mass, they're unable to store much sugar in their system. Naturally, their brains need sugar to function properly, and when their sugar level drops low, some things may happen...
But, what can cause Hypoglycemia?
Most of today's dog food is grain-based. When in their system, grains turn into sugar. The more such food your Chihuahua eats, the more sugar it gets which eventually can lead to obesity or diabetes, and et voila hypoglycemia.
On the other hand, not getting enough nutrients also poses a risk. Skipping one or two meals is a big NO-NO if you're a Chi parent. Even just one missed meal can cause low blood sugar.
So, how do you know whether your Chi suffers from Hypoglycemia?
If you've noticed your princess is dizzy, weak, or has had trouble walking, this just might be the reason to make haste to the vet, 'cause some serious cases might lead to seizures, comas, or even paralysis.
But fear not, Hypoglycemia is definitely something your Chi can have a happy life with.
When keeping a pet, spoiling your little one is the only thing you wanna do, we know. But, stall there my friend, it's not something your Chi will thank you later for.
Sharing is caring, but sharing too much of your snacks with your Chihuahua may lead to a problem not just for her but for you too.
You certainly don't want your Chi to start experiencing joint pains, spinal injuries, diabetes, breathing difficulties, or not to mention shorter life.
Chihuahuas are sensitive little creatures who need to take care of their daily calorie intake. You want to make sure their diet is balanced and their meals smaller.
Thinking there's a sign of obesity? Make sure you contact your veterinarian a getting your Chi a proper diet plan.
Brushing your teeth is a daily routine for you, but your Chi can't brush their own, can she? So, that's where you take the stage.
Another common Chihuahua health issues are teeth and gum problems. Due to their smallness, toy breed dogs have small mouths, which creates a predisposition for their teeth to be pretty crowded in there.
Enjoying food comes at a cost, as the plaque can be an all-time guest on their teeth, so we can't stress enough how important it is to brush your Chi's teeth often.
Surely, dental chewing toys are a way of help and avoiding feeding your pooch sweets.
One thing is sure, your need to take your prince or princess to the vet for a regular teeth check-up.
So, the other day, while playing around the house with your precious little furry friend, you noticed how they started to limp or hold their hind leg in the air for quite some time. It seems strange, but you thought it was probably nothing to worry about.
And you are right. But!
We don't wanna burst your bubble, but it is probable we're talking about a common Chihuahua health issue many baby chihuahuas experiences – luxating patella or kneecap dislocation.
And, no, it's not painful for them, except when it happens for the first time, but certainly is something you should pay attention to.
Luxating Patella is a genetic disease that's usually manifested around the fourth month of your pet's life.
And while occasional visits to the vet should suffice in monitoring the disease, sometimes surgeries are an inevitable option.
At the end of the day
Having doggos and receiving their unconditional love is the greatest gifts of all. Don't forget to reciprocate and be there for them when they need you. Monitor their behavior, watch them closely, and take them to the vet for regular check-ups.
We hope this article has helped you understand better the common Chihuahua health issues you may run into if being a Chihuahua lover. If your plan on getting one, do consult shelters before you try buying them. There are many adorable Chihuahuas out there waiting for someone to give them a home.
If you liked this article, maybe you would like to read: The 5 Best Chihuahua Carriers that will make your life easier!