Archive for Chi Health

Is Your Chihuahua Too Fat?

Chubby Chi

Oh my goodness. I said the “Fat” word. I myself am a girl of a certain size, but I think my pink belly is cute.

Unfortunately my daddies think I need to lose a pound or two as does the vet. I only weigh 11 pounds or so which is a tad much for a Chihuahua.

Dog obesity is a real problem that affects 25 – 40 percent of dogs. That’s a lot of extra poundage.

Obesity can result in joint injuries, tracheal issues, heart disease and bronchitis, all leading to a shorter life.

The Road to Obesity in Dogs

How did your little puppy grow up into a plus size doggie? Too much food, too many treats and not enough exercise.



A Simple Solution

Cut down on the amount of food you give your Chi. Also less treats and table scraps! Try a calorie calculator.

Limit treats to healthy tidbits. I love mini carrot sticks and crunchy lettuce.

Walk your dog several times a day. This is good for you too!

My daddy takes me on about 4 walks a day. Sometimes I refuse to budge. I call it my anchor trick. But because I’m a “little” Chihuahua my daddy picks me up and carries me far away (about a block) and expects me to walk home. I do not care for this trick. But I do want to get home to my nap.

You will find in time that a thinner Chi is a healthier Chi. I love my treats so please don’t eliminate them all.

Is Your Chihuahua Having a Medical Emergency?

Chihuahua resting in bed

Sometimes all dogs get sick. Their tummies hurt, they get colds, eat bad food or street treats (often found during walks).

When I get stomach oogies sometimes go potty in the house. I’ve learned to use my Wee Wee Pads at night so I don’t have to wake my daddies. This works out well for all of us.

How do you know when it’s time to call the vet?

My daddy will call the vet when he’s really concerned about me. If I act sick and lethargic for more than a day. Or if I have two seizures in a row.

Also if I don’t eat for more than a day, then he’s worried enough to call for advice. I almost never turn down food.

Usually it is recommended you bring your dog in. I hate this and try to avoid the vet whenever possible.

Here’s a list of pet emergencies. I found them at PetPlace.

  • Seizures, especially if more than one in a row, or lasting a long time
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Non-responsive or comatose (very scary)
  • Uncontrollable bleeding (messy and scary)
  • Extreme pain
  • Continued vomiting, especially with blood (yucky and scary)
  • If your pet was struck by a car or some other vehicle (freaky time)
  • Ingesting poisonous material or improper medication (keep an eye on what your dog is getting into)
  • Bloody stools
  • Collapse (in a heap)

Keep your vet’s phone number handy. Also the nearest emergency vet. My daddies have had to visit an emergency vet on nights and weekends when their regular vet was unavailable. This is expensive and unpleasant for all concerned.

Let’s hope you never have to visit a vet in an emergency. I know I want to avoid it if at all possible.

“Caring For Chihuahuas Made Easy”

If you have a Chihuahua or are thinking of getting one, you should check out this “must read for Chihuahua lovers…”.

This book includes everything you need to know about these fantastic little doggies, just like me.

There are tons of info about the breed, personality, health issues, ideal food, and so much more. This book is easy to read, says my daddy and has lots of fun pictures.

I now feel encouraged to lose a little weight and have my teeth cleaned. A little girl has to take care of herself.

Check it out yourself at FamousChihuahua.com.

Caring for Chihuahuas Made Easy

Is Your Chihuahua Stressed?

white chiHolidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas can be very stressful for your little Chihuahuas. The big people that surround us can pass their stress onto us. Even little children knocking on the door can cause us anxiety. There’s yelling, screaming, running, jumping, throwing. Gosh, it’s a wonder we survive from nap to nap.

Like some little dogs, I am prone to seizures. My vet said it’s my brain mis-firing with information overload. Other causes have been ruled out via a blood test.

So every month or two I stiffen up and check out for a minute or so. My daddies are very concerned about me. Dr. Vet recommended adding 4- 6 drops of Rescue Remedy daily to my water dish to help calm me down. It seems to be working because my seizures are less frequent and shorter than they used to be. And if it’s not helping with seizures, at least it makes my daddies feel like they’re doing something helpful.

Clean Teeth Can Save Your Dog’s Life!

Dental Lucy

Regular Brushing is Very Important to Lucy.

Did you know not brushing your dog’s teeth can cause lots of periodontal diseases that can shorten your pet’s life. Our time on earth is very limited so why shorten it by dental neglect.

Here’s why I think you should brush your Chi’s teeth:

  1. Regular brushing prevents plaque buildup.
  2. It’s cheaper to brush than pay for tooth extractions or cleanings.
  3. Your dog will live longer and be healthier.
  4. Cleaner and fresher breath is most welcome.

For specific instructions you might want to read “How to Brush a Chihuahua’s Teeth” from eHow.com. For a slideshow, check out How to Brush a Dog’s Teeth.

You also might enjoy How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth by Dr. William Rosenblad.

To be honest, I don’t really brush my teeth. My daddy used to try doing this task but I resisted.

Please remember to replace your toothbrush every six months. And don’t forget the gums. Germs can collect and they’re oogie. You might try some crunchy dental treats, too.

My vet recommends I have my teeth cleaned. My daddy is worried about taking me in since they will have to put me under to clean my teeth. But I’m sure he will do it soon so I can have a healthy happy mouth.

Trust me, I will not be pleased getting this procedure, but if I must, I must.

I’ve gathered a few new articles online for you to read. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.

Dog Dental Health – What You Need to Know

Halitosis (Bad Breath) in Dogs

Attrition (Worn Teeth) in Dogs

7 Helpful Articles for Dog Lovers

Keep your Chihuahua safeDogs make wonderful companions. You want to keep them safe and happy. Here’s seven great articles that will help you to make their lives better.

How to Plant a Dog-safe Garden

6 Deadly Poisons That Could Kill Your Dog

Top 20 Human Food that Poison Dogs in the U.S.

Dyspnea (Trouble Breathing) in Dogs

5 Surprising Spring Pet Hazards

The Power of Dogs: How Your Dog Can Change Your Life

Catching Your Dog’s Noise and Storm Phobia Early

Top 5 Holiday Tips for Your Dog from PetPlace.com

Holiday Tips For Your DogPetPlace.com is filled with lots of interesting and helpful articles on a variety of pets. I love checking out the ones on dogs so I can share what I learn.

Here’s some very important tips I curated from PetPlace.com for your dog’s safety during the holidays.

I hope you enjoy it.

#1. Holiday Plant Toxins:

They may be pretty, but some holiday plants are poisonous—and even deadly—to our dogs (and cats). Avoid exposing your dog to pine needles, holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias.

#2. Holiday Food Hazards:

Unfortunately, many of our festive treats and traditional snacks can also be dangerous to our dogs. Pay close attention to your dog around any of the following: chocolates, fat trimmings, bones, and nuts (especially almonds, walnuts, pistachio, and macadamia).

#3. Dangerous Holiday Decorations:

Many of our standard holiday decorations look like toys to our dogs. Be cautious with tinsel, shiny ornaments, candles, flickering lights (especially the cords), and gift wrapping and ribbon.

#4. Keeping Your Dog on Santa’s “Nice” List:

With all the activity of the holidays, your dog may get over-excited – which can lead to bad behavior. The solution: a well-exercised dog is a happy (and tired) dog. Take your dog for a long walk or extended exercise sessions before your guests arrive, you sit down to dinner, or you leave your pet alone for an extended period.

#5. A Regular Schedule=a Regular Dog:

Keeping your dog on his or her regular schedule will help ensure that there are no accidents to dampen the holidays. Staying on your current walking and feeding schedule, with your dog’s current food brand, will make for a happy pet owner and pup.

Be sure to check out PetPlace for more great tips.

Save Your Doggie From Too Much Food

Chihuahua FoodAll dogs love to eat. Some are more discriminating than others. This is sometimes a learned behavior, brought on by human-types. You know who you are.

I love to eat too. I have conditioned my daddy to give me extra treats and add-ons to my regular dog food. Not cool, but delicious. Don’t copy this bad behavior.

Start with a really good quality dog food. I recommend Merrick. I’ve been eating Turducken for years and love it. Daddy adds Tyson chicken for an extra tasty treat.

Be sure to give your doggie plenty of exercise, but take care to avoid the heat.

Check these articles out:

Gluttony Bloat in Dogs

My dog just ate a loaf of bread and some rolls – what should I do?

Gastric (Stomach) Foreign Body in Dogs

Don’t forget your Merrick Turducken. Give it a try.

Merrick Turducken Dog Food 13.2 oz (12 Count Case)

Don’t Kill Your Dog with Poison!

Drinking ChihuahuasThere are so many ways your little doggie can be poisoned. Even common foods such as grapes and raisins or chocolate can kill your Chihuahua. We’re very small, as a breed, and it doesn’t take much to upset our tummies. I could go on and on about house cleaning chemicals and plants and a whole variety of toxic objects, but instead I’ll refer you to these great articles on the subject. I personally curated this list of articles, with a little help from my daddy.

That gives me more time to nap between healthy snacks.

Chemical Burns in Dogs

Your Guide to Common Dog Poisonings

Ethylene Glycol Toxicosis in Dogs

Are onions toxic to dogs? What should you do if he eats some?

Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs

Nontoxic Items Commonly Eaten by Dogs

Are Vaccines Safe for Your Dog?

This is quite the controversial question. I don’t interact with too many dogs so I don’t get all the vaccines.

Here’s some really good articles on Vaccines from PetPlace…

The Irreverent Vet Speaks out on “What Vaccines Does Your Dog Really Need?”

Solution to the Vaccine Controversy – Canine Vaccine Titer Testing

The Vaccine Volume Debate: Does Your Dog’s Size Matter?

Adverse Vaccine Reactions in Dogs

dog vaccinations

Warning: This is not a Chihuahua…