Raising and Taking Care of a Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are very unique from other dog breeds and usually require extra special attention from their owners. While they are wonderful pets and bring a great deal of joy to everyone around them, they need a good home and deserve proper care.

Chihuahuas are very alert, intelligent, and caring. Chihuahua puppies grow to be beautiful loving companions who give and demand lots of attention, and are fiercely loyal to their housemates.

Chihuahua Coats: Smooth And Long Haired: We all have a basic idea of what your average Chihuahua looks like, but did you know that it is classified by the type of coat it has? The two main types of Chihuahua coats are the smooth coat and long coat/long haired Chihuahua. 

No matter the coat type of this loveable dog, correct grooming techniques will make its coat shine just like new. Oh, don't forget to give your Chihuahua's coat a bath every so often!

Grooming Tips For Your Chihuahua: Let's face it -- while Chihuahuas are great dogs to have, they will inevitably get dirty and require grooming. If you have a smooth coat Chihuahua, brushing it once a week will help keep it shiny and healthy. 

As in other breeds with large protruding eyes, Chihuahuas are prone to eye infections or eye injury. The eyes may water frequently in response to dry air, dust or air-borne allergens.
To keep them clean, try dripping a small amount of saline solution onto a cotton ball and then gently wiping the dog's eyes. Daily wiping will keep the eyes clean and minimize tea
r staining.

Don't forget that good grooming also includes regular nail trimmings and bathing of your Chihuahua. With the proper upkeep and maintenance, though, you will keep your Chihuahua clean, healthy, and infection-free. 

Chihuahua Health Risks: This breed requires expert veterinary attention in areas such as birthing and dental care.
Although Chihuahuas are usually healthy, they do have special health considerations, both as puppies and as adults. For puppies, starting at birth through age sixteen weeks, you should be aware of some potential health issues.
Chihuahuas can be at risk for hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, which is especially dangerous for puppies. Left unattended, hypoglycemia can lead to coma and death but can be avoided with frequent feedings, especially for chihuahuas who are younger, smaller or leaner.
Chihuahua owners should have a simple sugar supplement on hand to use in emergencies, such as, Nutri-Cal, 
Karo syrup or honey. These supplements can be rubbed on the gums and roof of the mouth to rapidly raise the blood sugar level.
Signs of 
hypoglycemia include lethargy, sleepiness, low energy, uncoordinated walking, unfocused eyes and spasms of the neck muscles or head pulling back or to the side, fainting and seizures.

Chihuahuas And Chocolate: A Dangerous Combination: Chocolate is usually thought of as a good tasting sweet or delicious candy bar. This is just the opposite when you bring Chihuahuas into the mix, as chocolate is toxic to them.
More specifically, a naturally occurring compound found in chocolate (called theobromine) is what makes chocolate so dangerous to dogs.

Be extra careful around holidays such as Halloween, Easter, and Christmas to make sure your Chihuahua doesn't munch on any chocolate containing treats.
With a bit of effort and a 
watchful eye, you can keep your Chihuahua safe from this potentially deadly threat.

Want A Chihuahua That's Happy, Healthy, And FULL Of Life?
Whether your Chihuahua is a young puppy or a mature adult, whether you've owned a Chihuahua all your life or picked one up just today -- 
you'll turn into a Chihuahua expert in no time, thanks to this quick, fun, and easy Chihuahua Care Handbook!

Here are just a few examples of the many things you'll learn with this incredible book:
  • Find out where Chihuahuas come from -- uncover their history and ancient origins (page 6)

  • When and at what temperatures you should never walk your Chihuahua outdoors (page 7)

  • An extremely detailed description of a standard Chihuahua's physique, and the things that will disqualify it at dog shows (pages 7 and 8)

  • The two types of coats Chihuahuas have, what they look like, and which one sheds the least (page 9)

  • Temperament and behavioral characteristics of the average Chihuahua as well as the importance of proper socialization at an early age (pages 10-12)

  • The amount of space and exercise a Chihuahua really needs. The answer may surprise you! (page 13)

  • Chihuahua care bathing tips -- when to bathe, which areas you should avoid getting wet, and how to keep your Chi warm (also on page 13)

  • The dangers of using a collar and leash vs. a body harness when exercising with or walking your Chihuahua (page 14)

  • An example feeding schedule for Chihuahua puppies, how to tell when your dog needs to go on a diet, and what things you must never feed it (pages 14 and 15)

  • Grooming tips, which include: eye care, nail clipping tricks of the trade, and more! (pages 16 and 17)

  • Massive amounts of health information that could potentially save your Chihuahua's life!
    Topics covered: "reverse sneezing," general vaccinations, hypoglycemia, low fatty acids, obesity, pre-vaccinations, slipped stifle, vaccinosis... and more!
     (pages 18-23)

  • The type of person that makes a good Chihuahua owner, the pros and cons of owning one, and how children get along with them (pages 24-26)

  • Four full pages all about housebreaking your Chihuahua! Learn about physical problems, what to do about indoor accidents, word association, differences between crate and paper training, etc. (pages 27-30)

  • Critical information you must know before breeding Chihuahuas (pages 31 and 32)

  • Six quick facts that all Chihuahua owners shouldn't be without! (page 33)

  • Over seven important myths and truths surrounding Chihuahuas -- including their cost, how long  they live, if they really help asthma or not, the "teacup" controversy, etc. (pages 34-37)

  • How to adopt the perfect Chihuahua for you or your family -- and find out about the major Chihuahua rescue organizations (page 38)

  • And that's not all... There's even more information in the book!

Not only will you learn the answers to the most commonly asked questions about raising and taking care of a Chihuahua, but you'll have a blast doing it!

Better the relationship between yourself and your Chihuahua. By taking better care of it, you both benefit.

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