Caring for a pet that is so much a part of your family is no child’s play. Those regular visits to the vet, careful feeding to ensure that the pet’s diet is balanced and regular grooming are very much an integral part of the pet’s regimen which ensures that your chihuahua is happy and healthy. Outlined below are some common tips which will help you care for your pet better.
Teacup Chihuahua Vaccinations
Every pet needs to be vaccinated. This is not only for the wellness of the pet but also for your safety. Rabies is a deadly virus and the dog is the carrier of this virus. As soon as you have brought home the Teacup Chihuahua, visit the vet and obtain a vaccination chart for her. Ensure that she is vaccinated against all the common pet diseases such as distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis,parainfluenza, parovirus, Lyme disease, bordetella and rabies.
Teacup Chihuahua Diet
Chihuahuas are not fussy eaters and because of its small size you must be careful not to overfeed it. Providing your teacup chihuahua the proper diet is one of the most important aspects of dog care. Carefully research which diet is best for your chihuahua, your local veterinarian will help you decide. Due to their small size, Teacup Chihuahuas ideally require three meals a day which contain sufficient amounts of proteins, carbohydrates and fiber to meet its energy requirements. They should be fed quality dog food, dry or mixed, with some supplements. Chihuahuas also enjoy some fruits and vegetables. Always provide clean water for them to drink.
Teacup Chihuahua Grooming
There are two types of chihuahuas, the short haired variety which requires little more than daily brushing and the occasional bath when dirty - be sure to blow dry your chihuahua so it doesn't catch a cold, and the long haired variety which requires special grooming procedures. Brush the longcoat with a soft bristle brush once or twice a week. Remember that all dogs shed to some degree.
All dogs have nails which need to be trimmed. Invest in a good pair of nail clippers and trim nails regulary approximately every two weeks or have the dog's nails trimmed professionally on a regular basis. Your chihuahua needs his teeth brushed, just like a human, to control tartar build up. Make sure you buy a toothbrush and toothpaste that are made just for dogs.
Ticks often find the coat of your Teacup Chihuahua an ideal home! This is not healthy for your pet or for you. Regular grooming and bathing with an anti tick shampoo will keep your Chihuahua tick free.
A trained dog makes the best companion. Do not let them rule the roost!! You must let them know who is boss without being cruel. If you wouldn't tolerate certain behaviours in a larger dog then you shouldn't let your chihuahua behave this way either. Establish rules from the start to prevent the formation of bad habits. Be consistent in applying these rules so that your dog will know what behaviours are acceptable. Develop a regular schedule for eating, eliminating, exercise and sleeping and reward your dog when he is successful. Teacup Chihuahuas are very sensitive and cannot take very harsh discipline but do not give in to your pet’s fancies or you could end up with a terror on your hands.
This toy dog breed can get all the exercise it needs by running around and playing indoors. However for mental stimulation they do like being outside and going for small walks. If the weather is cold make sure they are dressed warmly. If it is sunny and hot it is better to keep them indoors as chihuahuas can easily get sun burned. They should never be left alone in a back yard, they love to play with toys but are much happier when they have the attention of their owner.
Things You Will Need For Your Chihuahua
- Food and Water Bowls
- Dog Food
- Collar and Leash
- Baby gates
- Grooming Tools
- ID Tag
Identifying Your Chihuahua
Chihuahuas are very small dogs and teacup chihuahuas are even smaller. They can slip through tiny openings and potentially get lost. It is important to provide your animal with some sort of identification so that if someone finds him they can make arrangements to return your dog. Which ever method you choose, it is important to register your animal and to keep the contact information up to date. There are basically 3 ways you can identify your dog.
- Attach collar and ID tag
- Microchip your chihuahua
- Tattoo your chihuahua
A collar and an ID tag is the most common means of identification. They come in all shapes and sizes and is the cheapest alternative. Choose one that matches your dogs personality! Unfortunately these tags can sometimes fall off so make sure you check on a regular basis to make sure it is still attached.
A Microchip is a permanent, more expensive option because the procedure has to be performed at a veterinary clinic. The microchip containing your contact information is contained in a small capsule approximately the size of a grain of rice. It is injected under the skin with a needle. Your contact information is then stored in a national database. If your dog is lost it can be taken to the humane society or animal shelter for scanning identification.
Tattoo identification, also permanent, consists of a number that is tattooed on the dog's earflap or inner thigh. It should be done once the chihuahua has reached adult size so that the numbers do not become distorted as the animal grows. Again you must register the information in a national database for reference should your dog go missing.
10 Common Signs of Illness in your Chihuahua
There is nothing worse than having a sick pet. Your loyal companion isn't acting the way he or she usually does, perhaps they are more lethargic or not interested in their food. These are some of the signs that all is not well with your chihuahua and a visit to the veterinarian is in order. The vet can perform various medical tests to rule out serious health issues and identify underlying illness before they become major concerns. Saving you money in the long run!
but how can you recognise the common symptoms of ill health in your chihuahua?
- Unusual gain or loss in appetite
- Change in activity level
- Excessive sleeping
- Coughing or sneezing or difficulty in breathing
- Dry, cloudy or red eyes
- Frequent urination or excessive drinking
- Difficulty climbing stairs, joint stiffness
- Bad breath, drooling
- Dry itchy skin, shaking of head, sores or lumps
- Change in bowel movements, constipation or diarrhea
If you notice any of these syptoms in your chihuahua please don't hesitate to take your dog to the vet for a check up. If you seek treatment early you will have your companion for many more years to come.
Health Care Tips for Spring
Heartworm disease is caused when a parasite is passed from dog to dog by mosquito bites. This can be treated either with a chewable tablet or topical ointment. Flea control for dogs should also be top of mind for owners, as fleas can jump from one animal to another and potentially result in an infestation.
There are many topical and oral products available on the market, which can help prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks and some will also cover intestinal parasites. Your dog can be covered for all of these diseases with one or two products a year, which will help prevent the transference of these diseases from one dog to the other.