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Friday, February 22, 2013

Caring For Chihuahuas - Basic Chihuahua Care

Caring for Chihuahuas can be a lot of fun and if you do it right you can greatly increase the quality of life your Chihuahua has. Basic Chihuahua care is not difficult and with a little knowledge about what to do, you can keep them healthy for a long time.
Today Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club. Because of their small size when caring for Chihuahuas you have to careful when you are bathing them. Since they have such a small body mass, they have trouble maintaining their body heat when wet, so as soon as you get done bathing them be sure to thoroughly dry them off with some towels.
Also after bathing them it is a good time to trim their toenails. After bathing them their toenails are softer than normal. The best way to trim a Chihuahua's toenails are with a guillotine type toenail clippers. You can get this type of clipper from most pet stores. Also while trimming dog nails you will want to have a bottle of Kwik Stop powder available in case you trim too far back and hit the quick. The quick is an area of the toenail where there is the blood supply to the nail. If you cut into the quick there will be bleeding. By directly applying the Quick Stop powder you can stop the bleeding rapidly.
When you first get your Chihuahua it is also a good idea to pet proof your house. To start this, survey your house, garage, and yard for anything you think might be a danger for your dog. Wrap electrical cords or hide them out of the way. Cleaners and chemicals should be stored in a closed cabinet. Plants that are toxic to dogs should be placed in an area where the dogs cannot reach them. Remember Chihuahuas are very curious animals and are constantly exploring their environment, so be proactive when pet proofing your house.
Also when caring for Chihuahuas, once a month it is a good idea to give them a quick little physical exam. You don't have to be a veterinarian to be able to do a rudimentary physical exam. Start at the head and examine the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth for signs of redness or drainage, which could be signs of infection. Run your hands all over the body to check for any lumps or masses. By doing this simple little physical exam every month you will learn a lot more about your Chihuahua.
Chihuahuas may be one of the oldest breeds of dogs but they are also one of the most delicate despite their temperament. Take caution when caring for Chihuahuas and they can live a long healthy life.
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Chihuahua Ear Care

Chihuahua ear care is one of the most important health factors to monitor in your pet.  A healthy dogs ear should be pink and clean and with no odor. Drainage, foul odor and ear scratching are reasons to take your dog to the vet. If you think there's a problem you should not start a treatment without consulting a Vet. Your veterinarian will also do a culture or cytology of the ear by getting a sample of the inner ear and looking through the microscope for organisms causing the infection. An x-ray may be taken as well. Once your doctor has made a definitive diagnosis, the treatment will be prescribed.

The most common ear problem is ear infection. If you see your dog shaking its head frequently, red ears, scratching or pawing the ear or rubbing the ear on the ground he could have a ear infection.  Usually dogs with large, floppy ears are more prone to infection.Chihuahua ears do generally stand up, this allows air to circulate through them and keep them dry and ventilated. An infection caused by yeast usually produces a brown or black ear discharge. Bacterial infections can produce a yellow discharge and can also emit an odor. Ear infections usually start out mild, and in the outer ear. These infections are easily treated by your vet in the early stages of the problem. This should never go untreated as they can lead to middle and inner ear infections.
Dog ear infections may be prevented by cleaning your Chihuahuas ears about once or twice a week. Cleaning them helps to prevent the common problem of infections (Otis Externa) which occurs when bacteria, mites and other microorganisms enter the ear. These bacteria thrive on the environment like a dog's ear because it's a warm, dark and moist area. To clean them squirt a small amount of an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal cleaning medication into the ear canal and massage the ear with the ear flap (20 - 30 seconds) to increase its effect. This should loosen any unwanted debris. Wipe away the debris with a cotton ball. Place a small amount of the solution onto a cotton ball and wipe the outer portions of the dog's ear. Immediately upon release watch out, your dog will go running away from you. Please know that cleaning your dog's ears with q-tips can cause a painful punctured ear drum if you put it in too far or if your dog jerks his head suddenly. They can also push an infection deeper into the ear and cause your dog to lose its hearing.

Ear infections are also related to skin allergies, especially food hypersensitivity dermatitis and canine atopy. Dogs with these conditions often develop inflamed ears. The dog's ears become very itchy, which creates an 'itch-scratch-itch' cycle that in turn creates scabs around the ear, hair loss, crustiness, and raw skin. The ear canals become filled with a brown wax.
Anti-fungal medication may be used for repeat yeast infections. If ear problems are due to allergies your dog may be treated with anti-allergy medications and possibly a change in its diets. Allergy to food products is common and correlates with ear infections in some cases. Use the ear cleaning solution that contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial medications made for dogs as directed by your Vet. Antibiotics may be used in cases of severe bacterial infection.
After treatment at home it is very important to a have a follow-up visit to your vet to determine if any additional treatment is necessary. Some dogs are also allergic to some ear medications. A common one is an antibiotic called neomycin, but can be any ear treatment products including cortisone, nystatin, chloramphenicol, thiabendazole, gentamicin, miconazole, and clortrimazole.