Common Health Issues with Teacup Chihuahua’s
There can be some health issues that are associated with Teacup Chihuahua dogs, therefore, ensuring that you pick a puppy that is healthy and strong is important. Here is a listing of those health problems:
- Hydrocephalus which is a common health problem even among other toy dog breeds. A Chihuahua dog who have this problem are lethargic and possess an abnormally large head while having a slow growth compared to its siblings.
- Collapsed trachea which is caused by the weakening or incomplete formation of a Chihuahua’s cartilaginous rings in its trachea. The condition is either acquired or congenital. Other small dog breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian, Maltese Pug, Toy Poodle, Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu are affected with this problem.
- Pulmonic stenosis this is when the dog’s blood outflow from its heart’s right ventricle is being obstructed, then this is the result.
- A molera is a soft spot found in the skull of an apple-head Chihuahua. The Teacup Chihuahua breed is the dog breed born with this condition. A molera is not a defect but a normal adaptation since it facilitates the pup’s passage through a birth canal as well as helping the growth and development of the puppy’s skull. As the Chihuahua ages, the molera will eventually close, but during the first six months, great care must be done to ensure the animal does not suffer from a head injury. In some cases, the molera will close incompletely.
- Hypoglycemia also known as low blood sugar. Signs of this problem are neck muscle spasms, fainting, seizures, sleepiness, lethargy, unfocused eyes, uncoordinated walking, and head pulling back and to the side. This particular health problem can be solved by using a simple sugar supplement like honey, Nutri-Cal, and Karo syrup.
- Obesity which is often a result of overfeeding from the Teacup Chihuahua’s owner. Discretion must be used as to how much food the dog must be feed.
- Chronic bronchitis is another side-effect of a Chihuahua’s obesity which can also lower life expectancy.
- Susceptible to cold The Teacup Chihuahua dog will shiver or tremble when exposed to cold weather. This factor can affect the short-haired Chihuahua significantly. The dog may need to wear a sweater and boots during cold weather. Other means to keep them warm are the sunshine, on furniture, under blankets and human laps.
- Heart-related disorders, examples are heart murmurs and pulmonic stenosis.
- Eye infection or injury this happens to Chihuahuas with protruding eyes since they will experience watering as a response to air-borne allergens, dry air, and dust.
The health problems of a Teacup Chihuahua are not hard to mitigate or prevent. Some can be dealt with by simple methods the more dangerous ones can be handled by a good vet. It is very important that you take your dog to a vets regularly and ensure when buying a puppy it has been vet checked before you take it home to ensure it has no underlying health issues.
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