Sunday, March 4, 2012
Health Disorders of Chihuahua Dog
Chihuahuas and other toy breeds, are prone to disease, hydrocephalus, sometimes painful. Often the puppy is diagnosed with an abnormally large head, or hydrocephalus during the first months of life, but other symptoms are more visible as a "big head" is an overview. Chihuahua puppies hydrocephalus sea often have unequal plates of the skull, rather than a solid bone and typically are lethargic and do not grow as fast as his brothers. A true case of hydrocephalus can be diagnosed by a veterinarian, but the prognosis is bleak.
Chihuahuas are shall beat, or a weakness in their skulls, and are the only breed of dog born with an incomplete skull. The Moleras is filled with age, but great care must be taken during the first six months until the skull is fully formed. Some shall beat does not close completely and requires special care to avoid injury. Many veterinarians are not familiar with Chihuahuas as a breed, and mistakenly confuse a Moleras with hydrocephalus.
Chihuahuas can also be at risk of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, which is especially dangerous for puppies.
Left untreated, hypoglycemia can lead to coma and death, but can be prevented by frequent feeding, for example, every three hours for very young puppies or young. Chihuahua owners should have a simple integrator of sugar on hand for use in emergency situations such as Nutri-Cal, Karo syrup or honey. These supplements can be rubbed on the gums and roof of the mouth to rapidly increase the level of blood sugar. The symptoms include drowsiness, lethargy, low energy, lack of coordination in walking, unfocused eyes and muscle spasms in the neck or head back or sides.
Trachea closed (reverse sneezing) is a health problem, which is characteristic of the breed Chihuahua.
Chihuahuas have a tendency to mix, but is not a health problem. By contrast, occurs mostly when the dog is stressed, excited or cold. The cold can also pose a problem for these small animals. They often wear jackets or sweaters outside and enjoy digging in blankets and hugs during sleep.
Although figures vary, as in any race, the range of average life expectancy for a healthy Chihuahua is between 10 and 17.
Chihuahuas are sometimes more demanding and care must be taken to give them proper nutrition. Sometimes wet food or fresh you can smell more attractive to these consumers constant. Chihuahuas are subject to hypoglycemia and may be in a critical situation, if allowed to go long without a meal. At the same time, one must be careful not overfeed them.
Chihuahuas is a known problem with dental problems. Dental care is a must for these little creatures. Human food should be avoided. Due to its small size, small is also rich in fatty or sugary foods can lead to overweight Chihuahua. Overweight Chihuahuas are prone to higher rates of joint injuries, tracheal collapse, chronic bronchitis, and shortened life span.
Chihuahuas are also prone to certain heart-related disorders such as heart murmurs and pulmonary stenosis, a condition in which blocked the exit of blood from the right ventricle into the pulmonary valve.
Chihuahuas, along with other dogs as Chinese Cresteds in miniature, are prone to physical deformities, especially in old age, and several cross chihuahuas Chihuahua / Chinese Crested mix gave a high score in the competition for world's ugliest dog, including a race Chihuahua named Princess Abby (winner 2010) and an intersection named Yoda (2011 winner).