Archive for the Health and Nutrition Category

What is a Molera or ‘Soft Spot’ in Chihuahuas?

If you rub your Chihuahua’s head and feel an opening in his skull, try not to panic. Known as a molera or “soft spot,” approximately 80% to 90% of all Chihuahuas are born with this anatomical feature. It was once even considered a mark of purity in the breed. After discovering your Chihuahua’s molera, you […]

Chihuahua Vaccine and Booster Shot Schedule

Vaccines greatly reduce the risk of many common and potentially fatal infectious diseases in Chihuahuas. Whether it’s a dog park, pet store, veterinary office, grooming salon, or even your own backyard, disease-causing germs are lurking everywhere. If your Chihuahua hasn’t been vaccinated, or kept up to date on his vaccines, he could catch rabies, canine […]

Chihuahua Tear Stains: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Have you noticed dark-colored tear stains under your Chihuahua’s eyes? Tear staining is a condition that’s characterized by dark reddish-brown stains under the eyes. When a Chihuahua produces tears, those tears may drip below his eyes, creating these distinct stains on his fur. Some owners disregard tear stains as being nothing more than an “aesthetic” […]

How To Identify and Treat Ear Infections In Chihuahuas

An ear infection can make a Chihuahua’s life miserable. You might notice your Chihuahua aggressively shaking their head like there’s water stuck in their ear, or they may scratch the affected ear until it’s raw. It’s disheartening for owners to see their beloved canine companion in a state of such distress, but thankfully this is […]

Chihuahua Lifespan: Average Life Expectancy of The Chihuahua

As with any breed, a Chihuahua’s lifespan varies depending on a number of different factors (see below for a complete list). Some of these factors are controllable, whereas others are outside of owners’ control. Owners should familiarize themselves with these factors so they give their Chihuahua the longest, fullest life possible. There’s no fool-proof method for predicting […]

How To Remove a Tick From a Chihuahua

It’s not uncommon for Chihuahuas to pick up ticks when they are running and playing outside. Once a tick falls into their fur, it will bite down and begin feasting on the Chihuahua’s blood. Ticks will fall off in 2-4 days when they are full of blood, but most veterinarians advise owners to remove ticks […]

The Hidden Truth About Food Allergies In Chihuahuas

Although fleas are the #1 cause of allergic reactions in canines, food still comprises of 10% of all allergies suffered by man’s best friend. Depending on the severity of the condition, a Chihuahua suffering from food allergies may experience a wide range of symptoms from mild itching to nausea and vomiting. Whether it’s mild or […]

Benefits of Having Your Chihuahua Spayed or Neutered

A lot of owners seem to overlook the importance of having their Chihuahuas spayed or neutered. When you are busy looking at puppies trying to find the one that’s right for your family, it’s easy to forget about future issues like spaying and neutering. Unfortunately, this results in a large number of Chihuahuas growing up […]

Diagnosing and Treating Chihuahua Arthritis

Degenerative arthritis (AKA osteoarthritis) is a common and oftentimes painful joint condition that affects as much as 20% of the Chihuahua population. Chihuahuas suffering from this condition may exhibit signs of general discomfort and weakness around their joints, making it difficult for them to walk normally. While there’s no cure for canine arthritis, there are […]

How to Treat a Chihuahua with Allergies

If you’ve noticed your Chihuahua licking, scratching or chewing himself excessively, he could be suffering from an allergies. Affecting up to 27% of all dogs, allergies are one of the most common chronic diseases in Chihuahuas. Some Chihuahuas develop allergies seasonally, whereas others experience them year-round. Unfortunately, owners often mistake the symptoms of a reaction […]