Vaccination, deworming and insect control are all vital to prevent your dog from getting easily communicable and preventable bacterial and viral infections. Tick, mosquito and flea born diseases such as heartworm, Lyme disease, Rikettsia and parasites like tapeworms are all health threats to your dog.
However, while protecting your pet from pests is important, it is equally important to ensure that the preventative measures are not harmful to your furry family member or yourself. Ensure you read packaging carefully, consult your veterinarian, and handle all products according to safety procedures.
In addition, ensure your furbaby is on a yearly checkup schedule and maintain their shots. If you have a regular veterinarian, they will typically send you reminders of when shots are due. Bear in mind that some vaccinations can last three years which helps reduce costs for you and needles for your pet. This is especially important for pets that have a history of reacting to shots. If this is ever the case, be sure to inform any veterinarian that will be administering vaccinations as preventative measures can be taken to ensure adverse reactions are reduced or eliminated.
We feed Royal Canin Chihuahua series. This is because they practice tailored nutrition where each individual recipe is formulated to deliver the exact level of natural antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, prebiotics, and minerals that are essential to the breeds unique health needs.
Royal Canin practices continued research and development and works to improve knowledge of genetics and nutrition, and how these factors impact longevity and overall health.
Chihuahuas, like many other small dogs, especially short haired ones, are susceptible to difficulty with temperature changes. If your baby puppy or adult chihuahua is shaking they are either a very nervous dog, or they are cold. Typically, we find temperature to be the issue. A sweater, wrapping them up in a blanket or putting them in your shirt or jacket and zipping them in will nearly always solve this problem.
If temperature mitigation does not work, carefully assess the surroundings and situation you are in. You baby may not like or be afraid of someone or something around you. It is good to identify this so you can do one of three things: help them to not be afraid by slow introduction, leave to mitigate any risks to you or your furbaby, or simply keep them tucked safely in your clothes. Any of these is a valid solution and are situation dependent.
Chihuahuas and many other small dogs are prone to low blood sugar. This is because their metabolisms are fast and they simply cannot store as much energy as a larger dog. Keep a small container of liquid honey with a dropper dispenser somewhere in your kitchen just in case they need a couple drops. Feeding three times a day up to 6 months and then slowing to twice daily will help ensure this issue does not occur.