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Vaccinations and Microchips
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Is my Chihuahua a healthy weight?
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vaccinate for Parvo, Distemper and the Canine Adenovirus and use NeoTech vaccines. We encourage you to do your own research
about vaccinations, specifically over-vaccinating. Puppies will have at least one set of vaccinations before leaving our home.
Vaccination decisions should be made between you and your
vet. Please discuss the risks vs.
benefits of the Leptospirosis
vaccine, as it has been known to cause severe reactions including death,
especially in small dogs such as Chihuahuas. Many vets will
administer this vaccine routinely, along with other non-core vaccines, unless
you request that they don’t. If you
choose to use non-core vaccinations, you may request that the vaccines are administered
separately instead of the combo shots.
Rabies: We recommend waiting until your puppy is at least 6 months old before
vaccinating for rabies, and never allow a vaccination to be administered at the
same time as surgery.
If you choose to microchip your puppy, a good time is during their spay/neuter surgery. We personally do not use microchips. Please make an informed decision:
Dog Food: There is no one answer to "What should I feed my dog?" What is good for one dog might not be as good for another. The best food choice is the one that your dog is healthy on. Here are some links to research different brands of food and also raw feeding.
We currently feed:
- Kirkland (Costco) Signature Chicken Dog food
- Nature's Domain Salmon Meal and Sweet Potato (also from Costco)
- Kirkland (Costco) Signature Puppy food
Treats: We prefer to make our own treats out of beef liver or boiled chicken breasts. Our dogs also love to get veggie pieces and always come running when we get out the cutting board and start chopping vegetables. They know a little piece is bound to jump off the counter just for them! Mozzarella cheese sticks also come in handy for training treats. One thing is always the same though, each treat serving size is TINY. A puppy might get the size of a pea. Too much and they could spoil their appetite for dinner.
Tooth care: We clean our dog's teeth by serving them raw bones. Our dogs love teeth cleaning time! We have had good experiences serving raw chicken necks weekly, in addition to other bones. Raw feeders recommend giving a whole chicken instead or at least a part as big as the dog's head rather than small chicken necks and wings, to avoid the risk of swallowing/choking on small pieces. There is a lot of information online about myths and benefits of raw feeding so please do your own research to make an informed decision. I recommend reading more than one website to get differing opinions. In our experience, the dogs who have grown up eating/chewing raw bones have the cleanest teeth without the need for scaling. They also have the best breath.
Hard weight wearing bones are not recommended, since they can damage or break teeth. Raw bones are especially helpful during teething, to get those stubborn baby teeth out.
Natural products we like to use with our dogs and our family too. We encourage you to do your own research and consider also using these. (Sorry for the messed up editing below-the program is not cooperating!)
Obesity is a common problem with dogs and especially with Chihuahuas. If you spoil them by giving them lots of treats or feeding them as much as they want, you are potentially hurting them. It is your responsibility as a dog owner to manage their weight, so they can live a long healthy life.
Learning to monitor your dog's weight by watching his body condition rather than the scale. Read about healthy weights here: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1659&aid=661Here is another link that has several charts to see what the body conditions are and what healthy weight looks like: http://dogbreedspicture.net/dog/dog-body-condition-score-chart.html