Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Vaccinations and Microchips
Is my Chihuahua a healthy weight?
Natural products for health
We vaccinate for Parvo, Distemper and the Canine Adenovirus. We encourage you to do your own research about vaccinations, specifically over-vaccinating. We use the protocol of Dr. Jean Dodds (see link below) as our guide.
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:
Obesity is a common problem with dogs and especially with Chihuahuas. If you are trying to treat them well by giving them lots of treats or feeding them as much as they want, you are actually potentially hurting them. An overweight dog is not "cute" and 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
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. 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! The best kind for small dogs like Chihuahuas in our opinion are raw chicken or turkey necks and wings. Ideally, I like to serve 1 neck every week but if you feed a raw diet, teeth cleaning will happen automatically. 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.
In addition to the necks and wings, we do also serve raw cow bones straight from the butcher shop. The dogs love the marrow and their teeth get a good scrubbing too. Caution should be used with hard weight wearing bones, since they can damage or break teeth. This tends to happen more with bigger stronger dogs; I've never seen it happen with our Chihuahuas. Cow bones are especially helpful during teething, to get those stubborn canine teeth out.
Here are some 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!)
"Marking" is different than "soiling" or "urinating". Marking is a territorial issue which females will also do occasionally, especially if unspayed. Urinating is a potty training issue. I've read that as long as they are neutered young (our Contract says by six months of age), marking is not as much of a problem. Marking is an act of dominance and marking territory and is a completely different behavior than urinating as a potty training issue. Here's one article about the topic: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/urine_marking.html