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Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

Vaccinations and Microchips

Is my Chihuahua a healthy weight?

Natural products for health

Health testing

Breeding philosophy

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Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

Hypoglycemia is a life threatening condition that Chihuahuas are at a higher risk for due to their small size.  All Chihuahua owners must know the symptoms and be prepared to deal with it.  Here is one article to get you started in your research.

You must educate yourself about this before bringing your puppy home. Be on the lookout for symptoms, especially the first 24-48 hours after bringing your new puppy home.  If your puppy does not eat – you should be concerned and force him/her to eat.  As a Chihuahua owner, you should always have Karo/corn syrup on hand and also Nutri-Cal or an equivalent product, for hypoglycemia emergencies.  The best way to avoid hypoglycemia is to ensure your puppy never misses a meal.  However, as he/she gets older, some might decide they only want to eat once per day.  You will get to know your puppy and be able to recognize their normal eating pattern.  Some of our adults only like to eat once per day.  They do not experience hypoglycemia.  The problem mostly occurs when a puppy/adult who normally gobbles up their food, suddenly refuses to eat.  If this happens once, try offering the food a few hours later.  If s/he still refuses to eat, give him Nutri-Cal and/or Karo syrup.  Other foods to try are: boiled chicken, baby food (meat), or Royal Canine Puppy Starter Mousse.  Try serving them anything to make them eat, even if you need to force it by spreading it on the back of their upper teeth (this is how I serve Nutri-Cal).

You should always have Nutri-Cal or an equivalent product on hand, as well as Karo/corn syrup.

Vaccinations and Microchips

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.

General vaccination info:


Lepto Vaccine:

  • Dr. Mercola has a very informative article you are encouraged to read about the Lepto vaccine.  The article contains links to other great vaccination information.



Microchipping

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:

Is my Chihuahua a healthy weight?

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=661

Here 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

Natural products for health


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.

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com

www.dogfoodanalysis.com
http://rawfed.com


We currently feed:


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!)

  1.            Grapefruit seed extract (GSE): http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/gse-for-dogs.html
  2. ·         Apple cider vinegar (AVC), preferably Bragg's or one with "the mother"
    1. o   http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/15_01/features/Pet-Uses-Of-Apple-Cider-Vinegar_20435-1.html
    2. o   http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/apple-cider-vinegar-for-dogs.html
    3. o   http://bragg.com/products/vinegarPets.html
  3. ·         Diatomaceous earth (DE) FOOD GRADE ONLY:
    1. o   http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/benefits-diatomaceous-earth/
    2. o   https://www.diatomaceousearth.com/dog-use/
    3. o   http://diatomaceous.org/diatomaceous-earth-for-pets-and-animals/
    4. o   http://www.holisticlivestock.com/de_faq.htm
  4. ·         Coconut oil: http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/coconut-oil-benefits.html
  5. ·         Raw goat’s milk and Kefir:
    1. o   http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/goat-milk-for-dogs/
    2. o   http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/so-long-yeast-hello-kefir/
    3. o   https://www.foodiepooch.com.au/dogs/what-is-kefir-and-why-do-we-love-it/
  6. ·         Colloidal silver:
    1. o   http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/five-immune-boosting-uses-of-colloidal-silver/
    2. o   https://holisticpetcareproducts.com/colloidal-silver-uses-treating-pet-diseases/
    3. http://www.nutritionpets.com/cs-history-uses/


  • White distilled vinegar
  • Essential oils: tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, Thieves Oil blend

Health testing

We feel it is important to have healthy dogs in our breeding program.  Most of our breeding dogs have been OFA health checked for patellas, heart and CERF or CAER for eyes.  We get them checked for our own knowledge.  We do plan to eventually have their results registered through the OFA database.  If the OFA number is "pending" it most likely means we are waiting to have a few more papers to send in altogether, to get a batch/discounted price on their certification.  This doesn't change their health, it just saves a bit of money.

We hope that all our puppies turn out healthy, but whether they do or not, we want to know about it.  This is why we conduct follow up studies on every puppy we have ever produced.  Not everyone responds to our surveys, but we appreciate those who do, so we can continue to track our bloodlines.  Please let us know if you have a new email address, so we can stay in contact and send you the survey.

Breeding Philosophy

More coming soon, but in the meantime, please read the following article about Back to Back Breeding.  We agree with this article and will elaborate more in the near future.

Articles & Helpful Links

"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


Introducing a puppy to your older dog

http://www.clickertraining.com/what-to-expect-introducing-a-puppy-to-your-adult-dogs
http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/712-bringing-home-a-second-dog-aspca
http://www.fidosavvy.com/introducing-a-new-puppy.html


Leash Training