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Chihuahua Health issues

Chihuahua puppy

Chihuahua puppyChihuahua’s are a very popular breed of dog. They are small and cute and a lot of fun. But these pint-sized pups have some health issues inherent to their breed that you should be aware of if you have one or are thinking of getting one.

  • Knee problems.
    They are prone to patellar luxation, or a trick knee. This is when the kneecap dislocates. Often times when you see a chihuahua holding their leg up for a few minutes it is because they are allowing the kneecap to go back into place. This can be a painful condition and should be looked at by your vet. It could be treated with something as simple as a glucosamine supplement or may require surgery.
  • Tracheal Collapse
    Toy breeds are prone to tracheal collapse. This is where the windpipe collapses and squeezes the airway making it hard for your dog to breath. They will often cough with a gagging sound if they have this. There is no cure, but there are treatments.
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca: aka. dry eyes
    Because of their big protruding eyes, chihuahua’s are more prone to getting dry eyes, especially as they get older. This can happen in one or both eyes. It is caused by the glands around the eyes not making enough tears. This can cause inflammation in the eye and lead to blindness if left untreated.


If you are unsure about possible health complications with chihuahua’s, please consult your vet and find out what they are and what can be done.

Top Cleaning Mistakes Many Pet Owners Make

Keeping your pets safe during spring cleaning

Keeping your pets safe during spring cleaningHere are the top cleaning mistakes most pet owners make.

  1. You don’t clean the food bowl daily.
    You wash your plate after every meal, you should do the same for your pets. Food bowls are prime for bacteria which can make your pet sick.
  2.  You don’t clean the food storage monthly.
    You should clean your food storage bin about one a month, if not a little more frequently.
  3. You don’t clean the water bowl daily.
    You don’t drink out of dirty glasses and neither should your pet. You should clean their water bowl daily.
  4. You don’t clean the water fountain monthly.
    Just because it is a closed system does not mean it doesn’t get dirty. You should take it apart and clean it monthly.
  5. You don’t clean their crate weekly.
    This is a great place for parasites to live. Clean your crate or carrier weekly and your pet will be healthier and more comfortable.
  6. You don’t clean the litter box enough.
    Many people slack on litter box maintenance. You should be cleaning this out twice a day!
  7. You don’t launder your pet’s bedding.
    You do your bedsheets weekly, you should do the same for your pets.
  8. You have never washed your pet toys.
    Rubber ones should be washed and plus ones can be thrown into the laundry. Just let them air dry.

These regular cleaning rituals will help keep your pets happier and healthier!

Helping Arthritis

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Keep your favorite dog happy and healthy with regular vet visits!

It is very common for older pets to get arthritis, especially dogs. Just like in people, arthritis can restrict their range of motion, reduce energy, and be very painful.  Here are some tips on how to help your pets arthritis.

Arthritis Tips

  • Get regular veterinarian checkups.  Your vet needs to monitor their arthritis so they can make sure they are on the proper treatment plan.
  • Make sure they are not over-weight. Fat pets are cute but all the extra weight can be hard on the joints. So you may want to put them on a low-fat diet.
  • Make sure they get exercise. Arthritis may make them want to exercise less, but they still need to get exercise. Take them out on walks or to the park. Just monitor them to make sure you are not taxing them too much.
  • Keep them warm and dry. Cold and wet are the worst for arthritis. If they sleep outside, it may be time to give them a heated dog house or bring them inside.
  • Massages and acupuncture can relieve a lot of pain. You can ask your vet for a referral for a pet massage therapist or acupuncturist.
  • Pain medication can help relieve a lot the pain. But do not give them any pain medications without speaking to your vet first.
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are good for joint mobility. These can be added to their food.
  • Surgery can be an option in advanced cases.
  • Soft bedding for them to sleep on.
  • Ramps to get on the bed, couch or into the car.
  • Put down rugs so he has traction when he walks.

Our old pets are just like us and feel better when we give them a few extra comforts. Make sure to speak to your Albuquerque Veterinarian in the Hoffmantown Center on Menaul blvd. about the right treatment for your pets arthritis.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.