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Katie - 2012-03-10
My long hair chihuahua is 3 years old. I have taken her to several vets to try and figure out what may be wrong with her, she does not produce tears in her left eye and I have to clean mucus out of it constantly. That eye is a good bit smaller than the other too. She also tends to drool out of the left side of her mouth. Any ideas what could be wrong?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-10
    Sometimes a person will not produce tears and they have to use drops. Sometimes the tear ducts can be closed which might be the case. If the vets have no idea - seems strange but would have someone check to see if duct in the one eye is actually open and working. I'd also have them check the teeth on that side in case bad tooth or possibkly a pinched nerve and that would cause drooling. Possible stroke. I would thinkk the vet would check these things out.
  • Babbs Coady - 2012-06-01
    I was able to dig this up off the internet, hope it helps.

    It sounds like your dog has sustained damage to the nerves that control the muscles on the left side of his face. From your description it's most likely the trigeminal nerve or the facial nerve that has been affected. You can tell the difference by whether your dog can blink his left eye or not. If he can't it's probably the facial nerve that is affected. This can be iatrogenic (no known cause), secondary to a middle ear infection, hypothyroidism or a tumor. He needs to see his veterinarian for an examination and diagnostics. Iatrogenic facial paralysis may improve with time but middle ear infections and hypothyroidism need treatment. If he's unable to blink his eye you'll need to supplement his tears with artificial tears.
  • gloria - 2012-07-23
    i am not a dr i am just voicing my opinion but i think dogs are like humans they get things like we do and that sounds like stroke to me
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HEATHER - 2012-06-24
My female chorkie Princess Gracey is the sweetest most loving pet I have ever had. She is also the most loyal dog ever. We have a large family and she loves us all, but, she has always been a mamma's girl from day one. These dogs make wonderful pets but mine is extremely small at barely 3lbs at 16 months. We have to watch her like a hawk.

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  • Robin - 2012-07-19
    I want a Chorkie that small! I love my and would love a teeny one, which was my original intent. How can you predict the adult weight?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-19
    It pretty much depends on the size of the parents.  Some are quite a bit larger than others.  You can get the largest one in the litter or the smallest.  If both parents are tiny - chances are the off spring will be.
  • Charlie\'s mama - 2012-07-21
    My Charlie looks exactly like this but he is much bigger. He is probably 15 inches tall and weighs 21 pounds. He isn't fat, but very muscular. The breed description is dead on.
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Evan - 2009-04-28
I once had a sheperd. It died of heartworms, we gave it all it's shots too.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-04-10
    You don't give it shots for heartworms. They need the heartworm chew tablets every year just like flea and tick medicine every year.
  • lisa - 2011-07-27
    Heartworm are prevented with either monthly pill or monthly topical application - there isn't a shot... If you are using the proper prescribed meds for heartworm then you or your Vet should of contacted it manufacture..
  • Anonymous - 2011-10-17
    You should have given him heartworm preventative.
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-16
    Heartguard is a toxic to them. Interceptor is what they take for prevention of heartworms.
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Shannon - 2010-11-15
I have a west highland white terrier that is after a mouse in my house! If he catches will it hurt him? Give him a disease or anything?

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  • Ronalee Brownson - 2012-07-19
    No! It won't hurt him! It is their nature to go after rodents! We lost our little dog, only 4, to back problems and then paralysis in his back legs - he was the most loyal, valiant, loving dog we have ever owned and looking for another Westie!
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Cassie - 2012-07-13
My dad is getting me an applehead for my birthday, so this helped me with a lot of my questions except one; can you leave them in a cage for extended amounts of time? I have to go too school so I can't take care of them all day.

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  • Barbara - 2012-07-16
    I can tell you from owning one that they like to be in warm cozy places, if you teach your chi to pee on a wee pad you can leave the cage open and he/she, will most likely spend the day waiting for you to return. The answer is not for extended periods of time, unless it's a big cage, and you include a wee pad, water and food.
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John - 2010-12-15
We recently got a female Boston terrier puppy at 8 weeks old. A few weeks later a friend of ours told us about a 2 year old male Boston that belonged to her Mother in law who had become too ill to take take of him. She brought him over and it was love at first sight. They have just become a joy. They run around and wrestle and get into mischief sometimes , but on a whole they are such fun to watch. The way they interact with each other. They keep themselves entertained all day. She is the little diva , and he is just the sweetest little boy. It really is a wonderful breed

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  • lorraine daum - 2011-07-15
    We also had two female bostons and unfortunatly we lost both of them within 6 months due to illness. Our hearts are broken. I cry every day because I miss them so much. We are looking for another boston but most every one wants to much money for them.

  • jerry - 2012-07-13
    There is a lady around Waynsville, Mo that may help. We got Baby free because or her eyes don't look straight ahead. She is on the truck with me and she is my buddy. Personality she loves it if it moves. If I have one picture that is a favorite I would have to look at 50 or more
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Becky - 2012-07-10
Brianna, How is your Giant? Can I ask how old he is and at what age the toe cancer started?

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Bonnie Snyder - 2012-06-30
We were playing tug-a-war with our 5 month old male, his favorite game and a tooth fell out. Is this normal? He did not seem to even pay attention to it, so it must not have hurt him. Baby teeth that should come out? Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-30
    Yep, baby teeth.  Chihuahuas lose their baby teeth about 4 - 6 months old.  Adult teeth come in very quickly right behind the baby teeth so hard to notice unless you really look.   Don't worry, it is OK.
  • Jim - 2012-07-04
    The same happened to our chi. He is going on 6mos. and lost a tooth about 2 weeks ago. I am trying not to pull on his toy hard as this 'might' loosen some others. I am more gentle now(he doesn't want me to be gentle though).
Jim - 2012-07-04
I have noticed that our guy is rubbing his face on the carpet(or any other surface) after chewing on his bone. Why is this? TY

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-04
    Probably just cleaning his face and getting the saliva off and his fur going in the right direction. 
Charlene jenkins - 2012-06-16
I have a 9week old male long haired Chihuahua .. its a lil hard to get him to eat sometimes What shoud I do? & what's the best way to help him shake his nerves ..He gets scared when we leave him in his cage alone or take him outside for a walk .... any ideas???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-17
    Chis are a nervous breed but start to relax and calm down and not be afraid the more used to their surrounding (and you) they get.  Remember, this is a little fella so they don't eat much.  You if are giving him a small piece of toast, a little cookie - that is what he is going to eat.  I'd try and and add a teaspoon of yogurt or a teaspoon of beef broth over the food. Have no idea why the computer switched print.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-17
    Sorry my computer decided to be difficult.  You can place something you have worn with your scent on it in the little fellas crate.  They have comfort in that - and a stuffed animal he might like.  He is so young, just removed from mom and siblings and he is scared and they shake when scared.  Hold him, leave your scent on a t-shirt in his crate.  Remember he still has baby teeth so you can mash up dried dog food into smaller pieces for him with a little yogurt and warm water to soften the dried.  He is just little -  Going outside - he will get used to it but prefer being carried in a knapsack.  Hard to housebreak that way but many rave about those wee wee pads.  Place one at the door you take himn out of and when/if he goes on it take it outside. 
  • maisy - 2012-06-24
    Chihuahuas are picky eaters, if you feed them table food, they won't eat dog food. I make mine ground chicken and add in boiled potatoes, carrots and peas... she pushes the peas on the floor but will eat one or two

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