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Marie Brooks - 2012-08-08
I was lucky enough to adopt a little short haired chihuahua named Miracle. I'd never owned a small dog as I'd lived on a ranch and always had large breeds. but due to circumstances I moved away and was given my little Miracle as the owners were going to put her in the pound. She's always a joy, she loves me so much and she's as viscious as a pit bull if she senses danger. I've fallen in love with the breed and will probalby always have one!

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Anonymous - 2012-07-28
royal caine junior is a good food

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Brittany - 2012-07-24
Hi i'm brittany and my daddy lives in mexico and he's getting me an applechiuahua. Is there anything i should know that's important about these dogs? Please get back to me asap i'm getting it in less the a week

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-25
    I would start by reading the above article from Animal World.  Chihuahua's a a little more prone to allergies or smells  than many dogs and often require 'testing' foods till you find one they like.  Initially you can just do the food (but pick a good one) and put a teaspoon full of yogurt on it.  They do sneeze or wheeze and it is normal.  They are a little stubborn but it is sorta fun - remember you are supposed to win with training.  Reward - even just a little cheerio helps a lot.
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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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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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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).
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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. 
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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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lori - 2012-04-26
My girl, lulu, she's 9 yrs old...the past couple years I have been having severe problems with her getting scabs on her back...the vet gave me steroids and an antibiotic, but doesn't help her....any advice??? Thank you

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  • Babbs Coady - 2012-06-01
    My lab had no issues until he hit about 7yrs old when he developed these seemingly overnight. For him it was an allergy he developed to fleas he didn't have until that spring. I started him on advantage and shortly after the problem was solved. You could try 1mg of benedryl for allergies once a day for a week or so and see if this helps the problem, maybe she scratches at night. Google search 'benedryl for dogs' so you have all the needed information before trying it though just to be sure you're not mixing any wrong meds etc.
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Diana Gilbert - 2012-05-04
Our baby, Paco is a four year old long haired chihuahua. Since we moved into a new apartment 2 months ago he been scratching like mad. I see no sign of fleas or hot spots or dry skin. We do have hard water (I think because we have water spots on the dishes), could he be allergic to the water? I have given him 2 baths since we have been here (because of the itching)? -or the grounds? The pine trees and red wood trees are new to him. Any suggestions?

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  • M. Wilson - 2012-05-22
    Try feeding him Science diet sensitive skin- it works wonders!! You can buy it at Petbarn and most pet food stores or at the vet.
  • Babbs Coady - 2012-06-01
    Some dogs start scratching due to nerves, it also could be the water. Small doses of Benedryl is acceptable for dogs (considering the size I would start with no more than 1mg/ 3lbs of dog weight maximum but start with half that 1mg/6lbs)

    The Safety of using Benadryl for Pets

    Generally, Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is exceptionally safe for dogs; however, there are a certain number of serious precautions:

    Diphenhydramine should not be administered to dogs with certain conditions: cardiovascular disease, glaucoma, prostatic disease, and hyperthyroidism.
    Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) may not be appropriate for a puppy. If you do have a puppy, please be sure to consult with your veterinarian first.
    Only the pure med is safe for dogs, where the active ingredient is only Diphenhydramine. The Decongestant or Colds/Sinus versions aren't acceptable.
    Childrens Benadryl may be alcohol and sugar free; however, it contains sodium, and this could be detrimental to dogs with certain health concerns.
    It shouldn't be used simultaneously with decongestants and painkillers. It can also interact with other medicines, and possibly be fatal. Should your pet be taking any other types of medication - it's important that you first ask your veterinarian about using Benadryl. Generally, Diphenhydramine is considered safe for your pet when taking flea and heartworm tablets, as well as steroids.
    It's extremely important that the prescribed dosage is not exceeded.
    Many people recommend using small amounts of the medication first, then checking for any reaction to it. I recommend that you still talk to your veterinarian before giving any amount of Benadryl to a dog.
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