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Jim Ries - 2012-07-19
Our Chi has been 'honking' (like a reverse sneeze) and sometimes it will last about 2-3 minutes. It's like his whole body will jump. It worries me that something is very wrong. A family friend says her Chi does the same thing. The vet said there's nothing to worry about BUT when it goes on like this I wonder. He will do this maybe 3-4 times a week. Should I be worried like I am?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-20
    I don't know why they do that but they do.  It's normal, sounds really strange and of course their whole body gets into the act. I thought maybe allergies or a sinus problem.  I think they must get flem back in their throat. 
  • SAM - 2012-08-01
    My chi does the same thing and our vet told us its his airway collapsing which is a normal chi trait. Usually is not harmful to them but can be corrected with surgery if become a problem. I was told it could be exacerbated by allergies or being overweight.
  • taylordane - 2012-08-14
    I was told it was allergies and they can get a shot from the vet from time to time or a 1/2-1 teaspoon of childrens benadryl when its at its worse.
  • Jim - 2012-08-30
    Our dog goes on his 'pad' about 99% of the time. I kinda think it is psychological, but hey whatever works. I will not change.
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Jim - 2012-08-28
Our little guy is very well potty trained (for a long haired Chi, I think). Now, is it tooo much that we reward him for doing his NUMBER2 on the puppy pad? I think, hey better to spoil so he keeps on doing it on the pad than not to. Very seldom will he pee or otherwise on something other than the puppy pad.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-29
    Whatever works - keep doing it.  I'd reward him too.
  • Jim - 2012-08-30
    Every now and then he will miss the pad BUT it's not like he's not trying. Still in my mind he'll be a PUPPY for a while and this will take time and we are patient.
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L.C. - 2012-08-29
My long haired chi is housebroken as long as she is in the part of the housee we mainly stay in. If we allow her to go in the other part she goes to the bathroom even if she has just been out. We would like for her to have full run of the house, but so far it is impossible she is about 2 years old and we have had her for about 4 months. any suggestions?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-29
    People swear those wee wee pads really work.  Is there a place in the other area of the home that you canplace one or put one in a litter box.  One thought.  Another thought is if you walk her - to put a leash where you are in the other part of the home.  Best all around is to watch her or crate her whenyou are in the other part of the house and prevent her from going in that part.  Soon as she even looks like she has to go - grab and get her outside. 
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sandra - 2012-08-26
I received an applehead chihuahua for my birthday July 3 from my husband and son. Her name is Molly. She is only 4 months. She is white and brown with a black spot on her back and around the left side of her tail. Training her to pee and poop on the training pad was not as hard as I thought it would be. I can let her loose the house and have noticed she will go to the utility room where her training pad is and pee or poop.  I am so proud of her.

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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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