Animal Stories - Long-haired Chihuahua

Animal-World Information about: Long-haired Chihuahua

   The Long-haired Chihuahua is a classy little dog, full of personality and spunk.
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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
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.
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.
misty - 2012-05-16
My lil one is 3 yrs old. She had 4 pups in October, I was worried as well about the same thing. Me and my husband sat up with her until 3 a.m. , helped her have the babies. She did an awesome job, being it was her first litter. My husband only had to help her with one, guessing she just got tired, being it was her last one, which is what we thought. We woke up the next morning to find she had 4..

Linda Wilson/Zippys Mom - 2012-02-28
My Chi is 1 yr today. I worry so much about two things; the awful whooping sound in his throat, I've heard its a backward sneeze--- and the second is that he is kinda skinny. He eats great. I feed him Royal canine for chis. He is very active, plays with his toys and does not act sick. He is a long haired, we love him so much and he is so very potty trained, never in the house. One last thing are there any shampoos that fleas don't like??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-29
    Many write in about their Chihauhau having sneezes or odd sounds and most reply that they have allergies - a lot of them. Your little guy sounds fine with the playing, eating and activity so I'd just assume allergies. Many suggest a different food but you are already on food for Chis - but possibly.....
  • Kokomos Mom - 2012-04-04
    My chi has a softer trachea that tends to flatten and it makes a sound like that, especially if she's been sleeping on it. Just be sure you are sensitive with the throat, only put him in a harness. And dont give him rawhide, just nylon bones. As for food, I feed my dog Rachel Rays Chicken and Rice and my dog is def healthy looking. And as for fleas, I would say daily use of a flea comb is better than any shampoo for fleas. Chis really shouldn't have any chemicals around them at all.
  • Ria - 2012-04-29
    My vet confirmed the backward sneezing. Sometimes my lil girl gets freaked out by it so I just talk to her and stroke her fur til she's done. Also if she starts to do it frequently I will give her a 1/4 teaspoon of clear children's benadryl. This will clear up the sneezing for a while.
  • Ronnie Mathers - 2012-04-30
    I have four long hair chis. Mom, pop, and two cute little babies. I rescued the mom and dad from a home where the man had over 20 dogs. They were in very bad shape when I first saw them. The fleas were everywhere and they had been scratching so much that they had sores all over them. I brought them home and ran them into the tub where I used Dawn dish soap on them. It killed every single flea on contact and didn't harm the dogs at all. I have had them two years now and this past January the female gave birth to three puppies. One only lived for four days; not sure what happened. I think she smothered it one night. The other two have had their full round of shots and are doing great. We are crate training them. It is a little tough but I think they are getting the hang of it. We have an accident every now and then. The male, Dodger, is black with tan marks on his face and white paws. He is my boy. He loves going for rides in the car and barks at everything. He is always by my side and is very loyal. The mom, Sissy, has a mind and attitude all her own. She is a sweet girl but strangers beware. We don't have company come over much anymore because she rules the house. They are very playful but they do not like it when my 10 year old runs through the house. She will go after him yapping the whole way. They both hate the door bell. We have to sprint to get to them and put them away when someone comes over. We are attempting to socialize the puppies though. When people come over we bring them out and put mom and dad away. We let other people pet and hold them. They, especially Dodger, are like babies. He always wants to be right on my lap or laying right next to me. He is my buddy.
  • tootie - 2012-05-09
    I took my long haired chihuahua to the vet for this same problem, because I too was worried. He assured me it was due to a soft trachea. He checked her and said it was not a problem at this point, and he would check her each year.
craig - 2012-05-08
My 3 year old is pregnant. Getting worried about the birth with the take that the birth sometimes needs assistance from vet. What would I do if cannot get to vet and it looks like she is having trouble.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-08
    I would sure take her to the vet before she is ready to give birth and talk to the vet. Many times little chis need assistance - actually surgery as they are so small they can not deliver naturally. You and your vet can discuss what options there are.
Ange - 2012-05-04
So I have a 1yr old long haired chi and I was wondering if trimming his hair( with clippers) just on his body and leave his head and tail alone; if it would grow back? So could you give me advice because summer is coming and we go camping alot. Thank you so much for your time and help:):)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-04
    Yes, the fur will grow back. People clip their chis allthe time.
Anonymous - 2011-11-02
I have a long hair chi. She 6 years old she won't drink or eat.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-02
    If she won't eat or drink anything then I would get her to the vet as soon as possible as there could be an obstruction from something she swallowed. However, if she is eating just a little piece of toast for breakfast and a little bite of sandwich and a little sip of milk etc - these guys are very tiny and that stuff is so much better than dog food and water. Then she is eating - If she is not eating anything - get her to the vet.
  • LYNETTE M PASCUAL - 2012-04-23
    I have a male chihuahua who is also a fussy eater. A lot of times he gets tired of his dog food so I frequently switch to other brands. When he gets tired of dog food, I'd boil chicken breast with a little salt. He loves it!
  • mark - 2012-04-23
    My dog Nico is 15 months and also is a fussy eater. Too many tricks deter him from his food. But when hungry he will eat. Make sure you have lots of water - they drink a lot.