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Chihuahua 101: Chihuahua Allergies

Apr 6, 2008
Chihuahua allergies are mostly the same as any other allergies that dogs can get. But allergies that affect the pharynx will cause the dog to make incredibly alarming noises. The extreme cuteness of a Chihuahua has its price - they can't often get enough air when they are excited. Chihuahua allergy triggers can make this worse. Chihuahua allergies are more annoying than anything else. However, smoking will greatly worsen them.

Just because a vet has a dog for a patient doesn't necessarily mean they know everything about Chihuahua care. Before you get a Chihuahua, make sure your vet knows about Chihuahua care. How do you choose a vet for your Chihuahua? Hopefully, you will have a choice of vets in your area, but any vet is better than none! Pick one that is close to you, but also professes to know about Chihuahua care, including care of Chihuahua allergies.

Because of the Chihuahua's extremely cute little button nose, they don't have the air passages that most dogs with longer noses have. They are, therefore, far more prone to breathing disorders and to making extremely strange noises not common in most other breeds of dog. Any allergen like dust, pollen, cigarette smoke or even perfume can act as triggers to Chihuahua allergies and cause these alarming, but usually not life-threatening, breathing problems.

The noises of Chihuahua allergies are quite alarming and varied. If you have never heard them before, talk to friends who have Chihuahuas, Chihuahua breeders or call your vet who is familiar with Chihuahua care. The noises will sound like the dog is choking, suffering a case of emphysema or asthma. When any dog gets excited, they breathe faster. They need more oxygen, but can't get it. This happens to other breeds of toy dogs like Pugs, Pekingese and Boston Terriers.

But the Chihuahua's short nose cannot bring in enough air that he or she needs in order to cope with excitement like strangers, squirrels or stray cats. These sounds are really aggravated by Chihuahua allergies that can cause the pharynx to spasm. If you can get your Chihuahua to calm down, they will breathe deeper and slower and the noises will tend to stop. Expect your Chihuahua to snore like...like a Chihuahua.

Signs to look out for include the tongue tuning blue, fainting or seizures. These are emergencies that need to be dealt with right away! The vet will need to examine and possible X-ray your dog in order to be sure there isn't anything like a growth that may be completely cutting off air. But Chihuahua care for Chihuahua allergies is usually not so dramatic. The attacks usually go away on his or her own when the dog calms down.

Getting the Chihuahua to calm down is usually the best (and only) way of dealing with breathing attacks. Distract the dog with play or petting, but don't make too much of a fuss. But smoking can really aggravate Chihuahua allergies and make the attacks stronger and more frequent. And smoking can also cut down your life expectancy, too! If you ever needed the inspiration to stop smoking, a Chihuahua can give you one.
About the Author
Sandra Dean has grown up with and trained a variety of dogs, including caring for Chihuahua allergies. This author has published hundreds of articles on dogs, including several on Chihuahua care. This author has also written extensively about how to choose a vet for your Chihuahua.
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