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All About Chihuahua Allergies

Jun 6, 2008
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.

Food allergies are treated in Chihuahuas just like in any other dog. First, the allergen needs to be identified so that can be eliminated from the Chihuahua's diet. The dog is put on a plain diet of rice and chicken for a couple of weeks, and then gradually one food is added to the dog's menu until symptoms return.

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 likelike a Chihuahua.

Unless the attacks get worse, you don't need the vet to check on them, as there is no known treatment for Chihuahua allergies that affect breathing. Even cutting down on pollen, dust or strong smells will not guarantee the attacks will cease. In short nosed dogs, like the Chihuahua, their small nose makes for noisy breathing. Your Chihuahua will most likely snore, snort, wheeze, snuffle and gasp.

Smokers better not own a Chihuahua, because cigarette smoke often triggers attacks. Be careful with strong perfumes, incense, potpourris or scented candles. When a Chihuahua goes into an attack, it will look a lot worse than it is. This condition is not life threatening.

Calm your Chihuahua by petting, distracting with a toy, not getting upset yourself, and don't yell. It is always good to check with a Chihuahua knowledgeable vet to be sure there isn't any other obstruction in the nose or throat when you first spot these attacks, or if they worsen.
About the Author
About the author: Sandra Dean is a passionate lover of the Chihuahua and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Chihuahua. Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Chihuahua allergies plus a whole lot more.
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