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Chihuahua Health Problems To Know About

Aug 19, 2008
Bringing a little Chihuahua into your family represents a lot of responsibility that you will have for the little dog. As a toy breed they are prone to many Chihuahua health problems and as a responsible owner it is up to you to familiarize yourself with potential symptoms as much as you can. You will need to know what is standard behavior for a Chihuahua and what classifies as a symptom to a Chihuahua health problem if you are going to truly care for your new pet.

Before you bring your Chihuahua home have a long talk with your vet about what health issues to expect from your new dog and also discuss identifying the symptoms. If you have normal behavior explained to you and then you are given the warning signs to look for you are better equipped to help your dog should something happen. Your breeder should also send you home with a great deal of information about what to watch for with your new dog and how to identify any prospective health issues.

Some Chihuahua health problems arise at birth and some develop over time but you should always be watching for any symptoms your dog may display. A common Chihuahua health problem is the inability of the material on the leg and around the knee to hold the kneecap in place. This causes the kneecap to float in and out of place and can become extremely painful for your dog. If you notice a problem with your dog's ability to walk get them to the vet right away.

When male Chihuahua pups are born their testicles are up in their abdomen. Almost right after birth a healthy male Chihuahua will have its testicles drop from the abdomen and if it doesn't happen at birth then it needs to happen by the time they reach adulthood. If you notice that this trait is lacking in your Chihuahua then you will want to get them to the vet right away, as this is the sign of a very serious health issue that your vet will want to take care of as soon as possible.

Chihuahua health problems can be quite serious but sometimes difficult to detect. One problem that is almost exclusive to the Chihuahua is very difficult to see in the beginning stages and get quite serious if untreated.

This is an extremely serious health issue and can sometimes be found by your vet during a regular appointment. It is a good idea to monitor your Chihuahua's health in between regularly scheduled appointments because you never know what can happen.

A Chihuahua has a series of health issues that are exclusive to it and then some that are common among toy breeds of dogs. For example, a Chihuahua shares a condition also found in breeds like a Basset Hound in that crystal can form in their urine causing blockages and major problems.

So keep an eye on your Chihuahua and make sure you take them to the vet on a regular basis.
About the Author
Sandra Dean is a passionate lover of the Chihuahua and owns 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 Health Problems plus a whole lot more.
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