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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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.
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.
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. 
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
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..