Being the smallest breed in the world comes with its fair share of health related problems, which is why raising a healthy chihuahua should be a priority for every loving chihuahua owner. However, taking some simple steps can help you raise a healthy chihuahua.
One problem chihuahuas have is that being so small makes them more susceptible to the dangerous effects of toxins. Unfortunately chihuahuas like to lick to taste things and can easily get into fertilizer, pesticides, and other household chemicals. Be sure to keep an eye on your chihuahua to keep them from eating toxic chemicals from the ground.
A daily walk is a must for every healthy chihuahua. Many chihuahuas get cooped up in their owners apartments, in their cage, or just stuck inside the house and don’t get the needed exercise their body requires. Chihuahuas, like all dogs, have their primal instinct to run around and play. If you deny your chihuahua of this it can cause other health related problems. So take your chihuahua for a walk or if you have a fenced in area, let them run around and play.
Be sure not to overfeed your chihuahua. As unusual as this may sound, there is a growing epidemic of overweight chihuahuas. This is a serious health problem which can cause diabetes and decrease your chihuahuas life expectancy. When choosing chihuahua food you should also avoid a beef blend, as this may be a bit too heavy for the tiny chihuahua. Choose a rice and poultry blend instead. If you just got your chihuahua as a puppy from a breeder, then use the same food the breeder was using.
Another thing to remember is that chihuahuas simply get more cold than humans do, even the long-haired ones. Get your chihuahua some warm blankets and limit the time they are exposed to extreme cold. Sweaters and jackets can help and your chihuahua may actually like wearing it when its cold.
Chihuahuas have a very long life expectancy of over 15 years and It’s simple things like this which can lead your chihuahua to have a healthier, happier, and longer life.
Katherine Wallace is a loving chihuahua owner and writer.
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