Caring for your new puppy

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Feeding

Wet food mix recipe

1 cup dry rice, cooked

1 cup veg (frozen mixed veg is fine, or chopped or grated veg) cooked or raw

When the mix has cooled add

1 packet raw mince (approx. 400g) either turkey, chicken, lamb or beef. Pork is too rich and often causes tummy upsets.

 

Other meat options that will help with teeth and gums are raw chicken wings, chicken necks, lamb off-cuts and beef soup bones.

 

Dry Food

We use and recommend Advance brand dry food.

For Puppies, rehydratable (use dry not soaked) or puppy growth as they get bigger.

For adult dogs, >12months, we use small breed turkey and rice, small breed lamb and rice and small breed dental.

Most importantly, which ever dry food you use, make sure it has no artificial colourings.

For more advice on health and feeding visit www.advancepet.com.au

 

Hydrocephalus is the accumulation of excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain and is not normal for any breed, nor is it curable. Hydrocephalus is also known as "water on the brain" or "hydro". When fluid accumulates in the brain, it compresses the brain against the skull. A puppy can be born with this disorder, or it can be caused by a brain infection or head injury later in life. Chihuahuas born with "hydro" do not generally live more than a few months, and they do not grow normally, often staying extremely tiny.

Signs of hydro include wide-set or protruding eyeballs (often with a lot of "white" showing at the corners), blindness, abnormal behavior, walking in circles, slowness (mental and physical), seizures, abnormally slow growth and lack of coordination.

Concerns about Chihuahua moleras and/or hydro should be addressed to a licensed veterinarian. Be aware, however, that many veterinarians not familiar with Chihuahuas have WRONGLY told owners that their puppy is unhealthy and/or hydrocephalic just because of the presence of a normal molera. Diagnosis is based on the signs in conjunction with techniques to image the brain. In dogs with a molera, ultrasound can be performed by scanning through the molera to detect the excessive accumulation of fluid within the brain

 

Being Overweight

Obesity in the Chi (any dog, but this page is about Chihuahuas) is an extremely serious issue. Due to those large begging eyes most humans cannot resist giving tidbits and too many treats!

Being overweight causes or exacerbates so many other problems (as it does in humans):

  • Heart problems.
  • Arthritis.
  • Diabetes.
  • Thyroid issues (like Cushing's disease).
  • A compromised immune system which can lead to a reduced ability to fight off parasitic and bacterial infections, as well as allowing the dog to be vulnerable to contracting infections, cancer and autoimmune diseases.
  • Being overweight can exacerbate a problem to the extent that surgery may be required due to the additional weight the dog is forced to carry. If the Chihuahua is kept lean surgery may not be needed - such as with the lower grades of patella luxation.

 

 


Contact Details

Robyn Stapleton & Jenifer Nichols
Adelaide - North, SA, Australia
Email : [email protected]