Tejas T Little Cuties - Long and Short Hair Chihuahuas, Papillions, And Frenchies
BRINGING HOME    YOUR NEW CHIHUAHUA PUPPY
                   
  
 
In some respects bringing your new Chihuahua puppy home is like bringing home a tiny newborn baby.  There are various things you need to be aware of.
Stress is the main cause of illness and death in newly acquired puppies.  There are several sources of stress.  Simply moving the puppy to a new home, holding him too much, or being allowed too much playtime may cause stress.  A new puppy is nervous and excited with their new surrounding and family.  They need schedule times for eating, playing, sleeping and going potty. Avoid excessive handling, too much of this will overtire and stress the puppy.  A tried puppy will not eat; he’ll only want to
sleep.  Missing a meal can be a life threatening situation.  It can lead to a condition caused   
                       HYPOGLYCEMIA
 
This can be dangerous if not notice and dealt with     
   immediately.  Hypoglycemia is a central nervous system disorder caused by low blood sugar levels.  It occurs mainly in tiny and toy breeds between 6 and 16 weeks of age.  Hypoglycemia may appear after a puppy missing a meal, becomes to cold, or exhausted from too much playtime.  The first signs are listlessness, depression and muscular weakness.  Contact your Vet. Immediately!!!  Treatment is directed at restoring the blood levels of glucose, and it must begin at once!   Begin by administering a mouthful of Karo syrup, or Nutricale, or Vitacale, or sugar in the puppy’s mouth.  To prevent further attacks, make sure your puppy is eating regularly.
 
                  COCCIDIA
 Coccidiosis is a very minor aliment that all dogs may develop when under stress.  Coccidiosis appears as mucous or a trace of blood in the stool.  If left untreated this could cause dehydration and result in death.  Please take your puppy to the Vet.  Albon is an inexpensive, antibiotic that will eliminate
the bacteria.
 
 MOLERA (FONTANEL)

Historically the Chihuahua as developed in Mexico and the United States has displayed a soft spot on the top of its head. In the Chihuahua this spot, or fontanel, is know as the molera, and it is the same that is found in human babies. In past this molera was accepted as a mark of purity in the breed and is still mentioned in most Chihuahua breed standards all over the world. American Kennel Club lists it as an acceptable breed standard. It is important to note that while many Chihuahua puppies are born without the molera, there are probably just as many born with one and it's presence is nothing to becomes alarmed over. Unfortunately, many lay people and some Veterinarians not familiar with the Chihuahua, have tried to link the more presence of a molera with the condition known as hydrocephalus. This has caused many new comers to the breed serious concern and undo worry. The truth is that a domed head with a molera present does not predispose the Chihuahua to this condition.

 HYDROCEPHALUS

The presence of a molera in chihuahua DOES NOT make the dog any more less susceptible to brain injury, seizures or hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is the accumulation of excess cerebrospinal fluid 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 accumulation or head injury later in life. Signs of hydro include, blindness, abnormal behavior, walking in circles, slowness (mental and physical), seizures, abnormally show growth and lack of coordination. Concerns about chihuahua molera and/ or hydro should be addressed to a licensed veterinarian. However, that many of vets not familiar with chihuahua have WRONGLY told owners that their puppy is unhealthy and/ or hydrocephalic just because of the presence of 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. Unfortunately, there is no cure for hydrocephalus. Mild cases can be threated with steroids and diuretics to reduce pressure, or with a surgically inserted shunt to divert fluid from the brain to the abdomen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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