Chihuahua Health Problems – Common Illnesses and Important Health Tests
What are some common health problems in the chihuahuan?
You might think it’s just a little flea or ear infection, but there are actually many types of illnesses that affect your pet. Some of these diseases may even kill him! So if you have any concerns about your dog’s health, make sure to take care of them before they get worse. Here are some of the most common illnesses that affect dogs:
1. Heartworms (Heartworm Disease)
The heartworm disease is caused by a parasite called Ancylostoma duodenale, which lives in the blood stream of infected animals. If not treated immediately, it will eventually cause the animal to become weak and die. Most commonly found in dogs, but other species like cats and ferrets can contract this disease too.
2. Fleas (Pediculus humanus capitis)
Fleas are small round insects with long legs and antennae. They live in warm moist places such as under furniture cushions, inside clothing, bedding and on beds. These pests can transmit a variety of diseases including rabies, distemper, leptospirosis and lice infestations.
3. Heart Problems (Endocardiosis)
Endocardiosis is a disease found in small dogs and results in the heart failing to pump blood properly to the body. It can lead to fainting, seizures, coma and eventual death. This condition is often a result of weakened tricuspid or mitral valves.
4. Parvovirus (Canine Distemper)
This disease creates blood and fluid rich diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration and in some cases death. It is a very dangerous disease that can quickly spread through an entire litter of puppies or dog obedience classes.
5. Diabetes (Diabetes Mellitus)
Diabetes is a common disease that affects the pancreas and causes problems with the way the body processes sugar. It can lead to severe dehydration, loss of appetite and eventually death.
6. Cancer (Cancer)
The term “cancer” refers to a large group of related diseases that affect dogs in different ways. Tumours and cancerous growths can appear in many parts of the body including the liver, lungs, skin, bones and intestines. If not treated quickly it can lead to the death of your dog.
7. Tick and Flea Allergy (Canine Sarcoptic Mange, Canine Demodicosis, Canine Ectoparasitic Infestation)
These diseases are caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of a female tick or flea. It usually starts as a small red itchy spot on your pet that will eventually progress into a very itchy open sore. It can also spread to the animal’s eyes causing blindness.
8. Digestive Problems (Diarrhoea, Vomiting)
Dogs can get sick from eating or drinking something poisonous such as plants, garbage or toxic substances. They can also get sick if they eat something that doesn’t agree with their stomach. Common symptoms include excessive salivation, vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea.
9. Broken Bones (Fracture, Bruise)
Dogs are quite prone to broken bones and bruises because of their size and the kind of work they do. Symptoms include lameness, difficulty or inability to stand or walk, swelling, bruising and loss of movement in the affected body part.
10. Heatstroke (Hyperthermia)
When dogs get too hot, they can suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These conditions lead to a loss of physical coordination and in serious cases, death. Dogs with short muzzles such as pugs or bulldogs are more likely to suffer from heatstroke due to their poor ability to cool themselves off.
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