It’s important to keep your little friend clean! But don’t over-doing it!! It’s far too common for owners to bathe their pups multiple times a week, and while this may not seem like a big deal, it can easily dry out their skin. So, how often are you supposed to bathe them? It really depends on several different factors, such as their level of outdoor activity, what type of shampoo you are using, whether they are long-coat or smooth. A good rule of thumb is to bathe them around once every 2-3 weeks, as this should keep them clean without drying out their skin. If your dog is outside a lot I would suggest to do it 1 or 2 times more.
There are a lot of different shampoos you can use. It depends which Chihuahua you have. You can also use a baby shampoo, as long it’s hyper allergenic.
Fleas and Ticks
It’s recommended to give your dog monthly NexGard*. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to check there skin for fleas or ticks. When he or she does have one or two fleas you can easily treat it yourself with a special shampoo.
How to remove a Tick
If your Chi has a Tick you have to remove it with a tweezer. Before you start pulling and tugging away at the tick make sure your Chi is relax. gently pull back your Chihuahua’s fur to locate the tick. Use your tweezers to grab the tick’s head as close to your Chihuahua’s skin as possible. Ticks forcefully attach themselves to their host, so you’ll need to clamp down hard with the tweezers to remove it. With their head clamped in the tweezers, pull the tick directly out and away from your Chihuahua’s body. Don’t jerk or twist the tick, but instead pull it directly out in a straight motion.
When your dog has a lot of ticks, he or she can get anemia or even parasites (Ehrlichia- Babesiaparasite). That could make your dog very sick.
How to know if your dog is sick?
If your dog has the following symptoms it’s important you find a good treatment.
- Decreased appetite
- Blood stains on skin and mucous membranes
- Bleeding from other parts of the body, like the nose
- When the skin keeps bleeding after removing a thick
- infected mucous membranes of the eyes. (your dog has dirty eyes)
- Weight reduction despite a good appetite
- Pale mucous membranes.
What to do??
When your dog has one or more of these symptoms it’s best to go to you veterinarian .
*NexGard (afoxolaner) is the only FDA-approved chew that also prevents infections that cause Lyme disease.* NexGard kills infected black-legged ticks before the bacteria that cause Lyme disease can be transmitted.