|Barked: Mon Dec 26, '11 5:38pm PST |
|I'm not an expert, just someone who has had the honor of being a Mama to chihuahuas. So, this is just my experience.
They can dehydrate fast so I always made sure they had tons of water and at any sign of stomach trouble that resulted in vomiting or loose stools, I checked with the vet immediately. Also, chis in particular, can have blood sugar issues so I always fed mine regularly 2-3 times a day. Not sure if this is a breed thing or a "small dog" trait. Alos, it is so easy to overfeed a small dog, especially if you are used to feeding bigger dogs. I bet that, at first, the amount of food you put in the bowl will look insignificant. But, they really don't require all that much.
Other than that - their fragility. Small dogs are, well...small. I had doggie steps by the bed so they didn't have to jump and risk injuring themselves (our bed is really high up). They can get under fences where your bigger dogs can't. They can easily get hurt by being underfoot so it took a while to get used to that. We had to train our kids to be mindful of how delicate the dogs were and monitor play until they were old enough to understand. They were usually the smallest ones at dog parks so we had to keep a keen eye on them there. Also, they get cold faster than the bigger dogs. One of our chis had a really hard time regulating his body temp, especially as he got older. We had to make sure he had sweaters for going outside.
Hope that helps a little.
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