Chihuahuas are among the top twenty breeds listed as the most popular breed in the United States. Even though this is a breed of very small dogs, it can be a small dog with very big health concerns or conditions. Here are just a few of these health concerns and conditions:
Anal sac disease, which affects the dog’s anal glands, is a condition that occurs when the dog’s anal glands become inflamed, infected, impacted or has tumors.
Atlantoaxial subluxation, which affects the dog’s neck, occurs when the dog’s neck vertebrae is not attached correctly and the dog does not have the ligament support needed.
Chronic valvular heart disease, which affects the dog’s heart valves, occurs when there is degeneration as well as thickening of the dog’s heart valves.
Congenital elbow luxation, which affects the dog’s elbow, occurs when the elbow is dislocated.
Corneal dystrophy, which affects the dog’s eye, occurs when there is an inherited, bilateral, primary cornea condition that does not have the accompaniment of systemic disease or corneal inflammation.
Cryptorchism, which affects young male dogs that have not been neutered, occurs when the dog’s testicles do not descend properly from the dog’s abdomen into its scrotum.
Glaucoma, which affects the dog’s eyes, occurs when the intraocular pressure in the dog’s eye is too great and can lead to blindness.
Hydrocephalus, which affects the dog’s brain, occurs when there is to much cerebrospinal fluid on the dog’s brain.
Hypoglycemia occurs when the dog has blood sugar levels that are dangerously low.
Lens luxation occurs when the dog has eye lenses that are displaced or dislocated.
Luxating patellas are loose kneecaps that cause lameness or pain.
Melanoma is tumors in the pigment producing cells.
Patent ductus arteriosis, which affects the Chihuahua’s lungs, occurs when the puppy is born with an open blood vessel which is supposed to close after the birth of the puppy and allows blood to enter the puppy’s lungs. This condition is a birth defect that is congenital.
Testicular tumors, which only affect male Chihuahuas that have not been neutered, occur when the male Chihuahua has tumors in its testicles.
Tracheal collapse, which affects the dog’s windpipe, occur when the windpipe rings are weakened and cause irritation and coughing.
Urolithiasis, which affects the dog’s urinary tract, occurs when there are bladder stones formed.
Chihuahuas are a small, companion breed that is enjoyed by many people. But, they are also a breed that can be prone to these health concerns and conditions and more, so their owners should be aware and know when their dog is not feeling well.