reverse sneezing in chihuahuas: what chihuahua owners need to know

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the chihuahua puppy in this video is experiencing a classic episode of reverse sneezing.  it might look and sound concerning, but it’s usually harmless and often seen in small breed dogs.

what is reverse sneezing?

reverse sneezing is quite common in chihuahuas.  it is also known as mechanosensitive aspiration reflex, inspiratory paroxysmal respiration, and pharyngeal gag reflex.  it is caused by a spasm of the throat and soft palate that is triggered by an irritation to the throat, pharynx, or laryngeal area.

in a regular sneeze, air is pushed out through the nose.  in a reverse sneeze, air is pulled rapidly and noisily in through the nose.  you might think your chihuahua is choking or having a respiratory attack as the sound that occurs with reverse sneezing is sudden and startling.  don’t panic, your chihuahua will be okay. 

however, if you are concerned that your chihuahua has a health problem, you can review these common signs and symptoms of a sick chihuahua.

typically, a chihuahua will stand still with its elbows spread apart, head extended and eyes bulging as it makes a loud snorting sound that can last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes.

what are common triggers of reverse sneezing?

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the dangers of periodontal gum disease in chihuahuas: what you need to know

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healthy chihuahua teeth

chihuahua with strong and healthy teeth – model: bella the famous chihuahua

when gum disease starts, it’s usually goes unnoticed because there are no outward signs and symptoms.  however, once it begins to accelerate in growth, it can damage your chihuahua’s mouth resulting in eroded gums, teeth falling out, bone loss, internal pain, suffering and even death.

the good news is that gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can be prevented.

why do chihuahuas get gum disease?

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tips to keep your chihuahua safe, happy and healthy this halloween!

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cute chihuahua cow

halloween is fast approaching and famous chihuahua® would like to ensure chihuahua owners keep their chihuahuas safe, happy and healthy by asking them to follow these simple safety tips:

select costumes carefully
if you dress up your chihuahua up for halloween, choose a costume that doesn’t limit their movement, hearing, sight or ability to breath or bark. check for any choking hazards also.

skip the sweets
avoid feeding your chihuahua halloween candy. many treats can be toxic to your chihuahua’s health and those that contain the artificial sweetener xylitol can be poisonous. even small amounts can cause a drop in blood sugar and result in seizures. also avoid feeding them chocolate. dark chocolate and bakers chocolate can be especially dangerous.

throw away candy wrappers
ingesting aluminum or cellophane can cause intestinal blockage and induce vomiting. throw those candy wrappers in the garbage to avoid them becoming a play toy for your pet.

keep your chihuahua in another room during the trick-or-treating rush
halloween can bring many unexpected visitors to the door all at once. this can make your chihuahua nervous and likely to flee when the door opens. if they accidentally get loose, make sure your chihuahua is wearing an id tag.

avoid potentially harmful decorations
candles in jack-o-lanterns are easily knocked over. avoid using them as this can result in a fire and burns to your chihuahua. also, take preventative care with open wires, cords and potentially harmful products your chihuahua may try to ingest. do your best to keep them out of harms way.

playing it safe isn’t tricky, just play it smart!

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how to brush your chihuahua’s teeth

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your chihuahua’s teeth should be brushed everyday.  it will help to keep your chihuahua’s teeth and gums clean, healthy and free of periodontal gum disease.

start brushing your chihuahua’s teeth early, so it becomes routine they willingly become accustomed to.  early brushing will also prevent the likelihood of other chihuahua health problems.

chihuahua holding toothbrush

(photo: minnie pearl by lauren quinn)

what should you use to brush your chihuahua’s teeth?

use a child’s soft-bristle toothbrush, a finger toothbrush, gauze around a finger or a cotton swab.

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shaking puppy syndrome: a condition in dogs known as hypomyelination

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chihuahua in hands

shaking puppy syndrome is a disease that effects the central or peripheral nervous system of the brain and is medically termed hypomyelination.  the good news is that your puppy can grow out of it and still grow up to live a happy and healthy life.

at birth, often puppies that develop the syndrome are normal.  they later develop symptoms at 1 – 2 weeks old.  typically they begin to tremor and it’s predominantly more noticeable in the hind legs.

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