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8/12/11 9:47 P

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I just had Choncho's teeth cleaned to the tune of $279.00, I highly recommend brushing if you can it will help in between cleaning you will have to do it alot less.

Mine fight me too, I have not had any success but I'm going to keep trying.

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8/12/11 2:59 P

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I have no ideas for you, sorry. My guy eats dry food too. I can't give him any dentabones, etc...because my Schipperke starts to growl and wants it for himself, even though he has one of his own. Too much stress for me if a fight breaks out.

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I just read this - thanks for the info.

What do you do if your chi won't chew dental biscuits, greenies, dentabones, etc? The one good thing is that I give her dry food most of the time.

Chloe will NOT let me brush her teeth emoticon It's a fight every time. Does anyone have any tips?

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8/8/11 9:16 A

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Health Issue for this week: August 8th


Teeth Issues:

Because the Chihuahua is small, he also has a very small mouth. This small mouth can cause problems with the mouth being too small for the teeth, which causes overcrowding. Overcrowding of teeth can cause food to be trapped between the teeth, resulting in plaque and tarter buildup, as well as premature tooth-loss. Keeping the teeth clean is essential to keeping the mouth and the rest of the dog healthy. Dogs that have dirty teeth are found to be at much more at risk of heart, liver and kidney damage from the bacteria entering the bloodstream.
You can help keep the mouth clean by offering dental biscuits, dental chew toys, including edible dental chew toys (i.e. greenies, dentabones, etc.), feeding dry food instead of semi-moist or canned food, brushing your dog's teeth (but don't use human toothpaste...it has fluoride...there are doggie toothpastes available at most pet shops), using the available edible water additives for dental hygiene, as well as taking your dog to the veterinarian for a dental cleaning, etc. As the Chihuahua gets older, it is almost inevitable that he will need at least one dental cleaning by the veterinarian, quite often more.
Another issue, although less serious and easily corrected, is retained puppy teeth. Toy breeds are more prone to this problem, and it is caused by the adult tooth growing beside the puppy tooth, instead of the puppy tooth falling out. I usually recommend that if there are any retained puppy teeth (the usual teeth to be retained are the long canines and the small incisors in the front), that the puppy teeth be removed at the time of spay/neuter. This way the dog is only under anesthetic once, and for the rest of his life food can't get trapped between the puppy and adult teeth.

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8/3/11 3:39 P

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Awww, I can just imagine the little pink cast. I'm glad to hear the surgery is successful, and you're probably right about the swimming therapy.

My dog is 4 yrs old and I know it's because of the weight she's put on. She had so many problems already thanks to my mother "loving her with food."
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8/3/11 2:47 P

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It was she had a little pink cast on her leg for awhile. I have a big clawfoot bathtub and after her cast came off I did water therapy in my tub. Let her swim around I think this really helped the healing process. She was almost 10 years old when she had the surgury.

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8/3/11 11:27 A

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In my introduction message I posted that my dog had this problem. She's been limping around the last 2 days.

She doesn't appear to be in any pain. She doesn't wince or whine when I touch it or move it around. She just carries the leg or limps around. I really don't like to see her that way.
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Steelkitten - was the surgery successful?

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8/2/11 9:06 P

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The last two dogs I have had had bad kneecaps. The previous one I had knee surgury twice. But so far Roxie age 4 they just slip in and out of place. She has been diagnosed with degenerative disk disease.

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7/31/11 2:51 P

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Sorry double post.

Edited by: TIME_2_SHINE at: 7/31/2011 (14:51)
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7/31/11 2:40 P

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Wow that sounds painful!!!

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I thought I would post a health fact each week:

This week will be - Subluxation of the Patella

In dog lingo, subluxation of the patella is called slipped stifles or loose kneecaps. When it occurs, the kneecap (we're talking about the rear legs) slips out of its groove sometimes often and sometimes rarely depending on the severity of the problem. If your dog is one of the unlucky few whose kneecaps slip often, surgery may be the solution. A dog with a mild case can live a normal life, kind of like a person with a trick knee. Subluxation of the patella is a relatively common problem in small breeds and some large ones as well.

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