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What the chihuahua lacks in size, he definitely makes up for in personality. This cheeky little bundle of joy is gregarious, adventurous and brave. He may be smaller than some cats, but the chihuahua never looks in the mirror. In his head, he is a rottweiler, ready to stand up to any threatening dog. His stubbornness can get him into trouble, and it’s important that you look out for him when you go for your daily walk in the park. If you choose to welcome a chihuahua into your family, you will enjoy witnessing the antics that this larger than life mutt gets up to.
Like most breeds, chihuahuas can succumb to an infestation of fleas. Fleas are those nasty little blighters that arrive onto your dog’s coat, burrow down into his fur and decide to set up home on his skin. Many owners think that fleas are part and parcel of being a dog, but it doesn’t have to be this way. By following a simple regimen, you can ensure that fleas don’t end up making your new little friend’s life a misery.
Grab hold of your mutt and check him all over. You are looking for dark spots in his fur which could be flea dirt or the flea itself. If your darling boy is scratching and itching more often than usual, it could be that the fleas are irritating or biting him. Fleas love your chihuahua because he is a constant source of food. They nip and bite and enjoy feasting on the blood of your faithful mutt. If you suspect fleas, take action.
Your first port of call is sourcing the most effective flea meds for dogs. This is not a one-time solution but the start of a regular monthly bombardment of medication to get rid of the fleas and prevent them from coming back. Fleas are hardy little creatures so ensure the medication is veterinary strength. Once he’s taken his pill, give your your chihuahua a little reward – he deserves it. Medicine comes in the forms of tablets and spot-ons as well as shampoos and sprays.
Once your precious little chihuahua has had his infestation dealt with, it’s time to fumigate the home. Yes, that’s right, you need to wash all bedding on a hot wash, hoover your entire house top to bottom and use a spray that kills all fleas inside your home. The little hooligans love hiding and lying dormant in your skirting boards, and the nooks and crannies of your couch so make sure you concentrate on these areas.
Fleas aren’t just an annoyance to your chihuahua; they can be a serious threat to his life. Many chihuahuas are allergic to flea saliva which can cause a severe reaction. If your chihuahua has a chronic condition or is entering into his golden years, he will be a little weaker, meaning that just a small infestation of fleas can cause enough blood loss to endanger his life.
Enjoy the time you have with your chihuahua and make sure that he settles into your family. Your chihuahua may stick to you like a limpet and become your new best friend. You wouldn’t have it any other way.