|Grooming Tips For Your Chihuahua
By Michael J. Warren
Let's face it -- while Chihuahuas are great dogs to have, they will
inevitably get dirty and require grooming. If you have a smooth
coat Chihuahua, brushing it once a week will help keep it shiny
A soft-bristle grooming brush or cloth should be sufficient.
However, if you have a longhaired Chihuahua, you should increase
the brushing to about two or three times each week (if not more).
Some people prefer to have their longhaired Chihuahua clipped
by a professional dog groomer to eliminate the need for so much
brushing, which is fine. If you choose to take your Chihuahua
to a groomer, however, make sure you start doing it at a very
young age to avoid causing undue stress to the dog.
Proper grooming also includes your Chihuahua's eyes. To keep
them clean, try dripping a small amount of saline solution onto
a cotton ball and then gently wiping the dog's eyes. A warm rag
or a Q-tip will also do the trick when grooming. Because a Chihuahua's
eyes tear regularly, they can develop a tearstain, which is especially
noticeable on blonde colored dogs.
The saline will reduce or eliminate the stain and clean the eyes
of the Chihuahua. This type of grooming should be done once or
twice a week, depending upon the tearing near the eyes.
If you notice the tearing is associated with a bloodshot eye
or white discharge, the problem usually cannot be fixed by grooming
techniques and is probably an infection (meaning you will need
to take your Chihuahua to a veterinarian for treatment).
Finally, don't forget that good grooming also includes regular
nail trimmings and bathing of your Chihuahua. With the proper
upkeep and maintenance, though, you will keep your Chihuahua clean,
healthy, and infection-free.
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