Chihuahua dogs are generally healthy, but a few common diseases may cause symptoms that you should be aware of. Some of these diseases include tracheal collapse, glaucoma, and hip dysplasia. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, you should seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
Symptoms of glaucoma
Symptoms of glaucoma are subtle, but they can be easily mistaken for other conditions. Some signs of this condition include an enlarged eye and a sluggish or inactive pupil. Other signs are cloudy eyes and red, inflamed eyes. If any of these symptoms are present, you should visit your vet. Your veterinarian will check the pressure of your dog’s eyes and tell you if they are normal or elevated.
There is no cure for glaucoma, but it can be treated if it is caught early. In some cases, veterinarians can use laser treatment to reduce pressure inside the eye. Medications are also available for glaucoma in dogs.
Glaucoma in dogs occurs in two types: primary and secondary. Primary glaucoma usually affects only one eye and develops over a period of time. Secondary glaucoma in dogs occurs because of an injury or disease to the eye. Symptoms can include bleeding in one eye or inflammation in both eyes.
High intraocular pressure in the eye causes damage to the retina and degeneration of the optic nerve. The retina is the innermost lining layer of the eye and contains light-sensitive cells that translate images into nerve signals. The optic nerve carries these signals from the retina to the brain. It is through this nerve that vision is achieved. If the pressure gets too high, the eyes may become so distorted that they are completely blind.
If your dog has any of the symptoms of glaucoma, you should visit your veterinarian to get an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan for your dog. Most glaucomas require long-term management. A veterinarian can recommend medications to reduce the pressure inside the eye.
Glaucoma is a painful and debilitating condition. Treatments for glaucoma in dogs vary according to the type of glaucoma and underlying health problems. Some medications reduce intraocular pressure and help preserve the dog’s sight. In severe cases, surgery may be required.
Glaucoma is caused by elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) due to insufficient drainage of aqueous fluid. This fluid is the natural way for the eye to maintain a permanent pressurized pressure, and excessive aqueous fluid can cause a bulging eye, which is a painful condition for your dog. During a checkup, your veterinarian will examine the eye pressure to make sure it is not too high.
A tonometer is used to measure intraocular pressure. If the intraocular pressure is above 25 mmHg, glaucoma is diagnosed. A veterinarian may perform other tests to determine the exact level of intraocular pressure. This may include an ocular ultrasound or an electroretinography. Early detection and treatment is important to reduce the risk of blindness.
Symptoms of glaucoma are very serious for your dog. It can cause blindness and require surgery to remove the eye. However, with proper care, you can prevent glaucoma in your dog.
Symptoms of hip dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is a condition in which the hip joint fails to develop properly. The condition usually develops between six and twelve months of age. Young dogs who are lame or show signs of hip pain may be candidates for surgery called a triple pelvic osteotomy. This surgery improves the function of the hip joint by selectively cutting and rotating the pelvis bone.
A dog suffering from hip dysplasia usually exhibits pain in the hind limbs, lameness during exercise, and muscle wasting. Some owners report that the lameness is more severe after exercise and that the dog appears less active than other puppies. Although most dysplastic dogs begin showing signs of discomfort and pain at an early age, some do not display any symptoms until they are older. If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, visit your veterinarian immediately.
Hip dysplasia is a genetic disease in dogs that affects the hip joints. When the hip joint pieces do not fit together properly, the bones begin to rub against each other. This instability can cause lameness and chronic pain, as well as long-term degenerative joint disease known as osteoarthritis. Some puppies have normal hip joints, but the ligaments supporting the hip joint can become lax in their early development, which can make them unstable. When this happens, the dogs are susceptible to severe arthritis as young as one year of age.
The symptoms of hip dysplasia in the Chiahuahua dog may not be immediately evident. The severity of the disease, the amount of inflammation, and the length of the disease will determine the exact diagnosis. A veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination to detect the disease and to prescribe a treatment plan. It is important to bring your dog in for regular checkups to monitor the progression of the condition.
In young dogs with hip dysplasia, treatment may consist of conservative management. This includes pain management, physical therapy, and limited exercise. In many cases, conservative management can prevent a dog from needing more advanced therapy later in life. In some cases, surgery may be required. This surgery may improve mobility and function. However, it is important to discuss this option with your veterinarian to decide what is best for your dog.
If you suspect your Chihuahua has hip dysplasia, it is best to visit a veterinarian to receive a diagnosis. This condition can cause pain and can lead to lameness or limping. In some cases, a veterinarian will prescribe medication that will alleviate the pain and help your dog walk. You can also consult a veterinarian for more advanced treatments such as surgery.
Proper diet and exercise are also important for hip health and can help avoid the disease in your dog. A healthy diet and exercise can prevent excess growth and reduce the risk of hip dysplasia. Keeping your pet healthy will also help prevent obesity, which can cause a variety of health issues in your pet.