Why does my chihuahua cry?
There are many reasons why your Chihuahua might be crying, and one of them is probably because of an underlying medical issue. Read on for more information on epiphora and entropion and signs your dog might have a problem. You can also look out for these signs yourself! Ultimately, your decision depends on your dog and his or her temperament. Once you know the reasons, you can treat your dog’s cry with love and attention.
Symptoms of a chihuahua crying
If you’ve noticed your Chihuahua is crying, you’re probably wondering what the cause might be. Most Chihuahuas’ eye sockets are large enough to accommodate normal tear drainage, but your dog may experience crying if the tear ducts are blocked. The causes can range from breed/genetic issues to eye injuries. You can also suspect a blockage if your Chihuahua develops an unpleasant odor around its eyes. The first thing to do is seek medical advice from a trusted veterinarian.
If your Chihuahua is consistently crying, the issue may be something more serious. It could be separation anxiety, which is a common condition in young puppies. But even if you’ve ruled out medical issues, you might be seeing other symptoms of aggression. For example, your Chihuahua may be suffering from an underlying behavioral problem, like aggression.
Symptoms of epiphora in chihuahuas
When a dog has the symptoms of epiphora, it is important to get them checked by a veterinarian right away. Your veterinarian will likely do a corneal stain test to rule out an underlying condition like glaucoma or ulcers. He will also perform a thorough eye exam with a magnified view of the cornea, tear duct openings, and eyelids.
The causes of epiphora are not fully understood. For example, in some cases, overactive tear glands cause the eyes to produce tears. Other causes can include trauma, infection, or blockage of the drainage system. Once diagnosed, treatment depends on the cause. Simple solutions include dietary changes and antihistamines. More advanced treatments may require surgery or antibiotics, while electrolysis may be required if the problem is genetic.
Treatment for epiphora in Chihuahusas varies according to the underlying cause. If a foreign body has gotten into the eye, your veterinarian may suggest removing it or performing a surgical procedure to open the tear duct. In other cases, your vet may prescribe antibiotics or antimycotics to combat fungi and bacteria. These drugs are usually given as an eye ointment.
Symptoms of entropion in chihuahuas
Entropion is a condition of the eye in dogs that is hereditary and can start at birth. It is caused by changes in the eye globe and muscles that surround it. This condition is generally temporary. In some cases, a dog can suffer from entropion in both eyes, or in one eye, but not in the other. Fortunately, there are some signs to look for.
Early signs of entropion include excessive tearing and holding the eyelid shut. Symptoms in puppies may be a little harder to recognize because they have flat faces. Thankfully, entropion is treatable. Young puppies may grow out of it, and temporary eyelid eversion can help ease the pain associated with it. If entropion persists, treatment may include antibiotic ointments and eyelid surgery.
Signs of a medical issue in chihuahuas
A Chihuahua’s patella can slip out of place, a condition called luxation of the patella. If your pup has luxation of the patella, you may notice your dog’s gait is irregular. He may also skip a few strides or kick its leg out sideways to put the kneecap back in its proper place. Thankfully, mild cases of luxation don’t require medical intervention, but if your dog’s patella is dislocated to a degree that requires surgical correction, surgery can be necessary.
Symptoms of hydrocephalus are wide and varied. A dog with hydrocephalus may experience seizures, slowed movement and even a swollen head. This condition is usually fatal, but treatment is available for some cases. Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) affects the spinal cord, causing pressure on the brain. Dogs with IVDD can lose sensation, motor function, and even paralysis. Pet owners may opt for mobility carts for their affected dogs to help them move around.
There are many reasons why your Chihuahua might be crying, and one of them is probably because of an underlying medical issue. Read on for more information on epiphora and entropion and signs your dog might have a problem. You can also look out for these signs yourself! Ultimately, your decision depends on your dog…