Chiweenies and Flea Allergies

Flea bites don’t just hurt your chiweenie. Each time your little dog gets bitten by a flea, it runs the risk of being hit with approximately the 15 different types of antigens which studies confirm flea saliva contains. Some dogs don’t seem to be affected by the antigens, while others react strongly to it.

Signs That You Chiweenie is Allergic to Fleas

Some chiweenies don’t seem to be bothered by the antigens in flea saliva while others experience a strong allergic reaction. It’s no different than how one person can have an intense reaction to a tree pollen while the person standing right beside them remains unaffected. Just because your dog is scratching at a flea bite, it doesn’t mean they’re allergic to the pests. Even dogs who aren’t allergic find the bites itchy. The best way to determine if your chiweenie is allergic to flea bites by parting their hair. Lesions indicate an allergy. It’s important to remember that even a dog that isn’t actually allergic to fleas will scratch at a bite.

Be ready, the lesions are generally the very first sign of a flea allergy and if you’re unable to quickly rid your pet and their living environment of the biting bloodsucking insects your dog’s allergies will grow steadily worse.

The more your dog gets bit, the more they’re scratch and bite at the spot which quickly cases large, round, raw sores which are referred to as hot spots. While a spot can form on any part of your Chiweenie’s body, the most likely place for one to develop is on their back between their hips and the base of their tail.

Additional symptoms that will develop as your dog continues to deal with their flea allergy includes:

  • Hair loss
  • Bumps that look like pimples
  • Skin that grows progressively thicker and darker until it bears a strong resemblance to elephant hide
  • Some dogs will engage in such severe self-mutilation in an attempt to get some relief from their flea allergy that they’ll great bloody wounds in the areas where the fleas gather and bite.

If the hot spots created by the flea allergy aren’t treated quickly and the dog continues to get bit by fleas, the odds of your pet developing a bacterial or yeast infection grow. Once this happens you need to take your chiweenie directly to the vet so they can advice you on the best way to treat the infection.

In severe cases, you will want to take your chiweenie to the veterinarian for their allergies. It’s possible they’ll prescribe

Treating Flea Allergies

The sooner you can rid your dog of the fleas the better. One of the first things you should do is give them a bath. Believe it or not, you don’t have to invest in a bottle of expensive flea pet shampoo, the best product is most likely sitting behind your kitchen sink right now. It’s Blue Dawn.

Put your dog in a bucket, sink, or bathtub and get them thoroughly wet. Once they’re soaked, you’ll want to scrub them with soap. It doesn’t take a lot of soap; you should be able to clean your chiweenie with less than ¼ of a cup. When scrubbing your dog, you don’t want to grind the soap into their skin, but you do want to make sure you massage the soap into the roots of the hair where the fleas are hiding.

The important thing to remember is that the only thing the Dawn dish soap does is rid your chiweenie of the fleas that are on them at the time. There will still be fleas  on your dog’s bed, your carpet, and possibly your yard. Ask a friend to keep your dog at their house for a few hours while you washing everything your pet came into contact with and steam clean your carpet. It doesn’t hurt to flea bomb your house as well.

Now your will need to make sure no fleas make their way back onto your chiweenie. I use a topical treatment on Anya which has worked well for her. A friend of mine has a long lasting flea collar that she purchased from her veterinarian. Other’s I’ve spoken to prefer an oral treatment. There are pros and cons to each choice. Don’t be afraid to ask your veterinarian, as well as family and friends, for their recommendations.

If your chiweenie has severe flea allergies you will need to plan on giving them a flea bath as soon as you get home from each and every veterinarian appointment. If you’re going out of town and need to leave your pet behind, see about leaving them with a pet sitter rather than at a kennel where there’s an increased risk of them being exposed to fleas.

Once your dog has developed an allergic reaction to flea bites, you should expect to have to deal with the problem for the rest of their life

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My Surprising Discovery About Dog Collars and Chiweenies

When I first met Anya, one of the first things the employee at Noah’s warned me about was leading the Anya by a collar. She said I needed to make sure I used a harness.

I was startled. I’d always used a collar when leading dogs and never had a problem. I managed to swallow my instinctive sarcasm and not point out that at that very moment, the only thing Anya was wearing was a bright green collar.

Luckily, The Noah Project is run by wonderful people who not only want to find homes for the dog and cats they take in, but who are also interested in making sure all adopters are properly educated. She said that toy breeds, such as chiweenies, are prone to a medical condition called collapsing trachea, and that when a small dog yanks against a collar as some are prone to doing, it can cause the trachea to collapse, leading to problems.

Since I’m not the type of person who takes anyone’s word for anything, I went home, booted up the computer, and did some research. It turns out that pulling on the collar isn’t the only thing that can cause a chiweenie’s trachea to collapse. Coughing and over-exertion is also a problem. The condition is most common in toy breeds who have passed their 5th birthday.

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“No collar on me!”-Anya, the Farm Chiweenie

The good news is that most dogs who have a collapsing trachea are able to live long and full lives, provided their monitored and otherwise remain in good health. However, it’s also important to acknowledge that not all dogs are so lucky. Some struggle to enjoy a high quality of life after their trachea has collapsed and require a great deal of medical care and attention. In some extreme cases, surgery is required to correct the problem.

Rather than deal with a serious and potentially life threatening problem, I suggest you fit your chiweenie for a really nice harness. If you have a little one who likes to pull, look for an anti-pulling harness. There are some really nice front leading ones that are a great choice for a Chiweenie who is just learning how to walk on a leash.

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“Okay,  full disclosure. Mom does make me wear a collar sometimes when we go on walks, but the leash is attached to my harness, not the collar.”-Anya, The Farm Chiweenie

Oh yeah, before I forget. The friend who was with me at the time asked about using a dog head halter on Anya, which was also discouraged because they have a tendency to slide into the little dog’s eyes. Chiweenie noses just aren’t long enough to manage the halter.

Good luck and don’t forget to give your chiweenie an extra cuddle from me.

Written by Jess Schira

Straight From Anya: What the Bloody $@$%@#%@#^% was That All About

I know Mom blogged about fireworks the other day, I was there, sitting right behind her while she wrote and posted the thing, but I really didn’t understand what the big deal was. I was more interested in snoozing. IMAG3795_1

Friday night came and went, no big deal.I played with Toby and Cougar. Showed my stuff blue dog who was boss. Got bored. Practiced running really fast. Just a typical night in this chiweenie’s life.

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Saturday night was a little different. I got my heartworm medicine. Mom thinks it’s ridiculous I have to spit it out each time my teeth crack the pill, stare at it for a few seconds, pick it up, break it in half and repeat the process four or five times before swallowing the pill. I think the fact she uses silverware is stupid so I guess we’re even.

 

Anyway, getting back to Saturday night. I went through my monthly ritual with my heartworm medicine, ate the hot dog Mom got me as a reward, and settled in for some cuddle time. Things were going great until there was some strange pop-pop-pop noises to the north of us.

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I listened.

I looked at Mom. She told said the noise was fireworks.

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Happy to have an explanation, I relaxed. I even opted to go with Mom into the barn so I could play with Toby while she checked on the horses. It wasn’t a big deal.

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Okay, maybe I got a little bit nervous towards the end, but I thought I handled it like a trooper. I was a fireworks master!

Than Sunday night happened. That’s the night everyone in the entire town decided to set off their own fireworks. It was really loud. I didn’t think it was ever going to stop.

I considered my options and decided the best place to hide was under mom’s desk chair. It’s a pretty good setup for a little dog. It’s covered, it’s familiar, and mom is really close by. Since mom always uses a lap blanket while she writes, the spot feels a little cave like.

Just as I was getting secure, the unthinkable happened.

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My mom got up and left me.

What the …!

She said she had to check on the horses and make sure they hadn’t run through the fence, but I’m not sure I believe her. I mean she didn’t smell like horse sweat or hay. She smelled a little smoky. I’m seriously wondering what she was really up to. When the next set of boomers went off a few minutes after 11, she also said a few bad words, the ones she said I couldn’t use when we discussed the Articles Under Which we Sail, before running out of the apartment.

When she came back to the apartment, she gave me a couple of Beggin’ Strips for being such a good, brave girl, so I decided to forgive her. After that, all was well with the world. Well, mostly.

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Ta for now,

Anya, The Farm Chiweenie

Articles Under Which We Sail

When she created her blog, author Susan Spann wrote a post titled Articles Under Which we Sail that basically outlined the way pirates created rules that everyone on the vessel had to adhere to or disembark the ship (and they might not be near any land at the time ofIMAG3463 the disembarkment.) I loved Susan’s idea and decided to steal borrow it for this blog.

Jess

P.S. Anya and I have already discussed the rules and she’s agreed to them.

ANYA, THE FARM CHIWEENIE’S ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT:

Article 1. This blog is my creation. I’m the one who puts time into creating the content and does everything else connected to the blog. Yes, Anya helps, but at the end of the day I’m in charge and that means follow my rules or stop reading the blog.

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“The only reason I agreed to let Mom claim the blog was because she happened to be holding my favorite stuffed toy hostage at the time.”-Anya, The Farm Chiweenie  

 

Article 2. The layout, schedule, and content can change depending on my mood and workload. It’s just going to have to be something everyone has to learn to deal with including you, Anya. That being said. If someone would like me to delve further into a topic, or has an idea for a topic, feel free to mention it. Even if it’s not something I’m interested in writing about, I might be receptive to arranging for you to guest blog.

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“Oh sorry, did Mom say something else. I was distracted..” -Anya, The Farm Chiweenie

Article 3. I’m not a fan of swearing or adult style content, so please keep it clean in the comment section. Anya, I’m looking at you. If my view towards this changes, I’ll let you know. If you absolutely must swear, use a creative, alternative word phrase or stick to the old standard @#$#@$@%^

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“Uh oh, I may have to reconsider my Anya’s Perspective piece I’m supposed to post tomorrow. Mom could have mentioned this no swearing thing sooner.”-Anya  , The Farm Chiweenie

Article 4. The world isn’t black and white and neither is the concept that everyone should adhere to one style or thought process. Since this is a pet blog, I suspect I’ll say things you won’t agree with or that you have an opinion on something that won’t align with me. It’s okay! It’s entirely possible that something will be posted that you don’t agree with and that’s okay. Your allowed to share your thoughts on the matter provided, you don’t get nasty, accept that it’s okay to not see eye to eye, and are willing to engage in a polite and respectful discussion on the matter. If I feel someone is getting bull headed, arrogant, or being downright nasty, I will block you. And if you refer to Article one, you’ll see that since this is my blog, I get to say what is and isn’t polite and respectful behavior/discussion.

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“Oh boy, this could get interesting!”-Anya, The Farm Chiweenie

Article 5. Don’t even think about coming to this blog and breaking any legal laws. Nor should you discuss laws you’ve broken or are planning on breaking. Just don’t do it!

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“It’s a good thing I’m not a rebellious chiweenie”-Anya, The Farm Chiweenie

Article 6. I’m free to delete or refute any comment I want. Again, see Article One. It’s my blog so I get to do what I want.

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“The power of running the blog might be going to Mom’s head. I need to look at the house rules and see how I can dispute who’s in control here. I should have a case. After all. I’M the Farm Chiweenie. Not Mom”-Anya, The Farm Chiweenie

Article 7. The comment section is for commenting. It’s only for commenting. It’s not for advertising. If you want to advertise something, talk to me and we’ll discuss various options and scenarios. If I find your ad in the comment section, it will be deleted. Ridiculing might also occur.

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“Pork chops are good. If you want to advertise pork chops in the comments, I’m okay with that. Hot dogs and horse hoof clippings too!”-Anya, The Farm Chiweenie

 

 

Article 8. I reserve the right to change these articles whenever I feel like it.

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“And she changes her mind ALL THE TIME! It’s exasperating.”

-Anya, The Farm Chiweenie

That’s all for now, folks! Thanks for reading and feel free to comment. Just remember the rules and adhere to them. I’d hate to have to make anyone walk the plank!

All the photos featured in this post belong to Jess Schira’s personal collection.