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Grooming Tips For Your Chihuahua

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Old May 8th 06, 05:36 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.rescue
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Default Grooming Tips For Your Chihuahua

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 and healthy.

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


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