Hydrocephalus is common in Chihuahuas
Please, bear in mind that a Chihuahua puppy has a soft skull, and therefore no pressure can be applied to it. This is called “fontanelle”. A molera is a “hole” in a Chihuahua’s head and as I’ve explained it is the same as a fontanelle for human babies. Actually, in the past, this “hole” was recognized mark of purity for this dog breed, and it is still mentioned in most Chihuahua breed standards.
All you need to know for now is that the open fontanelle occurs when the bones of the skull fail to meet and fuse. As most vets note, this is usually found on the pup’s forehead. The “hole” is gradually closed and this process is considered usual for this dog breed If the soft spot is large, then your pup definitely needs a vet.
There is a disease, hydrocephalus which is translated as ‘water brain’ and this means that there is an excessive accumulation of fluid within the skull. This fluid affects normal brain function and may cause severe neurologic disease. Trauma to the soft area may cause serious neurological problems and you should be aware of this. I highly recommend you to be aware of the diagnosis Hydrocephalus and take actions on time.
How to take care of a teacup Chihuahua
What’s a teacup Chihuahua?
If you think teacup Chihuahua is a different breed of Chihuahuas, guess again. All Chihuahuas are as small as a teacup when they are born, but some fail to reach their adult size and weight of around 5-6 pounds.
Teacup Chihuahuas are those that weigh less than three pounds. But they are not recognized as a different breed. So, if someone is offering you newborn teacup Chihuahua puppies, it’s probably a scam.
What do teacup chihuahuas eat?
If you have a teacup-sized puppy, you need to choose a pet food specially designed for toy breeds. Teacup Chihuahuas tend to suffer from low blood sugar levels, which could be fatal for their little bodies. So you should provide several small meals during the day.
How much to feed a teacup Chihuahua?
The mini Chihuahuas are easy to overfeed. Consult with a veterinarian to choose a high premium dog food for toy breeds and follow the provided feeding guide based on the weight of your Chihuahua and how active it is.
Since they are tiny, teacup Chihuahuas require even more attention and care. The smaller the Chihuahua, the bigger the chance for various health issues like diabetes, hypoglycemia, heart problems, and bone fractures. If you pick the puppy in the wrong way or roll over it while asleep, the little one might suffer a break injury. Also, you must keep it away from large dog breeds or cats since they could hurt it.
So think very hard whether you actually want such a puppy. It’s not a toy. It’s a living thing with very special needs. If you only want it so that you can carry it around in your purse, better get a stuffed dog.