There are a number of things that can cut the life of your beloved chihuahua short. I know that if we lived in a perfect world, you wouldn’t be on the lookout for signs that your chihuahua is dying. This just makes it all the more important to make sure that they remain healthy and safe.
One of the biggest killers of chihuahuas is heart disease. This disease will appear in many chihuahuas once they reach their advanced years – 14 years old or older. Heart disease can come in the form of heart failure, arrhythmia and heart valve problems.
Excessive Trauma or Impact
Another big killer of these lovely pups is some form of excessive trauma or impact. If you don’t watch your pooch closely, they can get into fatal accidents. Someone can step on them, a car can run them over or they can fall or be dropped from a dangerous height.
Bacterial and Viral Infections
Bacterial and viral infections have also robbed many chihuahua owners of their beloved pets. The most common ones (for all dogs) include rabies, parvovirus, distemper, sepsis and leptospirosis. Any of these can lead to the untimely departure of your furry friend, so don’t take them lightly.
Infections From Tooth and Gum Disease
Chihuahuas and other small dogs are extremely vulnerable to tooth and gum disease, most commonly the Periodontal disease. While tooth and gum disease won’t kill them, if left unchecked, the resulting infections will. One of the biggest infections is pneumonia with its high death rate among dogs.