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HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHIHUAHUA WARM

This page is designed to pass along useful tips and information I have gathered over the years as a Chihuahua owner and lover of the Chihuahua Breed. The Chihuahua is the smallest of all the breeds in the toy group and carries with it special needs and considerations unique to it's size, temperament and extremely high degree of intelligence. We hope this page will help you have a smooth transition if you are a new Chihuahua owner. If you've been a Chihuahua owner and lover of the breed for a long time, you might still find some of our information to be useful. As with all tips on this website, we urge you to use common sense if you use our hints, and watch your pet/pets carefully when any new or different situation is introduced to ensure their safety and well-being.

Recently I sent out an email to everyone on our mailing list describing how we use a heating pad for Gypsy almost continuously during the winter months. I included in this mail-out three photos of Gypsy snuggling underneath her piles of baby blankets on her own pillow which also has a heating pad turned on low for added warmth. The response to this one email tip was overwhelming and garnered more positive feedback than any single email announcement we have ever sent out! I was surprised that so many people were not aware of the Chihuahua's specific need for extra warmth. So, our Chihuahua breed tip is about the heating pad.

Gypsy on her heating pad with two blankets on top.

Chihuahuas are a warm-blooded breed with a natural body temperature higher than other canines. They will chill easily and really like to stay very warm at all times. The breed has a natural instinct to "burrow" or "nest" under blankets, throws, comforters, or anything which will keep them warm. Gypsy displayed this trait even when she was a young puppy and we have always kept a generous supply of soft fleece baby blankets for her to "nest" in. She is an expert at getting under a baby blanket very swiftly, taking a few quick turns and plopping herself down so the blankets are all tucked underneath her in a tight knot. She looks like she is wrapped tightly in a package!

About two years ago our winter became so cold and frigid Gypsy seemed unable to stay warm no matter how many blankets we provided so I decided to get out a heating pad and turn it on low. I placed the heating pad on a standard sized bed pillow, placed a soft baby blanket over the pad as extra protection against it being too hot next to her skin and turned it on low. Gypsy loved this arrangement so much she uses a heating pad nearly year round now! I was concerned at first about the safety of this and specifically asked my veterinarian if it was OK for my baby to sleep on a heating pad nearly twenty-three hours a day. (which is the amount of time she seems to sleep) Heaven knows Chihuahuas love to nap!

Gypsy snuggles on her heating pad

Gypsy on her heating pad with extra blankets

My veterinarian assured me this was perfectly safe so long as the heating pad was kept on low at all times. Well, the rest is history! I have a happy, warm Chihuahua who loves being on her heating pad almost as much as she likes to eat. The photos on this page clearly show how much she loves to be hot, hot, hot. Sometimes I lift up her blanket and it feels like a steam bath under there!

If you have a Chihuahua I recommend trying the heating pad. It is helpful not only for keeping your babies warm, but they seem so content and well-rested when they are kept especially warm.

If you use this tip, please observe your pet when it is first introduced to the heating pad. As with any breed, some dogs are "chewers." If your pet is a heavy chewer, I do not recommend using a heating pad because of the possibility of the pet chewing on the electrical cord. Gypsy has never been much for chewing on anything, but mostly she is content to just be sleeping on the pad that she never thinks about the cord or anything else.

I hope you find this tip useful. Send me an email if you use it. We'd love to hear from you!


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