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Ok, so I went to AC and picked up the little chihuahua with mange. I took him straight to my vet. It is demodex. *sigh* That's ok, I like him anyway. He is somewhere between 6-8 months old is our best guess. He is heartworm negative (tested so we could safely begin mange treatment). He weighs all of 5.2 pounds. I plan on scouring this entire site but I'm in a little bit of a panic. I have never owned a dog this small. He's a little on the thin side - I want to get him up at least 1/4-1/2 pound heavier. My biggest concern is hypoglycemia. How much/often should I feed the little guy? I offered him the same amount of soaked kibble (Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul) that I give my 10 pound poodle and he seems to like to eat. :) I'm worried about offering free choice feed and house training, but I don't want to risk his health.

Other than that, I am extremly pleased with him. He walked fairly well on leash (harness), he tolerated getting his nails clipped, was decent about his skin scraping, screamed like a banshee when his leg was restrained for the blood draw but never offered a growl or anything and gave every one kisses after. He doesn't seem nervous or spooky at all and has nice manners with my other dogs (he was safely in his crate when they met him). He is in his crate (which is HUGE for him - he has a pillow bed with a towel blanket, water bowl and food bowl on one side and newspapers on the other. I don't care for that set up so much, but since he was at the pound, I kind of want to sort of quarantine him as much as possible and would rather he didn't poo where the others can contact it yet.)

Other than that, any suggestions? I want to raise him to be the kind of chihuahua that make people realize that they are not just little old people dogs with nasty attitudes. I want him to be a good little dog.

Thank you from me and my new little guy, Bacchus.
 

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At 6 months plus and 5lbs, as long as he is eating normally he isn't at risk from hypoglycemia. I would feed him twice a day, or possibly 3 times while you are trying to put some weight on him.
I agree that house training is much harder with a free-fed dog, plus I like to know exactly how much they are eating. Offer him his food and remove what he hasn't eaten after 15 minutes. He will then start eliminating on a schedule and you will prevent him becoming a fussy eater.
He sounds lovely, just continue to expose him to new places, people and experiences, they key to having a well-balanced Chihuahua is socialisation (and it sounds like someone has done a good job with him in his formative months) and treating them no different than bigger dogs.
Good luck with the mange, and thank you for rescuing him. Can we have some pics?
 

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Thank you, WickedPixie (I LOVE your username - too cute!).
I plan on raising him like I do my herding dogs, well, minus the herding I guess. lol I'm just a little intimidated by his size, or lack thereof. I grew up with Ridgebacks and moved on to rotts, GSDs and now my Kelpies and Coolies. I do have the toy poodle that thinks he's a Kelpie (even tries to herd my ducks).
He does seem to have the basics down fairly well and has a great temperment, I'm pleased about that.
I did catch myself scooping him up at the vet when someone's mini sized dog came to check him out. I hope I can remember to not ruin him doing that, but I need to protect my dogs, too.
He ate about half the food I offered, I picked that up and will offer it to him in a few hours. He has a fleece toy and a rib bone now (he still has his baby canines, I'm hoping he can at least loosen them up with some good chewing, I'll have them pulled when he's neutered).
I'll work on pictures when my daughter comes home from school and can help me. I want to keep a record of his growth and progress with his mange, too.

I think this is going to be fun!
 

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I was also a big dog person before Chis captured my heart. They are very addictive, I honestly can't see myself with any other breed now. They really are the best :D
I think little Bacchus has landed on his feet with you.
 

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Oh you are a gem for rescuing him. I'm a big dog girl too and simply treat my 4 Chi's like my big dogs (except when another dog is around & then I'll scoop them up quicker than blink, it only takes a second to shake the life from them).

I had a giggle over the "except the herding" - do NOT be surprised if you Chi ends up a better working dog than all the others put together .. that's my prediction anyways :toothy9:

My first dog ever was a border kelpie on our dairy cattle farm.
 

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Actually, it wouldn't surprise me anymore. What surprised me was how well my toy poodles took to tracking and herding ducks. lol I fell into the unfortunate prejudice that only 'working' dogs could work. I am reminding myself now that they are all dogs with the same basic genetic background. I know this logically, I just need to remember that in practice. lol

What a nice little dog he's already showing himself to be - not even gone potty in the house. I was gone to my mother's for dinner. Bach's crate and newspapers are still spotless. :D and super, super friendly. He just met my daughter and he flirted so sweetly with her. Now he's being all sweet to Bug. Good little boy!
 
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