A female Chihuahua will "blow the coat" after giving birth to puppies. It can take up to 6 months for her coat to fully grow back. Stress can also cause this. For both male and female Chihuahuas
, anesthetics can cause sometimes severe fur loss.
Here is a Q&A Regarding Shedding
Do you have any suggestions for controlling the shedding on my short hair Chihuahua? The vet gave me a fat to put in the dog food but it did not help. ~ Owner:Lisa, Chihuahua: Buster.
Hi Lisa. If your Chihuahua's veterinarian performed a full evaluation for medical causes such as: allergies, parasites and other and your Chi is still shedding more than normal, there are some things that you can do. If your have been assured that your Chihuahua is healthy, there are 3 elements to take a look at.
Your Chihuahua's dog food. A low quality food will not give your Chi enough of the needed vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Therefore, even with the extra fat supplements given by the vet, fur retention and shedding
issues can be very affected by low quality food. Be sure to ignore the generic dog food in the supermarket.
2) Baths. Some owners, in an attempt to keep their Chihuahua very clean do not realize that too many baths can cause a Chihuahua's skin to dry out. This can then, in turn, cause fur to fall out. Keep baths to once every 3 weeks, unless needed otherwise.
The other element about baths is that if the correct shampoo is not used, the skin of the Chihuahua can quickly become dry and cause fur loss.
Keep in mind that when a dog's skin is dry, you may not notice. The clearest sign is when a dog scratches, but some will not do this and it will be your job to make sure the skin stays soft and healthy.
It is extremely important to never use human shampoo or a cheap generic brand. Only a gentle canine shampoo should be used.
3) Grooming. While short haired Chihuahuas may not look as if they need a brushing every day, they do. And for those with long haired Chi's, brushing is important to keep the coat free of tangles. It is suggested to brush your Chi every morning.
It should be part of a daily routine that is done along with dental care
, exercise and other tasks. All Buster needs is a quick 5 minute brush each day to groom through and pick up the loose hair. This also helps to keep the skin healthy by stimulating the natural oils of the skin.