|Barked: Mon May 21, '12 7:46am PST |
|The reason for the extreme variance is that being so small they are more prone to certain medical disorders, accidents, and when they do get sick it's much more dangerous.
My first roommate rescued Chis. She lost one at about 9 years old to pyometria (she was allergic to anesthetic and so unspayed). The dog was slightly "off" for a day and a half, when my roommate came home from work to take her to the vet she had already passed. Ember, even at a starved 28lbs survived with pyo for an unknown length of time. I've heard similar stories with kennel cough turning to pneumonia and such.
Other medical disorders usually show from birth or slightly after. One of the other rescued Chis has severe spinal issues and was going to be euthanized for aggression. She just needed to NOT be picked up and treated like an accessory, because it hurt. Between that and joint management she's fine now, but I suspect she won't live as long for her physical problems.
She also has a 15-year-old Chi rescued from a hoarding situation who is physically sound enough that he actually runs flyball. I'm not even kidding. He doesn't weigh enough to trigger the box - we're still working on that issue - and it's about a 20 second run, but he runs all 4 jumps, grabs the ball off the box, and takes it back over all 4 jumps. It's hysterical; I love watching him run.
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