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Chihuahua with Glasses

by Renee Dietz on October 14th, 2005

A Chihuahua with glasses–does that sound like a ridiculous statement? Yes of course it does but guess what, it is true. While most Chihuahua owners know all about the cute dresses, jackets, shoes, and hats, few know that you can actually buy glasses for Chihuahuas and other dog breeds. There are actually manufacturers that design and develop special glasses to protect a Chihuahua’s eyes.

Years of research has shown us that spending long hours in the sun without having proper eye protection is a sure way of increasing the risk of developing eye disease. Since some people take their Chihuahuas with them everywhere, exposing them to strong UV rays, special doggie sunglasses have been created. These Chihuahua sunglasses are UV absorbent and designed as what they call “sungoggles,” which is a cross of sunglass and goggle.

In fact, this is such a serious business that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has even formed very specific standards for both UVA and UVB protection in the development of these “sungoggles.” That means each pair must be capable of blocking a minimum of 50% UV rays before they are determined saleable.

Now keep in mind that some of these Chihuahua sungoggles are very expensive but they do not have to be. There are many brands on the market today that are actually quite affordable. Therefore, before dishing out significant money, simply read the label, looking for sungoggles for your pet that can block more than 50% UVA and UVB radiation. Because some of these glasses are made in other countries, the equivalent in metric numbers would be 400nm, which would be 100% absorption of UV rays.

The problem is that some Chihuahuas have an eye disease known a Pannus. These dogs should most definitely stay out of the bright sun, which can cause pain and further problem with the disease. In this case, buying the Chihuahua a pair of sungoggles is an excellent way of protecting the eyes from UV radiation. Now, while it might seem strange to see a Chihuahua with glasses, with all of the designer clothes, little booties, raingear, and other apparel for this breed, glasses should be expected.

Most of these sunglasses are made from polycarbonate, which is shatterproof. Additionally, the lenses are fog-proof to keep the sun as well as debris and wind out of the dog’s eyes. The design is a wrap-around frame so the eyes are completely enclosed. The glasses also come with adjustable elastic straps so the glasses stay on comfortably and securely. The design looks much like a swimmer’s goggle and on a Chihuahua, is absolutely adorable while also being functional.

Author’s Bio: Renee Dietz says she has “been blessed with the ability to write.” Over the past 25 years, she has written more than 150 ebooks, well over 18,000 articles, and web content. Renee has written on various subjects that range from teaching a parrot to talk to stock commodities to weddings and everything in between. Her style is creative, informative, and always reader-friendly. Renee goes on to say that “writing is my passion, something I take to heart. For this reason, I work diligently to ensure every client is a happy client.” One of Renee’s favorites quotes comes from Douglas Adams - “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

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Comment by Chanel Sunglasses
2008-06-20 21:02:54
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Lol this is too cute, however I had no idea chihuahuas could get Pannus, I never even heard of it! I have a little chihuahua named Dolly, she’s only 3 and we live in Arizona so I will definitely be paying attention when I take her out from now on.

Thanks, wonderful post!

 
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