The Chihuahua's Special Dietary Needs

Proper nutrition keeps these little dogs fit, healthy and happy.

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Feeding Time Tips
 Set a relaxed feeding schedule so that your Chihuahua knows about when a meal is coming but does not become a pest as the clock strikes 5 pm. If feeding time is usually somewhere between 5 and 6 pm, your dog won't panic when you're late.

 Teach your dog to sit before you place the food bowl on the floor. If the dog is sitting, it won't jump at the bowl, spilling food all over the floor.

 Allow 15 to 20 minutes for your dog to clean its dish, then pick up the bowl.

 Don't free-feed if you are housetraining your dog; dogs that have constant access to food have constant activity in their digestive systems.

 Keep children away from your dog during feeding time; your pet should never feel it has to defend its food against toddlers or older children.

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peggy - 175752   Mesa, AZ

5/3/2013 11:59:06 PM

I am only feeding my little guy, 5 lbs, 4 tablespoons of food per day. It doesn't seem like enough, but the more I feed, the more he poops. The output is greater than the input - He is pretty scrawny - am looking at changing his food in the hopes that might help, but - could use all the information I can find. Everyone talks about overfeeding, what about underfeeding.

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

3/24/2012 6:54:32 AM

good article, thanks

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Eve   London UK, AL

11/22/2010 7:54:23 AM

The article is
excellent!

To Gaynell - You may well have received a reply to your query, but if not, I would consider the advice given in the article regarding the quality of your dog's coat and her eyes and also her body-shape in order to judge whether the superb home-made food she eats is a good diet for her and whether the quantity is correct. She's certainly a well-loved girl!

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B   DB, CA

11/19/2010 11:11:41 AM

I liked this article very much. Our tendency was to overestimate food needs.

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