guys I own a tea cup chi, she's turned a year old recently and I'm a bit worried. She is definitely on the skinny side, you can feel her ribs and even her little spine. She's a lanky little thing but she doesn't act sickly, she prances around and plays and romps with my other two dogs normally.She also eats everything I put in her bowl (all her food, table scraps occasionally.) I understand its not healthy to feed her people food but I'm so worried about her weight...she had her shots recently and the vet didn't seemed to be concerned at all with her weight so I'm not really concerned its a health issue, I just would like to know some things to help her put on some weight. Thanks so much:) (also I've tried meat, but any suggestions are great.)
She past lean awhile ago she looks like a walking skeleton!
*Edit* The dog food I feed her is specifically formulated for chihuahuas, its healthy and has the right nutrients for her she just dosnt eat a lot of it and I ALWAYS make sure she's had enough to eat whether its giving her a few more minutes or putting the food back down later so that isn't the problem but thanks for the input (some more than others)
I'm not trying to make her fat just get her to a healthy weight
Hello. This is a common issue in all dog breeds but it is more fatal in smaller breeds such as Chihuahua's. What kind of food are you feeding her? How many fats/protein is in the food? If you are feeding her great food with a healthy source of protein and fats try oatmeal and cottage cheese. Buy original oatmeal, don't add any additional ingrediants. Then, add cottage cheese she should gain weight quickly; feed this to her in the morning and let her eat her regular dog food like she normally does. Don't be worried if she gets an upset tummy the first few days of feeding her the oatmeal/cottage cheese its normal and will go away. If it continues after a week stop the oatmeal and CC. Note: I reccomend ProPlan Chicken & Rice formula with no shredded chicken in the mix. For your puppy I would choose the highest protein/fat. Make sure you obtain a healthy weight and do not make her overweight, you should be able to put your hands on her ribs and slightly feel them. Hope this helps. Have fun with your Chihuahua!