Chihuahua Food Tips for Teacup Chihuahua Breeders

  • 26/01/2014

Teacup Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog in the world. This fact compliments their cutie appeal, but apart from this, their miniature stature means that their eating practices will need to be monitored closely.

Because they cannot consume a great amount of food they need to eat frequently so as to avoid malnutrition, keep up their high energy levels and avoid even more serious health problems such as dehydration and even hypoglycemia. This occurs when blood sugar levels fall to perilously low levels resulting in drowsiness, shivering, seizures, depression and even death. The thing is though they must also be monitored for overeating as they tend to be prone to obesity. Additionally all if any leftovers must be cleared away so as to avoid bacteria growth.

So where do we start when it comes to feeding practices. Well... Firstly give them enough food to keep them for a couple of hours. The food should consist of fresh meats, proteins and vegetables, but dried puppy chow has the additional benefit of reducing the chance of plaque and tartar, so it can also be considered. If your little Chihuahua starts refusing food it may be possible that he/she is just tired of that type of food and needs a little diversity. After all dogs have taste buds also.

Secondly, I know this issue is a big one because even I have been guilty of doing it, but feeding your little Teacup Chihuahua table scraps is a definite no. There are many ingredients in our normal everyday meals that can be harmful to your dog's health. These ingredients in a larger dog may have small effects or even none at all, but with their small size it would only take a little to become life threatening to your beloved Teacup Chihuahua. Ingredients like onions and garlic can cause anemia and even stuff like chocolate (poor dogs don't know what they're missing) can cause heart and kidney diseases.

Last but not least regular visits to your friendly neighborhood veterinarian would ensure that your little friend gets the best nutrition possible. Your Vet will be able to tell you what vitamins are needed and would be able to inform you of any dietary changes that may be needed.

All in all a well fed, energetic and healthy Teacup Chihuahua is sure to bring lots of pleasurable memories and loads of comfort to his or her lucky owner.

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