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ood is one of the pillars of animal well-being and is a key factor in maintaining health. For this reason, it is important that we look for the best option for our dog. Thus, we must find a balanced and quality diet, adjusted to the characteristics of each specimen, such as its age, size, sex or level of physical activity. But it is also essential that we provide the appropriate amount, an aspect in which the characteristics we mentioned are once again decisive. It is at this point that caregivers may have doubts, especially if their dog is a mini breed, as they convey the sensation of being more delicate.
As we have advanced, there are some factors that are key to determining the daily amount of food that we should give to a mini breed dog like the Chihuahua. These factors are also important to help us choose the best food for him, as we will see in the next section. We highlight the following:
The factors that we have just explained, such as age, physical activity or type of food, also have to be taken into consideration when choosing the best food for our Chihuahua. In other words, we are not going to give an adult dog a specific food for puppies or a high-energy dog that only takes two short walks a day. Furthermore, in the specific case of Chihuahuas, they are dogs that can be capricious with food or have a certain digestive sensitivity, reasons why it is important look for a palatable and digestible or hypoallergenic food a>, in case you detect any allergy, which can also be environmental and not just food.
On the other hand, although it is usually associated with large breeds, joint problems can also be present, which is why a diet that includes chondroprotectors is recommended from the puppy stage. It is important to monitor the fat content of the food and the amount we offer, since these are dogs that tend to have a more sedentary life than larger ones, which favors overweight. Finally, you must also look at the size of the food, which must be suitable for a mouth as small as that of the Chihuahua.
An example of a recommended menu for this breed is that of the Lenda brand, specifically, its Lenda Mini range, which offers varieties for puppies, adults, animals with allergies, sterilized or overweight. It is a feed that is characterized by its great digestibility, which helps the dog make the most of the nutrients, and palatability, thanks to its content in natural ingredients, such as meat or fish. The recipes also include groups of exclusive ingredients designed for joint, digestive or immune system health, known as FAECs and which we talk about in depth in this other article: “Natural supplements for dogs is ideal for mini-sized dogs. It is a feed without dyes or chemical preservatives. small size kibble”. Finally, its
As we have explained, the amounts that a Chihuahua should consume per day will depend directly on the food we have chosen (food, homemade, wet diet, etc.). In the specific case of puppies, the quantities usually increase at the beginning to decrease at the end of the growth stage, since, as we have mentioned previously, at this point the energy and protein needs will be lower. As a guide, we can give the approximate amounts that a Chihuahua puppy would need if we gave Lenda Mini food:
In these first months of life, it is important to distribute the daily ration into several doses, about 4 -5 a day, which can be reduced as the puppy grows. Establishing a meal schedule, that is, offering rations at the same (or approximate) times every day, helps the well-being of the animal, which needs established routines.
Next, we leave a table with the amount of food for a Chihuahua puppy based on its age and the weight it will have as an adult. This weight will be indicated to us approximately by the veterinarian when we go to the first visit. In any case, it is important to highlight that the amounts can (and should) be adjusted as we observe the development of our Chihuahua puppy. For example, if you do not gain adequate weight with the initial amount, we will have to increase it. For homemade diets, the veterinarian specialized in nutrition who has prepared the menu will advise us.
As for adult Chihuahuas, the recommended amounts of a specific feed for mini breeds are:
This is a stage in which the dog has already reached its final size and, therefore, must be maintenance, that is, it is about ensuring that the animal remains in its ideal physical condition. To achieve this we must ensure that we do not gain weight or lose weight. If this is the case, we would have to increase or decrease the amount of daily food, respectively, adjust the time and intensity of physical activity, etc. Of course, we are talking about healthy adult dogs. Whenever a significant fluctuation in weight is detected, you should go to the veterinarian in case there is any disease. As for portions, it is advisable to divide the daily amount of food into 2 or 3.
In previous sections we have commented that the level of physical activity is an important factor when establishing the amount of daily food for a Chihuahua, and any other dog. Therefore, below, we leave a table with the indicative amounts depending on the exercise you perform and your weight. These quantities are for dry food, for homemade diets, we insist, it will be the canine nutritionist who will advise us. Likewise, we have the option of purchasing homemade menus already prepared by experts. At Lenda, for example, we find the Lenda Foodie range, with varied and complete homemade recipes.
With age, significant changes occur in the dog’s body. Digestion slows down, discomfort appears in the joints that reduce mobility, sense of smell is lost, making food less attractive, etc. All these factors affect the amount of food. Following the example of feed for mini breeds, the recommended amounts for an elderly Chihuahua would be:
In older dogs we may have to offer less food more times a day or, due to oral problems and/or of appetite, you have to opt for wet options or feed soaked in warm water.
Again, we must remember that, if we opt for homemade food, the quantities will have to be established by the nutrition specialist who creates the menu.
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