Feeding a Chihuahua Puppy

The puppies are the most loyal friends in this world. There are different breeds of puppies but here we will talk about Chihuahua puppies. These puppies can be your most beloved companions because of their caring and loyal nature. So when you take their responsibility it’s very important to be concerned about their diet.

As we know that the growing period is really very important whether they are humans or animals. This stage is crucial and complicated for Chihuahua puppies.

They are the tiny dogs in the world so they need more attention and a special diet for their quick growth. Moreover, they should be fed are the right time with the right amount of food so they can grow healthy and powerful.

As we talk earlier that there are different breeds of puppies so each breed has its own dietary needs and the same is with the Chihuahua puppies.

 

Amount of food Chihuahua puppy should be fed

The Chihuahua puppies that are newborn weight some ounces and they can be adjusted in your hand. The first few weeks are very important for them as they grow fast and require a lot amount of nutrients that will help them grow energetic and well.

Further, it’s important to know how much your puppy weights as it will help you to decide how much food your puppy needs to eat. A puppy with good health who exercises daily and is one-year-old will need about 50 calories.

You can also get some knowledge from the breed your dog belongs to as it will help you to know the kind and quantity your puppy had been eating food. If you decided to change their diet, then step by step give it to them.

A Chihuahua who is an adult will need ½ or 1/3 cups of food in one day which is divided into 3 snacks. So a Chihuahua puppy will require a smaller amount of food than adult ones.

These puppies have very sensitive stomachs as rapid change can cause problems and can disturb their stomachs. ½ or ¼ cup of food is enough for Chihuahua puppies in one-day relying on their weight and age.

Ways of feeding Chihuahua puppy

These puppies are very small so the amount of food you fed should also be small. The quantity of food and their daily diet is based on their age and the daily task they perform.

Normally, they should be given food 3 to 4 times a day when they want it. Chihuahua should be given dry kibble which has low fat. Chihuahua puppies are not huge so the food they eat should be according to them.

2-3 week old Chihuahua puppy

At this age, the puppies should be kept with their mothers as they just opened their eyes. They depend upon their mother’s milk. When the puppy comes under 3 weeks he will be trying to stand on his own.

But still, he is dependent on his mother’s milk and needs no other diet. They will grow rapidly and will be healthy if they are given an exact amount of diet. In 2-3 weeks they twice in size.

4-5 weeks old Chihuahua puppy

When Chihuahua puppy becomes 4 weeks older you can bring them to solid foods. As you know that they are tiny dogs so the food should be crushed into smaller pieces. Moreover, blend the food in one portion of kibble and 3 portions of water.

Then try your best to feed the puppy but if he didn’t respond to it then don’t be shocked because maybe he is not willing to eat it. But still, the puppy should be given the mother’s milk.

So now when your puppy is 5 weeks older he might still be on his mother feed but u can try to give him the food again that u make earlier to check if your puppy is ready to eat it.

Your puppy may be excited to eat it and maybe he will avoid it. But still, be dog should be on his mother’s feed. In 4-5 weeks from 7 ounces, they can be 1.3 pounds.

6-7 weeks old Chihuahua puppy

It’s time to start the weaning process if you haven’t started yet. Carry on with food which is 1 portion of kibble and 3 portions of water. Then check if your puppy is happy with it.

If he eats the mixture, then after some time decrease the quantity of water. Carry on with it unless no water is added to the mixture and only kibble part is left. The mother dog should be feeding him still.

When he becomes 7 weeks older you should give him food many times a day. The puppy is not prepared for a lot of meals and should be receiving milk from his mother. Your puppies will not eat a lot in the form of kibble.

8-9 weeks old Chihuahua puppy

When they reach at age of 8 weeks now they must be separated from their mothers and should be independent as now they are well aware of kibble.

The atmosphere of your puppy is now changed to give him time to adjust to the new environment.

At the age of 9 weeks, he must be adjusted to the new environment and place. If you want to change his food which he was eating before (kibble) then you have to do it slowly throughout many days.

This slow process will avoid the problem of upsetting his stomach. In 8-9 weeks, his weight can be from 11 ounces to 2 pounds.

10-11-12 weeks old Chihuahua puppy

Now your Chihuahua puppy is 10 weeks older in good health. He must be growing rapidly so now extend his meal to 3 times a day. Give him the right amount of food and it’s your responsibility to check whether your puppy needs more or less to eat.

When he becomes 11 weeks older he must show a lot of interest in eating but be cautious towards his weight. As there is a difference between healthy weight and overweight.

If your dog shows more interest in eating don’t give him extra food as it can be dangerous for his health.

So when your puppy reaches the age of 12 weeks his weight might be twice than the previous weeks.

At this stage, Chihuahua puppies will grow fastly and they should need meals 3 to 4 times a day but still, the quantity of food should be ½ cup.

Chihuahua puppies need very little to eat but if your puppy looks skinny then gradually add more to their diet.

 

2-6 months old Chihuahua puppy

Age

Suitable weight

2 months oldHalf a pound up to 2 pounds
3 months oldUnder a pound and 3 pound
4 months oldMore than one pound up to 4 pounds
5 months old1.5 pounds up to just 5 pounds
6 months oldBetween 1.65 and 5.5 pounds

 

Food that should not be given to Chihuahua puppy

Some meals can be harmful and poisonous for all dogs. Chihuahua puppies are so very small so you should make sure that you are feeding them the right food with the right amount at the right intervals.

Below is the list of foods that you should avoid giving to your puppy.

  • Grapes
  • Avocados
  • Cat food
  • Chocolate
  • Garlic and onions
  • Alcohol
  • Uncooked dough
  • Caffeinated food and drink
  • Raisins
  • Citrus fruits
  • Walnuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Nutmeg
  • Bones
  • Xylitol

Avoid giving these ingredients to your puppy as it can upset their tummies and can be harmful to their health. If your puppy is eating unnatural food that involves food colorings can have a negative impact on your puppy as they can suffer from skin and abdominal problems.

If that food contains some unhealthy ingredients should always be avoided. We hope that you take great care of your puppy and give them the right food to eat so that they can stay healthy and grow quickly.

Rate of growing of Chihuahua puppy

When a Chihuahua puppy is born in length he is around about 3 to 4 inches. There are many features by which you can find out how healthy and large your puppy will be.

For the growth and size of Chihuahua puppy the size of their parents and even the size of their forefather’s matters. The Chihuahua puppies are very small that’s why the Teacup Chihuahua phrase is used to express them.

Solutions for overweighed Chihuahua puppy

As we have discussed earlier in this article that Chihuahua puppies are really small so taking care of their diet is very important. If your dog has eaten extra food, then it will be very easy for you to observe the additional weight in your puppy’s looks.

If you give extra or unhealthy food to your puppies, then it can cause fatness and further in life can lead to problems like arthritis to diabetes and moreover heart and thyroid issues.

It’s necessary for your dogs to exercise daily as it will help them to burn their calories and will prevent many diseases discussed above. If your puppy becomes over-weighted, then it will be hard for him to drop extra weight.

Solutions of underweight Chihuahua puppy

If your dog is not eating well, doing more exercise and burning calories, and have some medical problems then definitely he will be underweight.

You should take him to the veterinary doctor for a checkup to solve the issues like hypo glycemia or parasites.

Chihuahua puppies have problems regulating their blood sugars just like other toy breeds. Their symptoms include muscular weakness, trembling, drowsiness, convulsions and twitching.

If you do not treat Hypoglycemia suitably then it can be terrifying for your puppy’s life. Give him the extra food that contains nutrients so he can gain his health back.

 

FAQ’S

What is Chihuahua good for?

They are loyal and are good escorts. If you treat them respectfully then in return they will treat you the same. If the strangers or small kids tortured them then it can be possible that Chihuahua can attack them.

At what age do Chihuahua’s teeth fall out?

When the puppies reach 4 weeks of age than 28 temporary teeth start coming out. When they reach the age of 14 -30 weeks, between this age their teeth start to fall out and this varies from dog to dog.

How do I toilet train my puppy?

  1. After the meal take him to the toilet
  2. Then allocate him the toilet area
  3. If they do their job properly then give some treat
  4. After every 2 hours give him the chance to go to the toilet
  5. Make this his habit

Should you let your dog sleep with you?

Sure! As it will build up the bond between both of you. You can also feel relax with your puppy. Otherwise, you can also put his bed next to yours.

Your dog would love to sleep with you and may cuddle to have a good sleep. If your dog is trained enough then there is no harm in making them sleep with you.

Where should my puppy sleep at night?

Your puppy used to sleep on the bed that should be in the corner so that you can put an eye on him. Keep the small kids away from them so that they can have a good sleep.

Moreover, you can arrange a sleeping place for your pup at a special place in your house where you could keep an eye on him.

Do dogs miss you?

Yes! Because dogs also have emotions and they miss the person with whom they have bonded with. They miss them who was with them for so long and now is no more with them.

Some dogs also experience homesickness if you send them away from home for long. Some sensitive nature dogs get really sick or in severe cases die due to homesickness.

Why do dogs bite their owners?

When the dogs are very stress then they bite to protect themself. Moreover, they bite when they are frightened or they can bite to secure their things.

How do dogs show affection to humans?

As for humans, it’s easy to show their love but animals like dogs express their love through expressions and actions. Sometimes they hang their tongue or lick their feet to show their love. Many dogs join their paw and sit on knees in front if their owner to express their loyalty.

How do you train a dog to not be aggressive?

If you respond well towards your dogs, then definitely he will give you very good feedback. When he responds to you in a good way then give him a reward and always try to be kind to them and in return, they will show you good behavior.

Why do dogs follow you?

When your dog gets attach to you then obviously he will follow where you go. If you give him treats and have good behavior with them, he will follow where you go.

The dog sometimes chases you because you may resemble someone of his own or you may have disturbed him while sleeping.

Does rubbing a dog’s nose in pee help?

Don’t do this to your dog’s nose in urine or feces or never penalize him in this way. Your dog will start avoiding you and will be afraid of you.

Why do Chihuahuas cover their face?

When a dog hides their faces, it means that they are scared of something or they cover their face. It is really important for you to know what the sign of dog means so you could solve the issues he is facing.

Conclusion

Chihuahuas are one of the soft and gentle personality dogs thus require soft and gentle care for themselves.  If you are will bring them up using the above method and keeping them in mind while treating them you would barely face any issue regarding their health.

Moreover, being a good guardian of a dog means you keep an eye on all the changes that take place in your dog’s life regarding his health, mood etc.

Keep a track of your puppies’ weight and physical activeness and discuss it with the vet to make sure that your dog is growing healthy.

So, be a good caretaker and do not compromise in providing a good and healthy diet and life style to your loyal companion to make sure that they live a fit life ahead.

 

 

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