Tips For Slimming Down an Overweight Chihuahua
Some people may not think having an overweight chihuahua is a serious issue. But the fact is if you have a Chihuahua whose visibly overweight, it's important to take the necessary action immediately to get them back to a healthy size. Being overweight can cause your Chihuahua to have many serious health issues, from diabetes to depression. Following some simple steps can help your Chihuahua get back on the right track to a healthy weight and size.
Having an overweight or fat Chihuahua is no laughing matter. It can cause serious, potentially life-threatening issues, which is why proper nutrition and diet should be a top priority for every Chihuahua owner.
One of the most serious problems associated with overweight Chihuahuas is diabetes, and it can be just as dangerous to Chihuahuas as it is to people, let me explain - diabetes is the result of insulin deficiency, causing them to be unable to break down glucose (sugar). If your Chihuahua is diagnosed with this disease, they will likely need to go on a strict nutrition and diet regime, and may require insulin injections (Type II Diabetes Mellitus) in order to cope with it.
If you're Chihuahua is overweight, look for these symptoms of diabetes:
- Excessive thirst
- More frequent urination
- Eye cataracts
- Increased appetite
- Sudden weight loss
Obesity in dogs can lead to diabetes, heart disease, depression, joint pains, and many other problems. To make matters worse, Chihuahuas are at greater risk due to their small size.
Recognizing an Overweight Chihuahua
In most cases, it's pretty easy to tell if a Chihuahua is overweight. Their belly will poke out, they will have extra skin around their legs, and they may show signs of being slow and sluggish. However, if you're unsure whether your Chihuahua is overweight, try rubbing your hand down your Chihuahuas back and see if you can feel their ribs and backbone. If you can't, that's a sign your Chihuahua is storing too much fat there and needs to go on a diet ASAP.
All owners should take their Chihuahua to the veterinarian once in a while for a check-up. One of the duties of the vet is to monitor your Chihuahuas size and weight. If you're Chihuahua is in fact overweight, They will be able to tell you just how severe their weight problem is, the health risks it posses, and what you might be able to do to help your Chihuahua lose the weight.
What To Do For a Fat Chihuahua
It's the owners responsibility to take action and slim down their fat Chihuahua. How do you accomplish this? Well, you basically use the same weight loss principles we use - diet and exercise. Find out why your Chihuahua has become obese and fix it.
It should come as no surprise that one of the most common reasons Chihuahuas become fat is because their owners are simply feeding them too much! You should look on the back of the your dog food to find the proper amount you should feed a dog of your Chihuahuas size. Only feed them the specified amount to prevent them from eating too much. Also, don't fill up their food bowl just because it's empty, as some Chihuahuas will eat simply because it's in front of them. Typically, feeding twice a day is suggested.
Another reason Chihuahuas become overweight is because they aren't eating the proper food. Too many get fed their owners table scrapes after dinner. While you may not think of this as being all that bad, it can greatly accelerate the process of obesity, as well as bring on other serious health problems to your Chihuahua. You should avoid feeding them table food with the exception of cooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast.
When Chihuahuas intake more calories than they are burning, they store it as fat. This fat is stores all throughout the body. The simple answer to slimming down your Chihuahua is to lower their caloric intake and increase their caloric burn (exercise).
While eating too much, and eating the wrong foods may be the some of reasons Chihuahuas become overweight, there may be other factors. One of these is lack of exercise. Because of their size, it's all too easy to forget about taking your Chihuahua out of the house for a walk around the neighborhood or park. While Chis are great indoor pets, they still need daily exercise to keep their muscles strong and burn calories. Spend at least 20 minutes out of each day taking your Chihuahua for active walks.
Being overweight is very dangerous for a small Chihuahua, and it's up to us to help prevent this. However, following some simple steps, such as the right diet and exercise, will them lose weight and keep it off. A healthy Chihuahua can live well over fifteen years, so lets do what we can to give them a healthy life.