Some people are drawn to chubby things, but when your Chihuahua starts gaining weight, you should be worried. Most owners downplay their Chihuahua’s obesity as a non-concerning issue, but you shouldn’t.
Health effects arising from your Chihuahua being overweight can be far from cute. You wouldn’t want your pooch to suffer from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or hypertension.
Why is my Chihuahua fat, and what can I do about it? It’s easy for chihuahuas to gain weight due to their small body size. A little bit of overfeeding from every meal, an urge to pamper with dog treats, or a slightly prolonged period of days without exercising or movement can easily and subtly contribute to a Chihuahua’s weight gain.
The weight loss program for Chihuahuas would involve not only the pooch eating less and moving more, but also the owner feeding less and carrying it less.
If you have an overweight dog, you’re not alone. Studies suggest that overweight dogs in the United States, 40% of all dogs in the US are overweight.
Since a healthy Chihuahua can be your canine buddy for up to 18 years, it’s only right to do the right thing to control the situation before it escalates; being overweight, that is. If it’s not already overweight, you should take some precautions to avoid getting to that point, but we’ll look into that in a bit.
First, we’ll discuss how it’s weight determines its quality of life.