You love your furry companion, and you want it to have the best life, so you feed it what seems to be the right amount of food. But what looks like a decent serving can be too much for a Chihuahua. Since they are a smaller breed, they require fewer calories a day, and any excess can easily have a significant impact on their weight.
The question of how much food your Chi should eat in a day can only be answered by considering its weight. Since the average weight is between 3 lbs to 6 lbs, the daily calorie intake of a Chihuahua should be between 70 to 270 calories per day.
Letting It Eat From Your Plate
It may be tempting for dog owners to share their meals with their chihuahuas, but this can be detrimental to your Chihuahua’s health. The amount of calories, fat, and sodium in human food surpasses the recommended amount a dog should consume, especially so for the case of a small breed like the Chihuahua.
Lack of Exercise
You may be feeding it the right portions, but without enough exercise, your Chihuahua still runs the risk of becoming overweight. A Chi should be walked 1 to 2 times a day, and Chihuahua owners should try to carry your pooches less.
However, take heed to not over-exercise it. Over-exercising will result in issues with your Chihuahua’s growth plates.
Failure to Change Its Diet As It Grows
Maintaining the same portions as the pooch ages may be the problem. As they age, Chihuahuas need fewer calories per day per pound of body weight. You will need to reduce its calorie intake by 10 to 60 calories per day while still helping it maintain an active lifestyle through regular walks.