Q: My chihuahua needs to lose weight - but how?!

May 27, 2009 | By Anonymous | 7 answers | Expired: 2436 days ago


He is 6 yrs. old and has food allergies so his vet put him on meds. that made him gain. Now he weighs 8 lbs. when he should only weigh around 6. He's an apple head. He has breathing problems because of it. I just put him on Blue Buffalo food ( fish & potato) and skin has cleared up within one wk! I feed him in morning & evening (sm. amounts.) He doesn't walk much because it's too tiring for him - even a very short walk. I no longer give him prednisone. No table food, corn or wheats. How can I help him! I've had him since 6 wks. old.

Readers' Answers (7)
Shari P.

May 28, 2009

My Donovan has an immune system disorder that will keep him on steroids the rest of his life. He is ChiChi Terrier and should weigh 12 lbs. He weighed 20 lbs. The Vet put him on the Royal Canin Low Fat and he has lost over 3 lbs in a month and his stomach issues are all cleared up and his skin rashes are gone.

The food did so well with Donovan, I put my applehead Peanut on it since he should weigh 4-5 lbs and was gaining weight (he likes to steal the cats food when I am not looking). Peanut is back to 5lbs and his stomach problems have cleared up also.

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May 28, 2009

Well prenisone is a steriod that is well know for making dogs gain wieght pretty quickly. So you should see some results by just having him off of that. Is it too tireing for him to walk because of his breathing problems or just because he is out of shape? If he is just out of shape just do short walks and slowly increase the distance. Dogs, like people, just need good exercise with a balanced diet to lose weight.

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Makayla Y.

May 30, 2009

if u try 2 walk more that may help, i am doing that with my use-2-be 20 pound dog now she is about 16 or 17 pounds it really helped, try it. it may work :) i will put a pic of her on this
Hope this helps

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