Oh my goodness. I said the “Fat” word. I myself am a girl of a certain size, but I think my pink belly is cute.
Unfortunately my daddies think I need to lose a pound or two as does the vet. I only weigh 11 pounds or so which is a tad much for a Chihuahua.
Dog obesity is a real problem that affects 25 – 40 percent of dogs. That’s a lot of extra poundage.
Obesity can result in joint injuries, tracheal issues, heart disease and bronchitis, all leading to a shorter life.
The Road to Obesity in Dogs
How did your little puppy grow up into a plus size doggie? Too much food, too many treats and not enough exercise.
A Simple Solution
Cut down on the amount of food you give your Chi. Also less treats and table scraps! Try a calorie calculator.
Limit treats to healthy tidbits. I love mini carrot sticks and crunchy lettuce.
Walk your dog several times a day. This is good for you too!
My daddy takes me on about 4 walks a day. Sometimes I refuse to budge. I call it my anchor trick. But because I’m a “little” Chihuahua my daddy picks me up and carries me far away (about a block) and expects me to walk home. I do not care for this trick. But I do want to get home to my nap.
You will find in time that a thinner Chi is a healthier Chi. I love my treats so please don’t eliminate them all.