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Is Your Chihuahua Too Fat?

Chubby Chi

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.

“Caring For Chihuahuas Made Easy”

If you have a Chihuahua or are thinking of getting one, you should check out this “must read for Chihuahua lovers…”.

This book includes everything you need to know about these fantastic little doggies, just like me.

There are tons of info about the breed, personality, health issues, ideal food, and so much more. This book is easy to read, says my daddy and has lots of fun pictures.

I now feel encouraged to lose a little weight and have my teeth cleaned. A little girl has to take care of herself.

Check it out yourself at FamousChihuahua.com.

Caring for Chihuahuas Made Easy

Bestselling Chihuahua Books

If you have a Chihuahua, are looking to adopt a Chihuahua or are a Chihuahua, you will find this list of best selling Chihuahua books a necessity. My daddy read many of these books before adopting me and now, eight years later, he is almost an expert. I say almost because I keep him on his toes.

The books listed below are from Amazon. Daddy’s favorite is The Everything Chihuahua Book. It’s very informative and easy to read.

Did you know when you buy anything from Amazon by clicking on any of the Amazon links on my website (within a 24 hour period) I get a little commission? It helps support this website and costs you nothing extra. Just saying.

Clean Teeth Can Save Your Dog’s Life!

Dental Lucy

Regular Brushing is Very Important to Lucy.

Did you know not brushing your dog’s teeth can cause lots of periodontal diseases that can shorten your pet’s life. Our time on earth is very limited so why shorten it by dental neglect.

Here’s why I think you should brush your Chi’s teeth:

  1. Regular brushing prevents plaque buildup.
  2. It’s cheaper to brush than pay for tooth extractions or cleanings.
  3. Your dog will live longer and be healthier.
  4. Cleaner and fresher breath is most welcome.

For specific instructions you might want to read “How to Brush a Chihuahua’s Teeth” from eHow.com. For a slideshow, check out How to Brush a Dog’s Teeth.

You also might enjoy How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth by Dr. William Rosenblad.

To be honest, I don’t really brush my teeth. My daddy used to try doing this task but I resisted.

Please remember to replace your toothbrush every six months. And don’t forget the gums. Germs can collect and they’re oogie. You might try some crunchy dental treats, too.

My vet recommends I have my teeth cleaned. My daddy is worried about taking me in since they will have to put me under to clean my teeth. But I’m sure he will do it soon so I can have a healthy happy mouth.

Trust me, I will not be pleased getting this procedure, but if I must, I must.

I’ve gathered a few new articles online for you to read. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.

Dog Dental Health – What You Need to Know

Halitosis (Bad Breath) in Dogs

Attrition (Worn Teeth) in Dogs

How to Keep Your Dog Safe for Halloween

Chihuahua in DragIt’s that time of year again. Halloween. The night when kids of all ages come a knocking at my door to disturb my dinner and play time, begging for candy.

I know a lot about begging, but candy is not good for me (or children either). Keep that chocolate far away from my mouth, I say.

Keep your little doggies safe from chocolates and other bad treats. Also watch that they don’t get “spooked” and run out of your house. There’ll be a lot of strange creatures out there and your doggie can easily get lost.

Great Costumes for Your Little Doggie on Amazon. Support Lucy.

Pumpkin and Dogs

Dog Halloween Safety

Quick and Easy Halloween Costumes for Your Dog

All You Need to Know About Getting a New Puppy

Chihuahua puppyPuppies are so cute and cuddly. But, like children, they need lots of discipline and training.

I was born a princess. Still my daddies insisted I go to PetSmart for a bit of training. I showed them by not listening. I did my own thing and still graduated. Must be my cute Chihuahua smile.

Here’s some highly informative articles on finding and training your little puppy. I found them myself so you don’t have to search for hours.

Feeding Your Pup For the First Few Days Home

House Training Schedules for Puppies

What to Expect in the First Year After you Adopt a Puppy

Picking the Right Dog Breed For You

How Many Dogs Are Too Many?

How Smart is Your Puppy?

Creating a Social “Friendly” Dog

Why Puppies Bite and How to Stop It

Beware of Your Doggie’s Kisses!

Kissy ChihuahuasI like to think that my mouth is clean and fresh. I’m a Chihuahua. It’s true.

But other human types may disagree. While I love kissing, I may have put my mouth on something a bit icky or in places not known to be clean.

So while your doggie may love you and enjoy kissing you, perhaps you should wash up after those kisses. Just don’t let your doggie catch you doing it.

Check out these fun articles I curated just for you.

FACT or FICTION: Is a dog’s mouth cleaner than a human’s?

Zoonotic Diseases in Dogs

Coprophagia (Eating Feces Behavior) in Dogs

Halitosis (Bad Breath) in Dogs

Save Your Doggie From Too Much Food

Chihuahua FoodAll dogs love to eat. Some are more discriminating than others. This is sometimes a learned behavior, brought on by human-types. You know who you are.

I love to eat too. I have conditioned my daddy to give me extra treats and add-ons to my regular dog food. Not cool, but delicious. Don’t copy this bad behavior.

Start with a really good quality dog food. I recommend Merrick. I’ve been eating Turducken for years and love it. Daddy adds Tyson chicken for an extra tasty treat.

Be sure to give your doggie plenty of exercise, but take care to avoid the heat.

Check these articles out:

Gluttony Bloat in Dogs

My dog just ate a loaf of bread and some rolls – what should I do?

Gastric (Stomach) Foreign Body in Dogs

Don’t forget your Merrick Turducken. Give it a try.

Merrick Turducken Dog Food 13.2 oz (12 Count Case)

All You Need to Know About Tail Wagging

Chihuahua Tail WaggerAll doggies wag their tails. Sometimes it means we’re happy. Other times angry. Or alert. Or on the attack. Maybe we’re just being playful.

Why does your little doggie wag it’s tail? It’s a way of communicating. I know because I’m a Chihuahua with a little tail that works hard. You can find out everything you ever wanted to know about the fine art of tail wagging by reading the following tales from PetPlace.

Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails?

Structure and Function of the Tail in Dogs

Tail Docking in Dogs

Does Your Dog Have a Butt Problem?

Chihuahua Bathtime

Keep your Chihuahua clean to help prevent random sniffing… maybe.

Dogs are known to sniff, lick and peruse other dog butts. It’s a hobby. What can I say.

I personally do not take part in this activity. After all, I am a lady. Besides, I can’t stand other dogs, for the most part. Why would I want to sniff any part of them.

If you find this topic of interest, thought, you can check out these fascinating articles:

Why Do Dogs Smell Other Dogs’ Butts? The Real Answer!

Why Do Dogs Smell Crotches and Butts?

How Can I Stop a Dog from Crotch Sniffing