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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.

Top 5 Holiday Tips for Your Dog from PetPlace.com

Holiday Tips For Your DogPetPlace.com is filled with lots of interesting and helpful articles on a variety of pets. I love checking out the ones on dogs so I can share what I learn.

Here’s some very important tips I curated from PetPlace.com for your dog’s safety during the holidays.

I hope you enjoy it.

#1. Holiday Plant Toxins:

They may be pretty, but some holiday plants are poisonous—and even deadly—to our dogs (and cats). Avoid exposing your dog to pine needles, holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias.

#2. Holiday Food Hazards:

Unfortunately, many of our festive treats and traditional snacks can also be dangerous to our dogs. Pay close attention to your dog around any of the following: chocolates, fat trimmings, bones, and nuts (especially almonds, walnuts, pistachio, and macadamia).

#3. Dangerous Holiday Decorations:

Many of our standard holiday decorations look like toys to our dogs. Be cautious with tinsel, shiny ornaments, candles, flickering lights (especially the cords), and gift wrapping and ribbon.

#4. Keeping Your Dog on Santa’s “Nice” List:

With all the activity of the holidays, your dog may get over-excited – which can lead to bad behavior. The solution: a well-exercised dog is a happy (and tired) dog. Take your dog for a long walk or extended exercise sessions before your guests arrive, you sit down to dinner, or you leave your pet alone for an extended period.

#5. A Regular Schedule=a Regular Dog:

Keeping your dog on his or her regular schedule will help ensure that there are no accidents to dampen the holidays. Staying on your current walking and feeding schedule, with your dog’s current food brand, will make for a happy pet owner and pup.

Be sure to check out PetPlace for more great tips.

How’s Your Doggie’s Mental Health?

Santa Chihuahua is coming soon.How does your dog think? I think all the time. I always want to know when my next meal will be, when I’m not napping.

Check out these carefully curated articles on your dog’s mental health. I think you will find them fascinating.

Crazy Dogs: Can Dogs Be Mentally Ill?

Polyphagia (Increased food consumption) in Dogs

How to Care for an Abused Dog

Is Your Dog Senile? Signs of Senility and Treatment Options

Compulsive Behavior in Dogs

Understanding Grief in Dogs

Is Your Dog Suffering from Anxiety?

Our Stress, Depression, Joy…Can Dogs Tell?

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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

Don’t Kill Your Dog with Poison!

Drinking ChihuahuasThere are so many ways your little doggie can be poisoned. Even common foods such as grapes and raisins or chocolate can kill your Chihuahua. We’re very small, as a breed, and it doesn’t take much to upset our tummies. I could go on and on about house cleaning chemicals and plants and a whole variety of toxic objects, but instead I’ll refer you to these great articles on the subject. I personally curated this list of articles, with a little help from my daddy.

That gives me more time to nap between healthy snacks.

Chemical Burns in Dogs

Your Guide to Common Dog Poisonings

Ethylene Glycol Toxicosis in Dogs

Are onions toxic to dogs? What should you do if he eats some?

Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs

Nontoxic Items Commonly Eaten by Dogs

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