Need suggestion on how to put weight on a Chihuahua that was negected. ?

Rescued a Chihuahua that is half his healthy weight. Was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on food and exercise to get the weight back on. Thanks.

Feed him special food like AKC recommended Natually wild dog food for x-small breeds and feed him 4 small meals a day, 1/2 of food is great for the normal weight of the chihuahua and before you know it,
he’ll be back to his normal weight-in no time.

Here are some dog food brands the AKC reccomends:
Iams
Science Diet
Innova
Natural Choice
Missing Link
Dad’s
Natura
Nutro
Eukanuba
Royal Canin

Good Luck!

  • Meg

    Feed it puppy food. The extra fat in the food will help it gain weight, then slowly mix in another food when he’s at a good weight.
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  • NoName

    Just be sure to feed him at least twice a day. Regualr kibble is okay. If he will not eat, try wetting the food down with warm water. This will make the food more smelly, and with dogs the smellier the better. If the water does not work, a company named nupro makes a supplement that you can put over his food. you mix it with water to make a liver tasting gravy that my dogs go crazy over. It also helps with the joints, skin, coat, ect. (My dog would not eat and this was the only thing that worked) Well good luck and I hope this helps:)
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  • happypappy

    i would just feed regular and exercise.
    i feed my pap a tablespoon of can food with her dry for breakfast to put weight on her. now the vet say she has to much weight and i have to get her slimmed down. harder than letting her gain naturally.
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  • Kid U

    The fact that you won’t be neglecting your doggie shows that you two will be just fine. Remember that often dogs that have been neglected had been for a while, sometimes years. Quick weight gain isn’t good for any living things system. Just feed her normally and if you want get her some treats. BUT watch out, most people over feed and are often concerned with trying to get their dog to loose weight.

    Just remember to walk after feeding. Their systems aren’t as backed up as ours.
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  • bazil323

    Just give regular amounts of regular food with a nutritional supplement. It is better to slowly get back to a healthy weight than it is to suddenly gain it all back. Take it easy with exercise at first because he just won’t have the energy and strength to do much. Regular exercise is best to help build up the muscle.

    Your vet may have additional information and advice, and he/she will have the most accurate info.
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  • Jeancommunicates

    I have a Chihuahua and the Vet said that Petey would never be fat. It is not in their nature because they are so active. I have noticed that the older Petey gets the more weight he keeps on now. He is 8 years old and just now getting a little broader but still not fat. He has a shiney coat and he is very healthy. Bad teeth, stinky breath if I don't brush his teeth, but healthy. Chihuahuas have bad teeth. Twice Petey has had his teeth pulled and they often need their teeth cleaned.

    Petey eats Beneful and I feed him vegetables and chicken off the table. Everyone says this is why his breath stinks, but he loves his chicken, English peas and green beans.
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  • ASPCA67

    Feed him special food like AKC recommended Natually wild dog food for x-small breeds and feed him 4 small meals a day, 1/2 of food is great for the normal weight of the chihuahua and before you know it,
    he’ll be back to his normal weight-in no time.

    Here are some dog food brands the AKC reccomends:
    Iams
    Science Diet
    Innova
    Natural Choice
    Missing Link
    Dad’s
    Natura
    Nutro
    Eukanuba
    Royal Canin

    Good Luck!
    References :

The Chihuahua Manual