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Homemade Dog Food For Chihuahuas

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any good homemade dog food recipies they can pass on?
    I have a male chihuahua who has lost a little weight , due to his female companion recently giving birth, according to the vet. He told me to make him some homemade dog food, only he did not suggest any. He said , some dogs lose their appeitite and need a little special treatment. Suggestions Please!

    • ANSWER:
      1) Take your dog's dry food and soak it in warm water for about 13 minutes.
      2) Put a small amount of canned food in a bowl.
      3) Drain the dry food (which should now be soggy) and grind it up so it is more of a dough.
      4) Mix the canned food and the dry food.
      5) Add one egg for every 2 cups of dry food that your dog usually eats.
      6) Mix it all very well.
      7) Spread it in a pan and have it be at least 1/2 an inch thick.
      8) Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-13 minutes.
      9) Let it cool and then cut individual pieces.
      10) Make sure to refrigerate them!

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone make their own dog food for Chihuahuas?
    I am concerned with the dog food recall and want to start making my own dog food. My Chihuahua is 3 1/2 lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      When you think about it, what does your dog need from its food in order to be healthy?

      Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office. These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is homemade dog food.More and more people are beginning to make their dog's food at home rather than buying commercial formulas. Homemade dog food doesn't contain any substances that could possibly be harmful to your dog's health such as artificial coloring and artificial flavors.

      Another reason to make homemade dog food is the preservatives added to the commercial dog food. Homemade dog food has the benefit of optimum freshness without preservatives.

      There are dogs that would greatly benefit from a homemade diet. Some dogs who suffer from allergies that cause severe itching may find relief once switched from commercial dog food to a homemade diet.

      Processed dog food is a relatively new product and scientists don't fully understand the differences between commercial food and a diet of fresh food. There may be problems occurring in a dog's health because he is being given food that has had the nutrients cooked out of it and then sprayed back on.

      Would you like to prolong the quality and length of your dog's life by 135%?You should keep your dog healthy by homemade dog food.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to eat dog food again ?
    She is a chihuahua/maltese/jack russel mix.
    ~10 months old...6 pounds

    She started eating homemade dog food.
    Rice/chicken/carrot mixx.

    first of all is THAT okay and healthy ??

    And I would like to mix it with dog food.
    But she will not touch the dry food now.

    How will I get her to like the dry again.

    Reasons fro wanting dry food inadditionn:

    For dental health. And when we travel.

    • ANSWER:
      Your home made real food for your dog is the best!!! Dry dog food is NOT good for dental health....it is sprayed with liquid fat which makes the food stick to the teeth....which causes plaque and very fast decay. I buy dehydrated dog food...organic and human grade quality from "The Honest Kitchen" When we travel....a baggie full of the dehydrated food is enough for a week for my 2 Chihuahuas' . Dogs know what is good for them and will take homemade over dry everytime. Whatever you decide on feeding be sure it is as close to the same ingredients as you have been feeding ....rice, chicken and veggies.Best Wishes and Good Luck with your little sweetie:) PS a quality daily vitamin with calcium is a good idea for all doggie:)

  4. QUESTION:
    How much and how often do I feed my chihuahua?
    I have a chihuahua between 6-8 months old. I make homemade dog food and feed her 3 times a day but she still seems like she is starving!!! Let me tell you what's in her food maybe that's the problem?.. Chicken carrots sweet potato regular potato banana green beans squash brown rice and an egg cooked in chicken broth blended together well... Am I not long something right? I don't want to starve her :(

    • ANSWER:
      I have 2 Chihuahua's that would both eat like they were starving if that's what I gave them! It sounds like you're doing a great job and you are an awesome pet owner for a) making your own dog food, it is SO much healthier for the dog that way. and B) being concerned that your dog was still hungry and asking us folks of Yahoo!. So keep doing what you're doing, she scarfs it down because she loves it! Three times a day is perfect for a 6 month old Chihuahua.

  5. QUESTION:
    Homemade dog food recipes and a schedule?
    I have a 5.5 lbs Yorkie/Chihuahua and I was thinking of putting her on homemade dog food. I don't want to have to put calcium supplements in her food, so I'm looking for calcium-rich recipes. Also, I am looking for a daily schedule (including recipes), so I know exactly what to give her every meal.

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot recommend feeding any of the commercial varieties of meat-flavored baked paste with chemicals added. Instead, why not feed your dog actual food? The dog’s natural diet is raw meat on the bone. Try it. The dog will love it, the diet will help him teethe properly as a pup, keep his teeth clean the rest of his life, satisfy his lifelong need to chew and results in innocuous feces.

      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/
      http://preymodelraw.com/how-to-get-started/
      http://www.rawfed.com
      http://www.rawfeddogs.net
      http://www.rawfeeding.net
      http://www.rawlearning.com
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/groups.rawfeeding/
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3wLTlqnMMg&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stZCSUJa4EU&NR=1/

      The basic idea is to approximate a wild diet as closely as possible; raw meat on the bone and small amounts of organ meat [liver is most important, but also kidneys, pancreas, spleen, lungs and what is called green tripe]. Amount to feed is calculated as 2-3% of the dog's ideal adult body weight. Your veterinarian can help you estimate that; then you just do the math. You don’t have to be exact; all amounts are to be averaged over a week or two. Dogs [not toys or puppies] that get big, complicated meals sometimes will eat for two days and then not again for five. All perfectly normal.

      Most raw feeders that I've read have started their dogs on chicken: it is readily available and inexpensive, plus it is antibiotic- and hormone-free. The fat content is easy to control by how much of the skin you remove.

      No grain, vegetable or fruit is a significant part of a grey wolf's diet. Dogs are genetically grey wolves.

      Besides being unnatural, lately it is becoming more and more clear that commercial dog foods simply are not safe:

      http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/various-private-label-pet-food-recalls-due-to-aflatoxin.html/

  6. QUESTION:
    Could you suggest a dog diet or book for cooking homemade dog food?
    I have two 18 month old chihuahuas. They got sick ( runny doo doo ) The vet suggested a temporary diet where I cook for them. bland mashed chicken and rice, then switch back. Switching back made them sick again. They are doing okay now with the homemade food.

    After looking at the ingredients in a lot of dog food brands, I have decided I don't want to buy pre-made food anymore.

    Can you suggest a cook book for dogs?
    Yes I will verify with my vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
      http://www.booksvariety.com/natural-nutrition-for-dogs-and-cats

      The Healthy Dog Cookbook: 50 Nutritious & Delicious Recipes Your Dog Will Love
      http://www.booksvariety.com/the-healthy-dog-cookbook-50-nutritious-delicious-recipes-your-dog-will-love

      all the best

  7. QUESTION:
    Looking for recipe or ideas for making homemade AND healthy dog food? Prefer food versus treat recipes.?
    Anyone know how to make HEALTHY homemade dog food? I have been able to find TONS of recipes for treats online but not really any for actual FOOD for my dogs. I have a 6 y/o Bichon Frise Male named Colbie, and a 1 y/o Teacup Chihuahua named Eris and of course I love them both dearly! I know that certain things that people eat are NOT good for dogs. But the ingredients in dog's food has got to come from somewhere and I would prefer I KNEW where it all comes from...most of which can be obtained by ANYBODY I would imagine! I am pretty sure I can get around using horse hooves and still feed my dogs something that is safe and nutritious! Sorry~just pre-fighting off the naysayers who would have been bound to deride me for feeding my dog something it shouldn't be eating because I certainly wouldn't waste my time cooking for my dog if I was making it something that was worse for it than the food I can buy in less than 2 min. at the store! THANKS FOR THE ADVICE!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have done some research for you and this is what I have come up with, hope this is what you are looking for. I know this is for cats at the beginning, scroll down for the dog treats. I have cats and dogs. My dogs will eat the cats food as well. But maybe you can get something out of at least one of these.

      Cat Treats and Cat Treat Recipes

      Chick N'Biscuits

      1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
      1/2 cup chicken broth
      1 cup whole wheat flour
      1/3 cup cornmeal
      1 tablespoon soft margarine

      Preheat the over to 350 F. Combine chicken, broth and margarine and blend well. Add flour and cornmeal. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one-inch sized pieces and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes 18 cookies.

      Crispy Liver Morsels

      1/2 cup cooked chicken livers
      1/4 cup water
      1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
      1/4 cup cooked carrot, mashed
      1 tablespoon soft margarine

      Preheat the oven to 325 F. Place well-done livers in a blender with 1/4 cup water. In a bowl, combine flour and margarine. Add liver mixture and carrots and knead dough into a ball. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into one-inch sized pieces. Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 F for 10 minutes. Makes 12 cookies.

      Tuna Tidbits

      6 ounce can of tuna
      1/4 cup water drained from tuna
      3 T cooked egg white, chopped
      1/4 cup cornmeal
      1/2 cup whole wheat flour

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine tuna, egg white and water. Add cornmeal and flour and blend to form a dough. Knead into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into one-inch sized pieces. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Makes 12 cookies.
      Cat Treats and Cat Treat Recipes

      :

      Savory Cheese Treats

      3/4 cup white flour
      3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
      5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
      1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
      1/4 cup cornmeal

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine cheeses and yogurt. Add flour and cornmeal. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes 2 dozen.

      Homemade Dog Biscuit Recipes

      If you are wanting to prepare homemade dog biscuit recipes made of chicken liver, cheese bone or anything else. You will find all of it pretty easy and simple. You can even treat dog fleas!
      Chicken Liver Cookies (Treat)

      2 cups Flour
      3 tbs. Vegetable Oil
      1 cup Wheat Germ or Cornmeal (or 1/2 cup each)
      1 Egg; lightly beaten
      ½ cup Chicken Broth
      (I use the liver water from boiling the livers)
      2 tsp. Chopped Parsley
      1 cup Chopped Chicken Livers, cooked
      Preheat oven to 400oF. Combine flour and wheat germ (or cornmeal). In separate bowl, beat egg with oil, add broth and parsley, mix well. Add dry ingredients to bowl a little at a time, stirring well. Fold in chicken livers and mix well. Dough will be firm. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Roll out ½" thick and cut into shapes. Place on greased cookie sheets 1" apart. Bake 15 minutes or until firm. Store in refrigerator or freezer.
      Recipe from Marg MacFadden
      No Flea Dog Biscuits (Treat)

      (If your dog has a yeast allergy, I would not suggest making this)
      2 cups All-Purpose Flour
      ½ cup Wheat Germ
      ½ cup Brewers Yeast
      1 tsp Salt
      2 each Cloves Garlic, minced
      3 tbs. Vegetable or Olive Oil
      1 cup Chicken Stock (or any flavor you wish to use)
      · Preheat oven to 400oF. Grease two to three baking sheets. Combine first four ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine garlic and oil. Slowly stir flour mixture and stock alternately into oil and garlic, beating well, until the dough is well-mixed. Shape dough into a ball. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough 12" thick. Using a 2" biscuit cutter, cut dough into rounds. Transfer biscuits to prepared baking sheets. Bake 20-25 minutes or until well browned. Turn off heat and allow biscuits to dry in oven for several hours or over night. Store in refrigerator or freezer. Makes about 26 biscuits.
      Cheese Bone Cookies (Treat)
      2 cups all purpose flour
      1 1/4 cup cheese, any kind, shredded
      2 garlic cloves, minced
      1/2 cup vegetable oil
      4 tbsp. water

      · Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, cheese, garlic and oil, knead well. Add water, if needed to form stiff dough. Roll out on
      floured surface to 1/2" thick, cut into shapes. Place on ungreased
      cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly
      browned. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate in airtight container.
      Microwave Dog Biscuits (treat)
      1/2 cup all-purpose flour
      3/4 cup non-fat dry milk powder
      1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
      1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
      1 tsp. sugar
      1/3 cup shortening
      1 egg, slightly beaten
      1 tbsp. instant bouillon granules - either beef or chicken
      1/2 cup hot water
      · Combine flours, milk powder, rolled oats, cornmeal and sugar in medium bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg to dry this mixture, and stir. Add bouillon into hot water until dissolved. Slowly pour hot water/bouillon into flour mixture with a fork till all is moistened. Form dough into a ball and knead on floured board 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Divide dough in half and roll out each half to about 1/2 inch thick. Make cut-outs with cookie cutters, or make nuggets by rolling round into 1 inch diameter log, and cutting into 1/2 inch pcs. Arrange six cut-out shapes or 24 nuggets on a 10 inch plate. Microwave at 50% (medium) for 5 to 10 minutes, or until firm and dry to the touch. Rotate plate every 2 minutes and turn shapes over half way through the cooking time. Cool on wire rack. Shapes will crisp as they cool.

      Dog treat Recipes
      Liver Cookies (treats)

      1 lb Beef Liver Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
      Garlic Powder
      Corn Meal
      Whole wheat or White Flour
      Blend in regular blender until liquid. Measure the Liquid content (cups) and add an equal amount of Corn Meal and Flour, split evenly. (eg. 1 cup liquid liver to 1/2 cup corn meal and 1/2 cup flour) Add 1/4 tsp garlic powder per 2 cup volume and blend the whole mess together. Pour into a greased, glass baking dish. Pop into the oven and bake for 1/2 hr. Reduce heat to 250 degrees and continue baking for another hour. Reduce to 200 degrees and bake for another 1/2 hr. Remove from oven and let cool in the fridge. Once cool, cut into 1" square cubes. Freeze individual training portions in zip-locks or foil.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is cooking your dog food, healthier for them?
    I have an almost 9 year old chihuahua, and for years we've been cooking her rice with meat and carrots. But she's also been eating twice a day, for breakfast some of my dogs food (which I would say it's good for her teeth since it helps clean them since it's hard food?) and for dinner she eats her homemade cooked food. We started feeding her this because when she was younger, she wouldn't eat dog food because we spoiled her. And what else should we add to her food?
    Yeah, mine has really bad teeth too but we were planning on getting her teeth cleaned then talk to the vet about how to keep up with hr teeth. They are too little to brush really well.
    I've been giving her multiviatims for a few months now.
    Raw? She's going to get sick from raw... who knows what's in raw meat....
    And she's too old for bones. She doesn't like them much.

    • ANSWER:
      No..
      Cooking the meat alters the meat and destroys most of the nutrients present.

      Far better for her to eat the meat raw.

      She's not too old to eat bones. Raw, bone-in chicken is highly palatable and contains soft bones able to be handled by senior dogs.

      I know of dogs who have lost most of their teeth thriving on a prey model raw diet.

  9. QUESTION:
    is there a good,healthy homemade food that i can make for my Chihuahua myself?
    my chihuahua is kind of spoiled and doesn't want to eat his dog food,so im wondering if there is some kinds of homemade meals i can make for him instead?

    • ANSWER:
      Look up a B.A.R.F diet. Dogs have tricky stomachs and a lot of human food is poisonous to dogs such as onions, grapes, garlic and chocolate. Also dogs should NEVER EVER be fed cooked bones.

      http://leerburg.com/feedingarawdiet.htm

      A raw or BARF diet is the way to go if you want to spoil your dog.
      Just remember... changing your dog's food to suit his/her moods will create stomach problems. Pick a food and stick with it. When the dog is hungry, he/she will eat. His/her instincts will not let it starve.

  10. QUESTION:
    My dog WILL NOT eat dog food?
    I adopted a chihuahua a week ago and it is quite obvious from his teeth and all that he has never been on a dog foog diet espeically dry food! He won't touch it! I've tryed different brands, chicken broth on top, Iams gravy and nothing except for a few very desperate moments of bites of the wet food. I am worried about his nutrition, I think he has lost at least a pound.. Does anyone know of homemade dog food reipes that are truly sufficient in ingredients!! Thank you for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      The best option would be to take your dog to the vets for an exam, booster vaccs, and make sure they check the teeth good. Dogs teeth can have a huge affect in how much they will eat- if their tteth or gums hurt from say an infection up in one of the teeth, they may not want to eat. You may want to try mixing the wet food and dry food together and slowly remove the wet food as he gets used to eating the food. Canned foos really isn't all that good from them anyways, but sometimes you have to give it to get them to eat. The vets office sells Hill's prescription i/d canned dog food, which is really bland and easy on their stomachs- almost every dog will eat it, so maybe try buying a can and see if he will eat it. Otherwise, we always recommend either boiled chicken and rice or boiled hamburger and rice. Maybe if you mixed these combos in with the food your dog would eat it. Good Luck., hopefully he will quit being a picky eater for you!!

  11. QUESTION:
    What can I do for an extremely picky chihuahua?
    We have tried multiple samples of dog food. Sometimes she likes a few pieces will eat those and leave the rest but most she will just walk away from. I have tried making her food and she again will only eat what she likes. Even homemade she will sometimes refuse. We have tried the doggy gravy too. What do I do now? She can easily go 2 days with nothing to eat and she is losing weight.

    P.S. She isn't sick! We've had her checked.

    • ANSWER:
      I think if shes hungry enoguh she will eat. It is very odd shes not wanting to eat any food you have tried her on. Most dogs will eat anything. Sounds like if shes willing to do days without eating shes got some medical issues.

  12. QUESTION:
    What do I feed my dog after she had her puppy?
    My chihuahua dog just had a puppy last night. What should I feed her? I did not breed her. I adopted her and she was already pregnant . Please help!
    She was supposd to get spayed on the 9th but she was already too far along. And she will get spayed when her puppy is weaned.

    • ANSWER:
      a dog will not want to eat until about 2 days but she will eagerly drink some chicken broth(homemade no flavoring) to get her strength up.make sure she has plenty of water very nearby as the females will not want to leave the nest right away not even to go potty they will hold it for as long as they can.still put some dry food where she can reach it without losing site of her pup.(puppy food is recommended for her until she weans her pup)

  13. QUESTION:
    what other food can chihuahuas and Labradors eat?
    i have 2 chihuahuas which are 2 yrs old, and one labrador 2yrs old also.. i think that their getting tired of their usual dog food. i want to give them something that is good for them also. what kind of meat and vegetable can i give them?
    how many servings of food should i give my chihuahuas coz i just had them recently
    and how can i prepare the food? can i add salt and pepper to it? or i just saute the meat without any condiments?
    thanks!
    pls give me recipes... i would really appreciate that..
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my dogs a homemade food which includes a mixture of all raw meats and offal (except pork), green leafy vegetables, carrots, broccoli, apples (all liquidised), sunflower and pumpkin seeds (crushed), organic sunflower oil, honey, a little garlic, boiled white rice.

      Onions should be avoided as should exotic vegetables (bell peppers, egg plant etc). As a rule of thumb I avoid any vegetables that wouldn't normally be found in the stomach of prey animals and limit offal to 10% of the whole mix.

      If you want the recipe then just say so and I'll happily post it on here for you :-)

      Here you go - All of the food is raw - no need to cook any of it and definitely NO salt, pepper or other condiments :-)

      1 kg raw beef mince
      1 kg raw beef
      1 kg raw mutton/lamb
      1.5 kg raw chicken/turkey (white or dark meat it doesn't matter)
      1.5 kg raw tripe
      1 kg mixed raw offal - liver, kidney, heart

      Ethnic butchers are the best source of meat as they stock a much wider range at cheaper prices, will often deliver and best of all will chop most of the meat to your specifications, which saves loads of time.

      The meat should be chopped into pieces roughly the size of the top of your thumb.

      2 kg of mixed leafy/green vegetables (spinach, spring greens, broccoli, green beans, turnip greens)
      1.5 kg carrotts
      1 kg apples
      2 large (supermarket sized) bunches of fresh parsley
      1.5 kg of frozen peas, lightly cooked
      300g sunflower seeds
      100g pumpkin seeds
      100g sesame seeds

      Pulverise all of the above in a food processor so that it resembles a slightly textured cold soup.

      Mix all of the above ingredients together (I use a large rubber tub trug, but washing up bowls or buckets will do just as well and then add:

      1 kg white rice - cooked (ie 1kg is the raw weight)
      1 medium jar of organic honey
      1 tube of garlic puree
      1 tube of tomato puree
      2 tablespoons of brewers yeast
      1 - 2 cups of sunflower oil

      Mix together well and weigh out daily portions into freezer bags and freeze :-)

      I allow 25-30g of food per kilogram of body weight (or expected adult weight in the case of puppies). Feed this amount for the first 2-3 weeks and then adjust up or down according to weight gain or loss until you reach the optimum portion for your dog's metabolism.

      The dogs love it and are fantastically healthy (it has been approved by my vet).

  14. QUESTION:
    What kind of homemade food is good for dogs?
    I would also like to know what kind of bones can they eat especially chihuahua? It's just that I'm very picky with what I give my dog. And also would like to know about homemade snacks.

    • ANSWER:
      It is extremely difficult to make homemade dog food that is nutritionally complete. Just buy a high quality dog food, such as Iams, Eukanuba, or Hill's Science Diet. This is much better than anything you could make, because it is nutritionally balanced for optimum health. If you don't believe me, ask your vet!
      If you care about your dog, especially a little bitty one, don't give it real bones! Everyone knows chicken bones can shatter and splinter, but so can pork bones. Beef bones are too hard. Since dogs have been domesticated by man, their teeth have gotten softer. A dog, even a big dog, can break a tooth on a beef bone. Natural bones are messy, too.
      Do your dog a favor and visit your local pet store. They have wonderful treats and chew toys available! A flavored Nylabone in the appropriate size will make your dog ecstatic and it is good for his teeth. They also have all sorts of treats and things.
      If you really feel the need to make something, type "homemade dog biscuits" in your search engine and see what pops up. There should be countless recipes available. Use your own judgement on what's best, going by the ingredients. Good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    What homemade food can i make my pregnant chihuahua ?
    Okay im taking her to the vet dont bash! Okay so my dog hates kibble and i want to know what goes in her food cuz she is not eating her kibble she has slways refused i want the pups to be well nurished so what can i give her, home made food please amounts as well she is just one week along and i want to ask here before going to the vet tomorrow thank you ( i am keeping the pups my parents said so)

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of people feed pregnant and nursing dogs puppy chow, it has more calories.
      Get a decent brand, not supermarket junk, and you can add lean chop meat or chopped up white meat, skinless, boneless chicken, as well as some carrots, peas, string beans, plain rice.

      I had a chi who was a fussy eater and he would only eat dry if mixed with some tasty protein - no harm in adding that, just make sure she gets basic good dry too.

      As to how much, depends on her weight and how often you feed her - at least twice a day, check the table on the bag of kibble for how much she needs in her condition (pregnant or nursing).

      You really should not be breeding a pet chihuahua when there are so many homeless ones, look on Petfinder.com and see how many chis need homes - why would you add more to this sorry number, you could have just adopted another chi if that's what you wanted and spared your little chi the stress of pregnancy and nursing a litter.
      Chis often need C- sections, so I hope you have money put by if she does.

      Get her spayed after this litter, let her be a healthy pet, not a breeding machine.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to get my dog to eat the prey model raw diet?
    He is a Chihuahua - A very fussy one might I add - and he has eaten kibble, to homemade cooked food and now he has been on the bones and raw meat diet for 4 days.
    I literally have to beg him to eat, he wont eat without persuasion.
    He likes chicken meat and bones, he doesnt like the texture of the skin so I take it off. I want to give him variety, I tried him with a pork rib bone and he almost choked to death on the bone.
    How do I get him to eat this diet?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I raw feed mine but fortunately I don't have any problems at all and being rotties they require so much that keeping a variety is also easy.

      go to the yahoo raw food group and see if you can get some tips.

      I personally would also be quite wary of such a small dog on a raw diet with those bones but then we feed 8 week old rottie pups whole chicken wings etc.

  17. QUESTION:
    How to get a Chihuahua to lose weight that is currently on a homemade diet?
    He eats raw meaty bones in the morning and boiled chicken (or other meats) with rice and vegetables at night.

    Do I cut his portion size down?

    And before you answer, I have tried special diet food but he will not eat anything and he gets depressed.
    I have had to cook his food because of this.

    • ANSWER:
      the best thing to do is add minerals and vitamins in his diet so he is getting everything he needs (conditioning tablets - they are chicken flavoured so should be easy as a treat or crushed on food)

      You need to use lean meats without fat or low fat content... don't just cut his food down as he will still be feeling hungry and it wont be good for him... Use just lean meats like turkey, chicken etc that should help him.
      Also stop ALL treats! Don't give any other than the conditioning tablets... the easiest way to lose weight off a dog is to do this and more exercise.. This doesn't mean longer walks just pick up the pace a little so he has to walk faster.

      any I know you say you have tried complete food but putting a small amount of dry kibble (light version) mixed in should also help lose some weight.

      If you live in Britain go to Pets Corner (i work there and we get nutrition trained) and buy Symply Senior/Light - Don't worry about the senior part this just means it is suitable for both senior dogs and dogs needing to lose weight.

      I say this food because it is fantastic quality - will help keep him fuller for longer and it has money back guarantee so if he don't eat it you can take it back and get your money back so you don't lose out!

      With all of these points:

      1. Faster or Longer walks
      2. Stop all treats
      3. Buying Symply
      4. Leaner meats

      You should see an improvement - Don't panic it won't be straight away, remember a few KG for you to lose is alot easier for you dog.

      Hope this helps

      Holly xx

      FOR THE PEOPLE SAYING THAT DOGS DON'T NEED RICE, VEG ETC,... THEY DO!!

      They would get this from the wild by eating the contents of there kills stomach TUT.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the proper amount of food a dog should have per day?
    I have a Boxer she is around 55-60lbs
    a Jack Russell shes 15lbs
    a chihuahua shes 4lbs
    a mix shes 13lbs
    and a pug he is 20-25lbs

    I'm going to start them on a cooked homemade diet. Right now I feed them once a day, I don't measure their food so I wanted to know what is the proper amount of food per day and how many cups of food?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure about the amounts when you're feeding homemade food but dogs should eat twice a day. Just eating once a day can allow the dog to get too hungry that he will overeat when he does get fed.

      If you don't get the answer you're looking for here I'd suggest checking out the forum section at dogster.com. They have a section devoted to nutrition and many people there feed homemade foods.

  19. QUESTION:
    How can I convince my parents to let me get a mouse?
    I've always had a love for all things small and fuzzy.
    My bunny died about a year ago, but we had him for a really long time, and I've had hamsters and birds before - now I have a longhaired chihuahua.
    But I really want a little fancy mouse! I don't know how to convince my mom to let me get one, though.
    Maybe I'll give her a speech or something on the pros {and not cons} of getting a mouse.
    Any ideas? What should I say?

    • ANSWER:
      ok here are the basics

      how many mice: Mice are social creatures and benefit from having a same sex cage mate. However, if you can only have one, then having a lone male is acceptable in the mouse community because male mice have been known to become territorial and kill each other. If you can have more then one, then go with females. They rarely ever have territorial issues.

      housing: 5 gals per mouse is a good and solid rule. By not providing your mice enough space based off this rule, you will not be able to show their full personality. Mice are very active little things and giving them space to run around will keep them inquisitive and happy.

      food: seed mixes found in pet stores are really unhealthy for mice. The main reason is the preservative called ethoxyquin (you can find more about it here -->http://petcaretips.net/ethoxyquin.html) Another reason is that seeds can make any animal (including birds) over weight. Mice have a tendency to eat a lot and not stop when they are full, so it is best not give them a lot of seed. Another reason against pet store foods i that they contians dried corn. Dried corn is known to be bad for all animals and humans. Thats why a lot of dog and cat food companies are working to make foods without corn in them. Unfortunately, the companies who make small animal food haven;t gotten the memo yet -_-
      here is some more research on what to look out for in pet foods
      -->http://www.api4animals.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1

      Some foods to consider are homemade methods
      -Suebee's-->http://www.ratsrule.com/diet.html
      --this mix is not nutritiously complete without high grade dog food (like Natural Balance Reduced Calorie or Sold Gold holistic dog food) and fresh fruits and veggies.
      -or Paul Goodman's home made diet -->http://mouseranch.com/FYI/diet.html

      Some other options are:
      -Mazuri- still has dried corn, but it is one of the healthier foods sold in stores (found at Petsmart)
      -Oxbrow's Regal Rat- some local feed stores will sale it but most people have to buy it online
      -Harlan Lab Blocks- created for lab animals, it is high quality food. Try at local rat/mouse rescue or find a rescue online and see if they sell it.

      Wheels: Solid bottom wheels (like the silent spinner or comfort wheel) are an important accessory for mice. They love to exercise! Make sure the wheel is a solid bottom wheel. Open wire or wire mesh wheels can hurt your pet. (at the pet store I work for we have had 2 rats, 1 robo hamster, and 1 dwarf hamster break their legs on open wire and wire mesh wheels)

      Bedding: do not use pine or cedar shavings. Cedar has been proven to cause liver cancer. The phenols that cause liver cancer are also found in pine bedding. These phenols have also been known to cause upper respiratory infections, eye infections, and skin irritation (all I have seen personally with animals either returned or abandoned at the pet store I work for)
      Total Comfort is crap bedding. It is EXTREMELY dusty and caused a lot of the mice, rats, and guinea pigs at the pet store I work for to have upper respiratory infections. Needless to say, the store stopped using it, but they still stupidly sell it -_- I also have an inhaler because of Total Comfort (I clean the cages)

      The best kind of bedding with be Carefresh, Aspen, or Yesterday's News.

      Here are some great websites on mice
      -->http://www.rmca.org/Articles/mousefancy.htm
      -->http://www.thefunmouse.com/ (I do not agree with 2.5 gal per mouse. 2.5 gal is really small and gives mice absolutely no space to run, especially when you add food dish, water bottle, and wheel on top of other toys)
      -->http://www.fancymice.info/

      If you have any questions feel free to email me

      Good Luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    Homemade food for my chihuahua puppy?
    I am getting a Chi puppy and would like to give him the best diet possible. I have been searching the internet for the best diets. I know that commercial dog food is aweful and foods like chiken, carrots and pasta or oatmeal are best. But I also know that dogs need dry food for their teeth. So I am wondering if I could cook the food, blend it, and then roll it into little balls and dehydrate them or bake them? If this worked would it be a good diet for my chi puppy? I would start him on it slowly to switch from his current food. Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Innova makes a kibble that is the closest replica to the BARF diet possible. I would suspect dehydrating your prepared human food may have adverse effects on it's nutritional content and/or freshness. Besides, do you really have THAT much free time to keep doing this ball/dehydrate routine for the rest of your dog's life? You would be so busy making dog food that you would miss out on the more important parts of being your dog's companion - like going for walks, playing in the park, wrestling on the carpet. :) It's difficult on their bowels to change foods over and over, and changing too frequently can make your dog a picky eater.

      Try Innova, they're an awesome company. http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=product-detail&pxsl=%2F%2Fproduct%5B@id%3D%271246%27%5D My dog's enjoy the EVO treats very much!

      Innova EVO Dog

      Evolutionary Diet for the Modern Canine

      Innova EVO has been specially designed to provide all the key nutritional benefits received from the feeding of raw food diets but with the benefits of 21st Century nutritional research.

      Innova EVO formula is based on ground chicken & turkey meat, bones, fat, cartilage and connective tissue. It includes whole, raw fruits and vegetables which contain health promoting phytochemicals and micronutrients. Low Carb, Hi-Protein and Grain Free.

      At Natura, we understand that it isn't always possible to feed your pet a raw diet. This is until now. Innova EVO is also a convenient, complete and balanced supplement to a raw feeding program.

      Innova EVO...What to feed when you can't feed raw

      Animal feeding tests using AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) procedures substantiate that Innova EVO Adult Dog Food provides complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages.

      Innova EVO is available in 28.6 lb., 13.2 lb., 6.6 lb, and 3.3lb. packages.

  21. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for getting rid of fleas?
    My chihuahua has fleas and I need something that will work to get rid of her fleas.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh boy. Well, I tell you this, I have tried just about everything! I don't want to put poisons on my dogs or feed it to them by pill either, so I have really tried very hard to find an alternative solution. I have tried natural oils mixed with water to spray them before going outside - lavender, tea tree, citronella, ect.. They did not work. I tried apple cider vinegar in baths, drinking water & sprayed directly on their bodies. It will kill the flea upon contact but does not repel fleas afterwards. I have tried brewers yeast with garlic pills, didn't work for me. I have sprinkled Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth into my carpets & left it there for a week or two, then vacuumed & reapplied- that DOES seem to work, I noticed the amount of fleas drop dramatically after several days. I tried skin-so-soft, made them smell great but didn't repel fleas. There are homemade flea traps that are easy to make. Usually a dish of soapy water with a light positioned over the dish (in a dark room) will draw fleas, as they are attracted to light. Now I wash them with any shampoo that suds up to kill the fleas ( Dawn dish soap kills fleas but is too harsh on their skin. Anything that suds up works. I leave them soaped up for 10 minutes when possible.), I try to vacuum every day because fleas live in your carpets & dog bedding 95% of the time, so you need to get them off of your dog & out of your carpets as well! If the infestation gets too bad then I use Diatomaceous Earth again for a couple of weeks. MUST BE FOOD GRADE (not the type that's pre-treated for swimming pools) Diatomaceous Earth & can be found at lawn & garden stores.. Fleas tend to prey on weaker/unhealthy animals, so I switched them over to a better food (Blue Buffalo Wilderness, it is a 5 star food) & do all that I can to keep them as healthy as possible, including feeding them meat several times a week. I would feed them a species appropriate raw diet always but it is too expensive, so they get some as 1 meal only 3 or 4 days a week. Try dogfoodadvisor.com to check out dog food ratings. Also, Dr. Karen Becker on youtube & at Mercola.com is wonderful & always has great advice concerning dogs. Fighting fleas is truly a battle that you must be diligent about! Fleas were horrible this year. Just awful! Good luck to you both!

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I make a homemade Kong?
    I have four chihuahuas and I am trying to keep them all amused... one dog has normal puppy kong filled with treats...another has a puppy kong on a rope smeared with peanut butter and covered with small pieces of jerky and the third has a tennis ball with a hole in filled with treats... my question is what else can I use that I can find around the house to put treats in so that they have one thing each and don't fight over the toys?
    Thanks guys for your answers..

    interest answer pooptanic but if I actually made a king kong I think he'd eat my little chis for an appetiser.

    I am planning on buying a couple more kongs but I just needed a quick fix answer as I couldn't get to the shop today.
    So thanks for all the good answers.
    I was going to cut up a squeaky like Tia says but the only one I could find was my puppy's favourite and didn't have to heart to break it. Good idea though :)

    • ANSWER:
      They will always fight over what the other has. You can have four dogs and eight toys ( or Kong or whatever ) and you will get at least two dogs that want the same toy.

      Just have lots of different things for them.

      One piece of advice, don't use common household items, they might confuse your stuff for theirs and chew on it. One exception, chinese food containers , the plastic tub ones. Put treats in there with the lid on it and they will be amused for a few hours banging it around.

  23. QUESTION:
    Homemade puppy food recipes for a very picky baby?
    My Chihuahua is 4 months and refuses to eat any store bought food I give her, wet or dry. I have been feeding her hamburger with rice and veggies, but I'm worried she isn't getting the nutrition she needs. I know what not to give her such as garlic, corn on the cob, ect. I just don't know what is healthiest for her that I can make at home. Any help you could give me would be much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Your pup wouldn't be picky if you didn't allow it. A healthy dog won't starve itself. Find a high quality well balanced food-store bought or home made-and offer it to your dog at meal time. Give it 20 minutes to eat. If it hasn't finished the food in 20 minutes remove the food and do not offer it or treats until the next scheduled mealtime. Your pup may miss a meal or two but it WILL eat what is presented when it gets hungry.

  24. QUESTION:
    If you were to start giving your dog homemade food, what vitamins would they need?
    also, what can you give your dog, and what shouldn't you give your dog?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the breed. I met with a veterinary nutritionist who determined the proper "human food" diet for my Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and I began feeding my dog chicken, brown rice and green beans, mixed together casserole-style. As a special treat, sometimes he gets catfish nuggets or canned tuna. He doesn't need any supplements, his coat is very shiny, he is healthy, happy and energetic. I was told that he should rarely eat beef and should never eat pork because of his breed, but that he can have any and all fowl, as often as I want to feed it to him. I was also told that he should not have wheat-based products very often but that he can have cheese or milk once in awhile. This is the right diet for a Chessie, but might not be the right diet for a chihuahua, or a Bernese Mountain dog. Other breeds can and should eat beef, shouldn't have milk, etc.

      The diet the nutritionist came up with is derived from the indiginous foods of the region in which the breed originated, in the days before commercial dog food was widely available.

      I don't know where you live, but check with your vet to see if they know a nutritionist in your area.

  25. QUESTION:
    I have decided to make my own dog food?
    I have one Pom Mix, one Chihuahua mix and one Chihuahua. And now I want to try and make them dog foods at home instead of buying them.
    I have to talk to the vet first but do anyone recommend a recipe book for homemade dog food?

    And do you make your own dog food?

    Thank you so much:)

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot recommend feeding any of the commercial varieties of meat-flavored baked paste with chemicals added, but I don't "make" meals for her, either. The dog’s natural diet is raw meat on the bone. Try it. The dog will love it, the diet will help him teethe properly as a pup, satisfy his lifelong need to chew, keep his teeth clean and his feces innocuous.

      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/
      http://preymodelraw.com/how-to-get-started/
      http://www.rawfed.com
      http://www.rawfeddogs.net
      http://www.rawfeeding.net
      http://www.barxx.com
      http://www.rawlearning.com
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/groups.rawfeeding/
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stZCSUJa4EU&NR=1/

      The basic idea is to approximate a wild diet as closely as possible; raw meat on the bone and small amounts of organ meat [liver is most important, but also kidneys, pancreas, spleen, lungs and what is called green tripe]. Amount to feed is calculated as 2-3% of the dog's ideal adult body weight. Your veterinarian can help you estimate that; then you just do the math. You don’t have to be exact; all amounts are to be averaged over a week or two. Dogs [not toys or puppies] that get big, complicated meals sometimes will eat for two days and then not again for five. All perfectly normal.

      Most raw feeders that I've read have started their dogs on chicken: it is readily available and inexpensive, plus it is antibiotic- and hormone-free. The fat content is easy to control by how much of the skin you remove.

      No grain, vegetable or fruit is a significant part of a grey wolf's diet. Dogs are genetically grey wolves.

      Besides being unnatural, lately it is becoming more and more clear that they simply are not safe:

      http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/various-private-label-pet-food-recalls-due-to-aflatoxin.html/

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I get my Chihuahua puppy to eat his food?
    he is a very picky eater and hardly eats any of his food

    • ANSWER:
      Just a few things to add. How old is the puppy? Did you just get it? If he's new to your household then it would be wise to call the person you got him from and ask what they were feeding him. If you mix some of the food he was used to in with what you are trying to feed him it might work.
      If he's very young (under 8 weeks) then make sure you're giving him moist food or moistened dry food. Sometimes dry food is just too hard on tiny breeds when they're little. I have one who would rather end up at the vet than eat dry.
      I don't recommend starving chihuahuas as they are so tiny that they have issues with low blood sugar very easily. If their blood sugar gets low from not eating they will start a rather fast downhill slide. First, make sure he's drinking. If he seems tired or not active take him to your vet. If he's still playing normally then just try maybe adding a tiny bit of cottage cheese (not much!! A tablespoon at most!) or some bacon fat (again, not much!) to his food. There are also a ton of homemade recipes on the internet that will help with a picky eater.
      Also, right now with the issues with dog food recalls and again, being these dogs are SO tiny and even the tiniest bit of poison like the melamine being found in dog foods right now would easily kill them, I am highly recommending avoiding at least dry food and even some canned food until they find the source of this issue and fix it. I know most vets say table scraps are bad but in light of the issues with pet food right now it's my opinion that table scraps are much less dangerous to a chihuahua than dog food could be. That said though, make sure you are feeding a doggie vitamin daily and using one of the best nutritious recipes you can find. Maybe even ask your vet for a recipe.
      Hope this helps! Enjoy him!

  27. QUESTION:
    im looking for good homemade dog food recipes?
    i have a chihuahua, and my mom thinks it would be cool to try to make homemade dog food ... we got this idea because we where reading our dog food nurturance facts and turns out my dog is eating animal by products!

    so any ideas?? pictures would be nice too :)

    thanks!!!

    ~jess

    • ANSWER:
      There's a great book I found at my vet's office and bought for myself later that's got lots of recipes, a list of all the supplements you need if you feed home-made and what each one's for, as well as a large section on health care. It's called "Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats". If you really want to feed home-made, its a great investment because if you're 100% responsible for your dog's nutrition, you need to do it right.

      Your other option is to get a consultation with a dog nutritionist and have them give you a complete diet plan.

  28. QUESTION:
    Any Good Homemade Lunch Recipes For Puppies?
    I have two 7 months old chihuahuas and they are getting tired of the same food everyday. I don't have much time to go to the store and I want to cook them something good and healthy. I notice that they like chicken and meat. Any good recipes? And that it won't take much time...
    Take note tht I don't feed them actual chicken and meat.

    • ANSWER:
      If your two puppies are getting sick of their food, then they need to go to the vet. Dogs don't get tired of their food unless they are sick or you are feeding them people food or other high value food.

      NO responsible breeder sells two puppies to the same owner at the same time, so I immediately would fear that the bad genetics in the dogs is finally kicking in and making the pups sick.

      If the dogs are refusing to eat because you are feeding them "chicken and meat", you are training them to be picky. STOP with the table food.

  29. QUESTION:
    what dog food is the best for puppies?
    i have a little puppy, he is 9 weeks already bigger then a chihuahua. he's a mutt. mixed with a german shepherd and some other dog that i don't know? what is a good choice of puppy food for him to grow big and healthy?

    • ANSWER:
      Puppies need quality food with many nutrients to help them grow. When you choose dog food, look at the ingredients label. Most high quality recipes for dogs will list meat as the first ingredient. High quality dry dog foods usually contain about 30% protein and 18% fat. Canned foods contain about 10% protein and 6% fat. "Buy only those labeled as 'complete and balanced,'" says Diane Levitan DMV, Dipl. ACVIM. This means they have either met an established nutrient profile or passed feeding trial standards established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials.

      Sometimes feeding your dog homemade diets is beneficial. It can be good for dogs with allergies. There are many good cookbooks for making your dog's dinner. I use The Good Food Cookbook for Dogs by Donna Twichell Roberts. It is very user-friendly.

      Supplimenting your dog's food with wet food or sauces can be healthy too. A dog food sauce that is made from hemp oil can improve your dog's coat. It also makes the food more appealing.

  30. QUESTION:
    What human food CAN chihuahuas eat?
    I want to know what human food chihuahuas can eat. Please also put a list too so I can know what food they can eat.

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes I do a homemade dog food for my bassadore. I use raw brown eggs that I get from the woman up the road (grocery store eggs are prone to salmonella), some cooked rice and if I happen to have any ground beef or hot dogs that are getting a little gray and need to be used up right away I throw those in too.

  31. QUESTION:
    What do you think of homemade dog food???
    I have two small dogs- (Daisy is a female chihuahua fox terrier & Nacho is a male papillon fox terrier) and so far I have been feeding them Purina Puppy Chow. They are almost 10 months old and getting ready to switch to regular dog food but with the rising concerns on pet food, I'm considering switching them to homemade food. I've read a lot about it and what foods are toxic to dogs and that their diets should be a balance of protein, starches, and veggies. I was wondering what everyone thinks about making food at home. I've seen lots of recipes for chicken, beef, turkey, tuna, salmon, etc with some sort of grain, generally oats or rice, and some veggies of mixed veggies or potatoes. I didn't get too much info on vitamins and supplements that this sort of a diet would not provide as the bagged dry dog food does and was wondering if anyone knows about that? I tried to ask my vet but he just blew me off and said dogs should eat dog food and "people food" won't give them nutrients.

    • ANSWER:
      There are some groups on Yahoo that you can join for more accurate information. I'm afraid I disagree with your vet. While commercial food is indeed complete, it isn't the only good way to feed your dog. It's a matter of choice.

      Do a search on the Yahoo groups page to find 'dog feeding'. If you have no success, e-mail me via my profile, and I'll get a hold of the info from some friends I have who are in the groups. Good luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    Does my dog need salt in his homemade food?
    He has stopped eating his kibble. I need a few balanced diet plans for him. He's a 1 yr old chihuahua

    • ANSWER:
      No, their is enough natural salt in foods.

  33. QUESTION:
    homemade dog food for my chihuahua?
    My little guy is four months old and hates his pellets. I’ve tried every type the vet could throw at me! He doesn’t want to eat them wet or dry. He nibbles on the cat’s pellets throughout the day but I’m sure a meal in the morning and a meal at night is better for him right? Well I then thought it would be a good idea if I make him a home cooked meal. Does anyone know of any recipes that have all the nutritional needs for a CHIHUAHUA?
    hello? i dont feed him my food! he doesnt even get bones of any kind!! he doesnt even beg!

    • ANSWER:
      When you think about it, what does your dog need from its food in order to be healthy?

      Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office. These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is homemade dog food.More and more people are beginning to make their dog's food at home rather than buying commercial formulas. Homemade dog food doesn't contain any substances that could possibly be harmful to your dog's health such as artificial coloring and artificial flavors.

      Another reason to make homemade dog food is the preservatives added to the commercial dog food. Homemade dog food has the benefit of optimum freshness without preservatives.

      There are dogs that would greatly benefit from a homemade diet. Some dogs who suffer from allergies that cause severe itching may find relief once switched from commercial dog food to a homemade diet.

      Processed dog food is a relatively new product and scientists don't fully understand the differences between commercial food and a diet of fresh food. There may be problems occurring in a dog's health because he is being given food that has had the nutrients cooked out of it and then sprayed back on.

      http://www.squidoo.com/homemade-dog-food-recipe/

  34. QUESTION:
    Any Good Homemade Lunch Recipes For Puppies?
    I have two 7 months old chihuahuas and they are getting tired of the same food everyday. I don't have much time to go to the store and I want to cook them something good and healthy. I notice that they like chicken and meat. Any good recipes? And that it won't take much time...

    • ANSWER:
      Easy! this is what i did for my dog when it was a puppy (who refused any dog kibbles)
      Use the ricecooker, put in some carrots, chicken and rice (not too much) and crack an egg in towards the end of the cooking time, you can also add some olive oil. Its cheaper (than buying dog food), And would not use too much of your time.

  35. QUESTION:
    How do i get my Chihuahua to gain weight ?

    • ANSWER:
      If he/she has been checked by a vet who has confirmed that the dog IS underweight, and also ruled out any medical reasons, then you need to improve her diet. If you are feeding commercial dog food (kibble for instance) then she may be having problems drawing nutrition from it. Kibble always contains cheap fillers like corn, wheat or rice which are not part of a dogs natural diet. Try homemade dog food or switching to a raw diet.

  36. QUESTION:
    what are the best ingredients for homemade dog food?
    i make my dogs food, i use ground beef, frozen veggies you buy in a bag (carrots, peas, green beans) white and brown rice, and plain oatmeal.... Any suggestions the next time i might use ground turkey or tuna, by the way she is a small full breed toy chihuahua.....

    • ANSWER:
      check out this link for good home made food. http://www.twobitdog.com/DrFox/Dr-Fox-Homemade-Dog-Food. I have 5 Chihuahuas, they love this. I mainly use chicken and brown rice, but I have used hamburger and oatmeal.

  37. QUESTION:
    im looking for the very best organic dog food for my chihuahuas?
    . id love to hear from experience what is your favorite and your dogs favorite. i currently have mine on natural balance but not sure if its the best of the best. i want to give my pups the longest healthiest lives they can have . so id love to hear from the ones who really know about the good organic stuff out there.thanks

    • ANSWER:
      i have 2 chis and i give them merrick. i am not sure if it is organic but it is an awesome food. if you add warm water it makes a gravy which my dogs love and it helps me so i dont have to buy wet food to mix it. it also has special pieces for joint health eye health ( i think) and breathe help.

      btw i see below that they give homemade food. i read recently that raw diets and home made food is the WORST food choice for chihuahuas!

  38. QUESTION:
    Okay all this jazz about the Menu foods Recall has me worried. What to do?
    At first I heard it was only wet food now I hear its the dry too. I feed my Chihuahua Science Diet Little Bits Puppy Food that is dry and the bag is almost out. I don't what to do I am scared to buy another bag I don't want anything to happen to my dog. What is safe now adays? Is there a homemade food reciepe someone knows that I can feed him till this hype about Menu Foods goes away and things are back to normal?

    • ANSWER:
      They have pulled all suspect foods off the shelves, so go buy what you usually give the little guy. Changing his food could cause tummy upset.

      The recall only affected the wet foods. Anything pertaining to dry foods is probably just the internet rumor mill spinning a new tale of horror and urban legend.

  39. QUESTION:
    I am getting a Chihuahua. I do not want to make him eat dog food though. Can a dog eat anything a human can?
    What things are good for him to eat and what are things I should not feed him?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're doing this to save money, please don't get a dog! If you're doing it because you want to spoil him, pleeeeeease rethink this! You'll actually be causing him harm by doing so!
      Will a dog eat a burger and love it? Yes. Is it good for them to eat just people food? NO WAY!

      Unless you are preparing homemade dog food with the proper ingredients and vitamin/mineral supplements then you should be feeding him a high-quality dog kibble. Those are the only options if you want a healthy dog.

      Take it from me, I adopted a small breed dog who's former owners were feeding her table scraps. She had all sorts of health issues we had to take care of because of the lack of proper nutrition.

      Especially when it comes to small breed dogs. If your dog gains only a couple of pounds from that type of eating, it will cause stress on his joints and cause him actual pain. Think about it, a couple pounds for a small dog is a considerable percentage of their body weight. Feeding "people food" will end up causing him health issues (resulting in HUGE vet bills!!) -- again, take it from me, I've been there with our dog!!

      If you don't like the idea of feeding regular dog food then your ONLY responsible and healthy alternative is to make homemade dog food, which you will need to get a dog cookbook and do your research on.
      I personally had to cook homemade dog food for my dog for MONTHS because she wouldn't eat regular dog food and in all honesty, it is a HUGE pain in the butt! Its extremely time consuming and expensive!

      For small dogs, I recommend the following:
      Stella and Chewy's Stellas Super Beef Dinner (freeze dried patties).
      http://www.sitstay.com/dog/supplies/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&productId=39979
      There is also a Chicken kind and a Lamb kind. Its freeze dried raw meet (really good for dogs!) with organic veggies and fruits. Its all USDA grade meat so its the same stuff people eat, only with the proper ingredients for dogs. Its human-grade stuff so you won't feel bad feeding it to him. Whats more, he'll love it!
      This company also makes great freeze-dried treats.

      Solid Gold brand "Just a Wee Bit" kibble -- made for small dogs and incredibly high grade and healthy! http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showproduct.php?id=68&code=140

      Wellness Small Breed Super5Mix -- also high grade. This company makes great jerkey treats too!
      http://www.westcoastpetsupply.com/2/Wellness-Small-Breed-Super5Mix-Adult-Health-Dog-Food/

      Lastly, here is a list of 25 human foods to avoid feeding your dog. These foods can be toxic or even fatal when ingested!
      http://www.animalpetsandfriends.com/Article/25-Human-Foods-Toxic-To-Dogs/300
      This one is good too: http://www.entirelypets.com/toxicfoods.html

      Best of luck!! Feel free to email me with further questions - I have a lot of experience with this and I'll be glad to help you out!

  40. QUESTION:
    I would like to make homemade food for my pet chihuahua . My dog is 1 year old and a female.?
    Using ingredents such as lamb, chicken,beef,etc

    • ANSWER:
      Your vet can probably give you some great recipies or try searching the net. There is a good receipe here I ahve used: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/28515/homemade_dog_food_recipes.html

  41. QUESTION:
    i have a 1 month old chihuahua can i start feeding her dog food or not yet?

    • ANSWER:
      Claudia,

      Is this puppy still with the mom? This is really too young to be away from the mother-- are you sure about her age? Tiny breeds like Chihuahuas ideally stay with their moms until they are three months, and should be a full two months at a minimum.

      A chihuahua puppy that is weaned too early is at risk for becoming hypoglycemic from low blood sugar. You'll need to feed her every two hours. She's old enough that you shouldn't need to bottle feed her, but this is going to be a lot of work. Here's an article:

      http://petcaretips.net/feeding-puppy-formula.html

      You can get a milk substitute from your veterinarian or a pet store. Do NOT use cow's milk because that can cause tummy problems. You should call your vet anyway and get this puppy in for a checkup and vaccinations ASAP.

      I'm really concerned that this breeder is just trying to make money on these puppies, because sending them off to new homes at a month old is just irresponsible and dangerous for the puppies. A good breeder of Chis will keep them until 10-12 weeks, will make sure that you know everything you need to know about caring for her, and will send home a sample of the food for the first few days for you. Just taking your money and handing you a puppy is irresponsible.

      If it is possible to have the puppy go back and stay with the mom for at least 3-4 more weeks, I would strongly recommend that you do that, for your puppy's health. Most breeders who are trying to make money off their poor dogs get rid of them as soon as they can, so that may not be an option.

      Here's a recipe for homemade puppy formula:

      http://www.bellcrestboxers.com/puppyformula.pdf

      Orphan Puppy Formula
      1 Cup Boiled Water (cooled)
      1 Can Carnation Evaporated Milk
      1 TBSP Corn Syrup (white)
      2 Eggs (YOLKS ONLY)
      1 Heaping TBSP Natural Yogurt
      mix ingredients together in blender. Refrigerate.
      If formula has not been used up in 3 days, throw it out and make a fresh batch.
      I have raised and/or supplemented many puppies on the above formula over the years.
      There are other variations, but this one has worked well for me and my boxers
      Shirley Bell
      Bellcrest Boxers Reg’d

      Homemade formula is no substitute for going to the vet, so call today and make an appointment for tomorrow. Bring whatever vaccinations records you may have from the breeder.

      You can mix that homemade formula with puppy chow, and let it soften. She's so tiny that you should make only a tablespoon at a time for her, and don't let it sit out very long. Offer food frequently, but don't leave it out.

  42. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of dry Eukanuba dog food contamination? All three of my dogs got sick on it in February.?
    My 2 chihuahuas started vomiting after eating dry Eukanuba in Feb. 07, my German Shepherd got very ill with vomiting at the same time, he was more ill because he ate more of the food. The little dogs stopped eating it and ate the cat's food. The big dog ate it and had to go to the vet. Once I switched to another brand (not on the recall lists) they all got better. I will be feeding them hanburger and rice from now on. Any suggestions for homemade dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      40% meat 30% veggies 30% starch (rice or potatoes) tonite i threw a whole chicken in a pot and cooked it, removed the bones, added celery, carrots and rice, we ate together. best to use organic products.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is hard boil egg,carrot, peas, and chicken good for chihuahua?

    • ANSWER:
      Chihuahuas need the same nutrients as any other dog, http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/ucm047120.htm How are you processing the carrot, peas and chicken? Dogs don't digest carrots and peas well raw, and cooking them and chicken destroys some nutrients while making others available. This is part of the reason why it is silly to judge a dog food by the ingredients. Without knowing how they are processed, there is no guessing what nutrients are available.

      I am not into such an ego trip as to risk my dog's health or make it a test animal for any diet I devised. I tire of people stating opinions with no evidence to back them as fact. That means you @Rawrescue. I know of no controlled study backing raw or homemade. it is all speculation, misinformation and junk science.

  44. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of dry Eukanuba dog food contamination? All three of my dogs got sick on it in February.?
    My 2 chihuahuas started vomiting after eating dry Eukanuba in Feb. 07, my German Shepherd got very ill with vomiting at the same time, he was more ill (so it seems) because he ate more of the food. The little dogs refused to eat the Eukanuba (Adult Small Bites) and started eating the cat's food. The big dog ate it and became extremely ill, and had to go to the vet. Once I switched to another brand (not on the recall lists) they all got better. I will be feeding them hamburger and rice from now on. Any suggestions for homemade dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      There are NO,, I repeat, NO Eukanuba dry foods on the recall list. Only the meat & gravy wet foods made by Meny Foods were on that recall.

  45. QUESTION:
    Help with new chihuahua puppy?
    Im getting a chihuahua puppy next week. Its a light brown/mocha colored girl, names Bella. Shes gonna be around 6 1/2 to 7 weeks when i get her. I want to be able to provide the best care for her. She is going to be sleeping inside in my room. I need training,grooming,teeth etc. tips and ideas. also I need homemade treat recipies and dog food ideas. if you have any ways to help let me know :)

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    My dog hasn't ate too much is something wrong?
    My dog is a chihuahua and we have had her about 15 or 16 months now. We got her when she was 2 months old. She doesn't ever eat a full plate of food, and her bowl is kinda fit for her. I want to know if something is wrong. Is it the food she eats or something else? We feed her pedigree hard crunchy food but its small, and pedigree soft meaty or chunky food. Now she eats even less since she is in heat (her period or whatever) I need some advice cause the vet gives minimal help.
    forgot to add that shes never really eaten much and shes always been skinny. She just doesnt gain weight

    • ANSWER:
      Your breed of dog doesn't really need to eat alot. However I would also say your dog probably isn't all that happy with what you are feeding it. Would you like to eat the same thing everyday..food that tastes like cardboard. If you want your dog to eat, and be happy, change it's diet to a homemade food diet.

  47. QUESTION:
    My Chihuahua has Gas very bad, and has had it for 3 weeks.?
    She eats human food alot. What causes it? What can I do that can stop it, that doesn't cost anything?
    am I still able to feed her like sandwich ham? Just a lil' bit every once in a while because thats all she'll take to do tricks.

    • ANSWER:
      1) Its the human food that is causing it.
      2) You can stop feeding her human food to stop it. Stopping yourself and others from feeding her human food does not cost money.
      3) No you shouldn't give her sandwich ham. Ham even in little pieces can still give her very bad gas.
      4) There are many good dog treats out there that she will like just as much, or more than she likes the sandwich ham.
      5) You can even make her homemade treats yourself. Go to this dog treat recipe site and pick one that you think that she will like.
      thepoop.com/pooppantry/default.asp
      Don't let its gross name fool you!

  48. QUESTION:
    Homemade dog food nutrition?
    I am interested in making homemade dog food for my 3 year old chihuahua and my 12 week old malchi. I have found a few recipes, but I need more information on what nutritional guide to go by. Like how much meat and which vegetables and fruits to use and how much. I am not interested in the raw food diet since they include bones and being that my dogs are little and one is so young. Also with the raw diets, I hear there is risk of e. coli. I definitely want to cook mine. Also which vitamins or supplements are the best to add? Thank you!
    Can i get some more info. on the raw diets such as Barf and raw meaty bones diet?

    • ANSWER:
      I have fed my dog on raw meat, meaty bones and offal since she was nine weeks old. Her pups will be weaned straight onto this diet too.

      The risk of bacterial contaimination is actually higher in cooked and minced meats that are being stored than a solid chunk of meaty bone. Commercial foods are frequently recalled due to contamination - both human and animal, so to say that raw food is riskier is a fallacy.

      Dogs are NOT human - their digestive system is designed for raw meat, skin, bones and offal not vegetables, fruits and grains. Please read the attached links before you discount a raw diet. The millions of raw feeders around the world are just not experiencing the so-called problem of bacteria with their dogs.


homemade dog food for chihuahuas