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Old 08-03-2007, 12:28 PM
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hi everyone i would like to know how much food to put into my chihuahuas bowl i always seem to put too much food in as they never eat it all they have a double sided bowl which i put wet food in one side and dry into the other side this is for the both of them as they prefer to eat out of the one bowl but they never seem to finish. i amalways worried as i think our girl honey is skinny,(shes very slow at eating and very picky) i prefer not to feed them my food as they go of there food for days if i do, but do give them treats on the odd occasion after they eat there dinner

plus they always get bored of there food so i have to change there food regulary (is this a problem) is there a brand that is really good for chis that i could get in belfast northern ireland i am feeding them purina one puppy food (dry) and rolls of wet food i let them eat whenever as i leave the bowl down all the time (is this wrong)

is there something i should be doing that i am not!
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Old 08-03-2007, 01:02 PM
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The best dry foods available in the UK are Royal Canin, Nutro, Purina Pro Plan and JWB from what I know I'll leave it to everyone else here to add more.

Wet food if you can get Nature Diet or Natures Menu they are the best I've found here basically they're all foods you get from your local pet shop, generally as a rule if you can buy it in a supermarket it isnt good for them.

Free feeding is fine if they arent gaining excessive weight but if you do have a picky eater, Zero is very picky I had him on Royal Canin puppy to put the weight on and then changed him to Royal Canin sensible to keep his weight on as for feeding it should be on the bag but I usually give a handfull to each of them.

if you're struggling to find where to get the food you can buy it offline and get it shipped to your door. Also Pets at home (eventhough I dislike the place) does sell premium dog food.

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Old 08-03-2007, 01:21 PM
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Royal Canin is a good food, and the Chihuahuas tend to like it.

i free feed, we dont have aset amount, but about 1 cup goes in there for all 3 chihuhauas.

i wouldnt leave the wet food out all the time though as wet food can easily go bad.
I would have 2 set times during the day where they get a meal of wet food then can pick at the dry as needed the rest of the time.
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:23 PM
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I split one level scoop (1.5 cups) of dry Royal Canin Chihuahua between the two of them, once a day in the evenings. Sasha devours her half and trixie usually leaves a couple mouthfulls. Their weight is steady and they have tons of energy so it's all good.
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:16 PM
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Jinxy eats about 60gr of Royal Canin Chihuahua. I free feed her too.
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:25 PM
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I wouldn't leave the wet food out all day since it can go bad and make your chis sick. It's like leaving your cooked meat dishes out all day, unrefrigerated (not safe to eat).

In my opinion, Purina is not a good dog food. I would switch to a better dog food, such as, Royal Canin or Nutro Natural Choice since these foods are available in Ireland.

Bella, who weighs 5 pounds, eats 1/3 heaping cup of Merrick dry dog food (www.merrickpetcare.com). This is divided into 2 or 3 servings each day (2 on weekdays and 3 on weekends). She gets 1,000 mg. fish oil and an enzyme supplement daily. We also give her small snacks of fruits and vegetables. She is a very active and athletic dog, and she burns off the calories.

In my opinion, the amount of dog food to feed a chi also depends on the individual chihuahua. Like people, one chihuahua's metabolism is different from another chihuahua.
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Chico gets 1/4 cup a day total, divided into 2 feedings. He weighs 6.14 and is happy and healthy.
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Old 08-03-2007, 07:58 PM
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thanks guys i am definally going to change there brand and its going to be roal canin do you think i should use roal canin puppy or royal canin sensible charlie is over a year i yr and i mth and honey is 11 mths our new pup will definally start with royal canin puppy thanks for the advise
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