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Old 09-03-2014, 02:15 AM
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Hello. I am new to the site as well as a new chihuahua puppy owner. He is a Chihuahua and shizthu (sp) mix. He is 8 weeks old. I feed him a wet puppy food by NaturalLife. the problem is, is that when he eats, he eats it so fast he ends up 'crying'. I'm assuming he eats so fast that it enters his stomach painfully. I do not feed him dry food simply because I am afraid he will choke on it the way he eats. I have had him for about two weeks and this has been a problem from day one. He also eats 4 times a day a little over a tablespoon probably. He is less than one pound. What can I do? the only thing I can think of is hand feeding him but he tends to try to eat my fingers. He eats as if he is STARVING. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
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When does the 'crying' start? Immediately? In a few minutes? An hour or so later? If he is only eight weeks, and you've had him for 2 weeks then he was awfully young to leave his mom. Is he getting enough to eat? I think I'd try to give him more food at each feeding. Most dogs do eat very fast, and puppies are no exception. I'd get a pet scale and weigh him each week. Another option is to use a vet scale at your vet's. Most won't charge for just weighing. Good luck.
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Yeah he was in need of a quick home and a friend from the vets office called me. He was really young but better to be rehomed than having to be sent to the pound though. I do understand your concerns. He gulps it down and he cries almost immediately after swallowing. He was gagged a couple of times while eating. I have had a few large breed dogs and this is my first small breed. He does look a little thin so I have upped the amount I feed. Do you think I should include some soggy dry food? I do think he should be fatter than he is and I feel awful that I am so ignorant about what and how to feed this tiny puppy. He is full of energy and runs and plays with my big dog til he drops Thank you for your help!
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I would increase the amount of meals. Little and often is the best way to add weight. If you can feed him more frequently he shouldn't be as hungry. I would let him eat his fill at each meal. Toy breed puppies are usually still feeding from mum at 8 weeks, have you been giving him a milk replacement? Also make sure you are feeding the best quality food possible so it is very nutrient dense.
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I asssume that you are feeding a tiny dog, tiny kibble? I'd go as far as getting some milk at Petsmart that nursing pups get, and pour some over the kibble. There are nursing puppies forumas in some of the good kibbles. Good luck with this little one.
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I feed him a high quality wet puppy food. I am considering a high quality dry puppy food for his size but still fear he may choke on it the way he scarfs down his meals. I did talk to my vet and she said to increase the amount. He seems to be slowing down on his eating. I still feel terrible that I was likely not feeding him enough. We have a vet appointment Friday so I hope to get more advice on how to feed. Thank you all for your help. It definitely helped! I hope to gain knowledge from this site about Chihuahuas because after a lot.of big dogs I have fallen in love with my new small breed. He is fabulous.
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Can we see some pics? He sounds adorable. I don't think I have ever met a Chi/Shih Tzu mix before.
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I would love to post a pic but I cannot seem to figure out how. I dont see an attachment button nor do I have a link to a photo.
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