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Old 05-21-2017, 04:39 AM
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My girl is 17 weeks today, and im concerned about her weight. I had her at the vet two weeks ago and asked about her weight, but they didn't act concerned. She does not have worms, she's had her two doses and had a fecal test two weeks ago to confirm. But I'm still worried. She weighs about 2.25-2.5 lbs (she was 2.25 a couple weeks ago) and you can see her ribs and feel her hip bones when you pet her. I feed her 3-4 times a day and she also gets treats. She IS very hyper and active, always on the go and silly, so I'm thinking maybe she's just burning all her calories? Is this her build? I would feel better if others also had skinny, fine boned chihuahuas, my late chi was a barrel chested round bodied boy, ands maybe I'm comparing her to him too much. Oh, and she eats a vet approved diet that I make myself, it contains brown rice, veggies, fruit, meat, anchovies with oil, and olive oil. So. Does anyone else have a very skinny chihuahua? Am I worrying too much, or is my vet not worrying enough? Here are a couple pictures when I got her and one of her now so you can see how she's changed. I have another, better current picture, but I can't find it, I'll post it when I do.

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Sorry. Two of her now. (And the big dog is dodger, she's desperate to be friends.)

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I laughed when I saw the 'look' Dodger was giving the pup! I think she looks fine. As long as she is gaining weight, she may just be a tiny girl.
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It is hard to make accurate assessments from some photos, but she does appear healthy to me in the shots you shared. We have 3 cobby body shaped chis, and our 4th young boy is a longer, skinny bodied chi. He is built nothing like our others, but is very healthy and happy.
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I actually have the same issue with Buddy Bear. Every one tells me he looks too thin. Especially cause his bones are somewhat visible. But he'll eat his breakfast and dinner. And when I do feed him "extra" He'll look "bigger" but as soon as he has a bowel movement he'll look "thin" again. Or he'll skip a meal because he's too full. I get very frustrated. But it's like I feed my dog. I've even fed him (about 2 years ago) can puppy food because I know it's recommended for a malnourished dog. I thought it would put weight on him. He ended up skipping meals or after a bowel movement he'd look thinner. But other than that he's completely healthy and the vet said he was fine.
He's the only Chihuahua I have that is that small.
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Short-haired dogs, even puppies should have some ribs somewhat visible when standing and breathing normally! The vast majority of dogs are overweight, even show dogs, because people don't want to see ribs or hip bones. Some dogs should show hip bones too, but that depends more on the angle of their hips. Running your hands over the dog's sides when standing, it should feel like the back of your hand.
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I have a very skinny chi, judging from your picture. Your chi is a little pudgy compared to mine. she is just a little over 6 month and under three 3 pound. I also have her sister from previous litter who was also very skinny. She started to fill out between 7 month/8 months. As long as she is eating multiple time a day nothing to worry about


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She looks about perfect to me. I second what Melody said - the issue is that MOST dogs these days are actually overweight, and most people have a skewed view of what a dog's weight should be and what they should look like.
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