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Who would have thought the little unhealthy dog we got from the shelter would end up in three short months being overweight! She weighed 9.2 pounds today at the vet! She was just 6 I believe when we got her. He said teasingly to go home and put her on the treadmill.
 

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The little sweetie does look a bit too heavy, but it's pretty easy to get them to trim down. If you're giving any treats...STOP! Use green beans or carrots as treats, and she will thank you for it. Most doggy treats are loaded with calories, and we don't realize how quickly these little ones can pack on the weight ;)
 

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i had chihuahuas growing up and one of the pups charlotte grew to be huge and was fed exactly the same as her parents who were tiny and the she never had any problems at all although she did fall ill one day and we took her to the vets who later phoned when we were out to say that the best thing was to put her down as there was nothing they could do, as it was my uncle was staying with us and told them not to do anything until we came home. when we got home and phoned the vet she was alot better and lived an extra 8 years after. i think some chihuahuas just turn out larger than others even when they come from small parents and eat the same, as long as he is healthy thats the main thing.
 
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My puppy mill girl, Kozanna, only weighed four pounds when I got her a little over a year ago. I free fed her and she weighs six pounds now. The vet said she doesn't need to gain any more weight, so I've quit free feeding her and am giving her the proper amount for a six-pound dog. She has luxating patellas, so controlling her weight is important. Weight can play a part in a lot of physical problems.
 

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She's a cutie :)

But I too think she's a little overweight. Like someone else suggested, if you're feeding her treats, stop. Using carrots or green beans is a great idea. Boss LOVES carrots! If you're not walking her daily, you might want to start that too. It won't take too much effort to get her back down to a good healthy weight.
 

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I don't mean to be critical, but you should be very careful
about her weight. I would recommend changing her treats
right away like Tricia said. Chihuahuas can gain weight
very rapidly which can lead to serious health problems
when they get older. Excessive weight causes undue
stress on their lungs, heart, liver and kidneys
as well as their joints and it can reek havoc on their
sugar levels which can lead to much more
serious health issues. Trust me I know this
from expierence. It is very easy to over indulge
our little chi's, but do it the healthy way and do it
in moderation and do weekly weight checks to
make sure the dog maintains a healthy consistant weight.
Lots of love and exercise go along way too.
 

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awwww she is pudgy but it makes her cuter! i love pudgy dogs but i do know that it becomes a health issue. good thing is that we have complete control over how much and what they eat and how much exercise they get (i wish we could say the same for ourselves, weight loss would be a breeze if we had no choice but to rely on others for food and exercise hehe) so seh shoudl lose the pound(s) in no time!
 

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I feed her wellness small dog and only 1/4 cup in the morning and 1/4 cup at night. I do give her treats so I guess I'll stop that. I think it is amazing how fast she gained the weight. toby is up to 11 pounds but he is slim and trim!! She is a cutie tho and such a loving little thing. I love her so much already!
 

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maybe she's just big boned! hehehe :) jk but wow i would figure she would be slim from the food you give her, she must be loaded with treats and scraps :eek:
 

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She is just more snuggly. I agree with the other that cutting the treats is a good idea. Neither of my chi's are all that food motivated but they love cut up veggies as treats - carrots and red peppers. They get this as a pre-dinner salad at night and as treats for training.
 
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