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the people at the shelter think she is around 5 years old. the vet thought that was about right. we have had her since dec. 5. I know she is quite plump, but she is really happy now! She has just became a totally different dog since we brought her home. We have stopped giving her treats and feeding her a little less and she just won't seem to lose a bit of weight. when the weather gets better we will walk a bit, although she hates being outside of the fence. She always runs back toward the door so scared. we will work on that.
 

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That's awesome that she's happier. I have some "pleasantly plump" girls too :D I just had to cut back their diet a little but yeah, the treats don't help do they.
 

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the people at the shelter think she is around 5 years old. the vet thought that was about right. we have had her since dec. 5. I know she is quite plump, but she is really happy now! She has just became a totally different dog since we brought her home. We have stopped giving her treats and feeding her a little less and she just won't seem to lose a bit of weight.
I think it is a heartwarming thing that you did adopting a 5 year dog.
I wish more people would adopted older dogs instead of searching
out just puppies. Do you know why she was given up for adoption?
Oh and how much does she weigh now?
I am sure you have gotten your baby a full check up @ the vets when
you adopted her , but did you have any blood work done on her?

I don't want to seem like an alarmist, but the way your dog looks
reminds me of my last chi @ about the same age. Munchkin
suddenly around 5 1/2 years old went through a rather
sudden weight gain and no matter what we tried we couldn't
get the weight to come down. The vet kept telling us to cut back
on his treats and get him some exercise , but after doing that
he still didn't drop enough weight.

Upon my request we had blood work done and found out our baby
had diabetes. Then we went through major diet changes and
numerous other things. Too make a long story short, it
didn't end well for my Munchkin because he developed
other complications because the diabetes wasn't caught soon
enough thus being left untreated for far too long.

There are a lot of threads on this forum about healthy
foods and snacks for chi's other than the "normal"
brand name items that might be worth a try. If
your dog is nervous outside , try stimulating
her inside with extra toys to get her to exercise more.
If you don't see some weight loss, I would recommend
a chem 7 test @ the vet to check her sugar levels
just to be on the safe side. Between 5-7years
is when diabetes typically develops in a chihuahua.

Please give us an update on your little girl
and if you have any questions about
helping her loose some weight perhaps
all of us on this forum can help.

Here are some pics on the before and after of my Munchkin.
The before is only a few months before the diagnosis of
diabetes.



 

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lynx8456: She was taken to the shelter by the brother of the owner. She had fleas so bad they had taken off her hair on her backside. The owner obviously neglected her I am not sure about abuse.

I just took her to the vet about two weeks ago for anal glands and toenails. she weighed 9.2 pounds way to much for her frame. I think I will go and suggest a diabetes test just to be on the safe side. I can't believe the difference between your pictures. that makes me nervous so i think I will give the vet a call tomorrow. thank you for the advice and heads up.
 

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You welcome ....from the flea infestation you described
your dog might be slightly anemic or have an internal
parisite...both of which can cause the dog
to over eat, thus leading to sudden weight gain.
Either way with an adoption and unknown
medical history I think the blood test
is a simple way to air on the side of caution.
It eliminates any guessing and will
help you work out a good healthy diet for your baby.

Good luck and let us know how things work out.
 
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