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I went to the vets with Cookie last Sunday for a check up and I've been told that Cookie is overweight :(

I have slightly limited her food (maybe I've been giving her too much?) and trying to take her on more walks (she's not a fan!)

She's only 17 weeks (almost 4 months) and she already weights 6lbs, my vet said she should weight about 4-5lbs, considering how young she is.

She doesn't look fat at all to be fair! Her legs are really long and I think she will grow a little bit more still, I just feel really bad about it :( Like I've done something wrong :(

Has anyone else had a similar problem?
 

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Do you have a picture? It's hard to say without seeing her. 6 lbs for a puppy so young does seem a bit much. But it can also be scary limiting food to a growing pup. What food do you feed currently, how much, and are you feeding her table scraps too?
 

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How much she actually weighs is irrelevant, does she look and feel overweight to you?
If you can't feel her ribs and she has no waist at all and/or rolls of fat she is overweight.
Just like people weight is very individual though and 6lbs could be spot on for her.
If you think she is too fat, better to keep her weight stable as she grows rather than try and make her lose weight.
What are you feeding? A quality diet without fillers that are high in carbs is the best choice. She will get all her nutritional needs met on a smaller amount of food, you need to feed a lot more of the high carb low quality foods which is why they are fattening.
 

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If she's 100% pure Chi from stable lines, I'd be very concerned with a pup that young being 6lbs. Now, if there is even a tiny bit of something else in there, it's anyone's guess what a proper weight would be, and it's not something you can judge on paper or numbers at that point, it something that you go by look and feel, just like Pixie said.

What do you feed, and how much per day? What's her energy level like?

My 7 month old pup is 5lbs and eating about 1/2 cup of Orijen per day split into two training sessions (we work for food normally here, unless I'm having an off day) and even he's lacking a well defined waist. Sometimes it's hard for us to absorb just how little food they need. It's really shocking when you look at the amounts and you kinda go "THAT'S IT?!"
 

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I'm with Stella. She may not be 'fat', but just a big chihuahua. If you are feeding her a 4-5 star food, or raw, then I'd weigh her every week. At only 4 months she is going to gain another couple of pounds probably. Use your hands and eyes and feel and look critically at her. Like Stella said, if you see no abdominal tuck, and see fat rolls, then I would cut back a little. Being a puppy, you can't cut back too much as they need the nutrients to grow.
 

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I've added 2 pictures of Cookie in my gallery so you can have a look.

http://www.chihuahua-people.com/members/cookiekiki-albums-cookie-picture35658-image2.html
http://www.chihuahua-people.com/members/cookiekiki-albums-cookie-picture35650-image1.html

I feed her about 100 grams of Pedigree Puppy food a day and then she gets around 20 grams of dry Pedigree puppy food + little snacks but not a lot!

My vet told me to make sure I can feel her ribs easily and that Cookie has a visible waist, I'm trying to work on that obviously! I'm going to go back to the vets in about 3 weeks just to see how much she will weigh.

To be honest, I don't really want to mention anything about her not being a 100% chihuahua, my husband got me her as a pure breed chihuahua, he paid for her quite a lot and he did it all for me because he knows how much I wanted a chihuahua. I know it sounds stupid but I don't want to make him feel like he's done something wrong...Does that even makes sense?
At this point I don't really care if she's a 100% chihuahua or if she's going to grow up to be a Labrador or something! ha ha! :)

Me and Cookie are soulmates and I just want to make sure that she's as healthy as possible.
 

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She doesn't look overweight in those pics, she looks a healthy size for a puppy.
I would definitely change her diet though, Pedigree is a low quality food,
allaboutdogfood.co.uk is a good site to research brands
Chis come in lots of shapes and sizes, she can be purebred but still a lot bigger than standard. There are purebred Chis on this forum in the 12-14lb range.
 

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I've added 2 pictures of Cookie in my gallery so you can have a look.



http://www.chihuahua-people.com/members/cookiekiki-albums-cookie-picture35658-image2.html

http://www.chihuahua-people.com/members/cookiekiki-albums-cookie-picture35650-image1.html



I feed her about 100 grams of Pedigree Puppy food a day and then she gets around 20 grams of dry Pedigree puppy food + little snacks but not a lot!



My vet told me to make sure I can feel her ribs easily and that Cookie has a visible waist, I'm trying to work on that obviously! I'm going to go back to the vets in about 3 weeks just to see how much she will weigh.



To be honest, I don't really want to mention anything about her not being a 100% chihuahua, my husband got me her as a pure breed chihuahua, he paid for her quite a lot and he did it all for me because he knows how much I wanted a chihuahua. I know it sounds stupid but I don't want to make him feel like he's done something wrong...Does that even makes sense?

At this point I don't really care if she's a 100% chihuahua or if she's going to grow up to be a Labrador or something! ha ha! :)



Me and Cookie are soulmates and I just want to make sure that she's as healthy as possible.

The two of you are so beautiful. I can understand you not wanting to hurt your husbands feelings. I wouldn't make a big fuss over it. I think Cookie looks fine. She doesn't appear to be overweight to me. A lot of times you may find that switching to a better quality food can make all the difference in the world. My first 2 chi's were big puppies too. They are 7.6 lbs full grown. But they used to weigh over 8! I never put them on a diet, but I realized after switching foods that they lost weight naturally and have maintained their weight ever since. Though I know for a fact that many dogs have thrived and lived 20 years on pedigree. It is a low quality food. Try switching her to something higher quality and see what happens.
 

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The two of you are so beautiful. I can understand you not wanting to hurt your husbands feelings. I wouldn't make a big fuss over it. I think Cookie looks fine. She doesn't appear to be overweight to me. A lot of times you may find that switching to a better quality food can make all the difference in the world. My first 2 chi's were big puppies too. They are 7.6 lbs full grown. But they used to weigh over 8! I never put them on a diet, but I realized after switching foods that they lost weight naturally and have maintained their weight ever since. Though I know for a fact that many dogs have thrived and lived 20 years on pedigree. It is a low quality food. Try switching her to something higher quality and see what happens.

I hope the harsh play biting has stopped with her and that you are getting to enjoy her.
 

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Play biting has pretty much stopped! Thank god! :) Thank you for all the advice! Means a lot :) I'm going to try and switch her food to something better quality vise :)
 

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The vet probably looked up the weight Chihuahuas are 'supposed' to be on a chart, instead of actually looking at the dog in front of him. I would consider changing vets.
I agree. When I first took Bella to another vet they asked what breed she was. Ummmmm...really? She was a purebred, yet bigger sized (18 pounds) Miniature Pinscher. That was our one and only visit there.
 

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She looks healthy. She is just going to be a big girl is all.

Do change foods, though. The site linked above should be helpful. :)
 

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she is not fat. She looks great and such a cutie too. My Hunley is a bigger sized chi, he is a bit over 6 lbs at 5 months, but not fat at all. Last vet visit, about two weeks ago, vet was very pleased with his weight and progress. I feed him blue wilderness puppy kibble, supplement with veggies and raw chicken right now. He also gets his fruits and snacks for training purposes. I would agree on changing to a better quality food and a new vet.
 
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