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Hey All,

My name is Kellie & I'm a new (kinda) owner to a gorgeous boy - His name is Ben and he is a long haired Chihuahua Male. He was born on March 17th, Currently five months old (as of today).

I'm excited to get to talking with other people who are/have experienced some of the same things as I have as well as make some new friends and share pictures :):)
 

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Here are just a few little pictures of him. I am completely obsessed. I was going through my cell phone the other day and I had 266 pictures of just him.

He's my first Chihuahua and I am in love - I have never owned a dog with a personality like his.:daisy:
 

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Oh, he is so handsome! Welcome to CP!

May I ask if those are tear stains on his face? If so, what do you feed him? Diet can contribute to tear stains if you're not feeding a high quality food. There's other great tips out there to prevent tear stains as well.
 

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What a handsome man u have! Welcome to cp! I have 3 chi's, one of which is 6 months old and is a long coat too!! I think u will find this forum very helpful an fun!
 

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Oh, he is so handsome! Welcome to CP!

May I ask if those are tear stains on his face? If so, what do you feed him? Diet can contribute to tear stains if you're not feeding a high quality food. There's other great tips out there to prevent tear stains as well.
I don't think they are tear stains, because his eyebrow is the same color. I think he's just uniquely marked. Not sure if I am seeing it correctly, but I think that since they match his eyebrow he just has some awesome coloring coloring going on.
 

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Oh, he is so handsome! Welcome to CP!

May I ask if those are tear stains on his face? If so, what do you feed him? Diet can contribute to tear stains if you're not feeding a high quality food. There's other great tips out there to prevent tear stains as well.
Yeah - Those are tear stains. He had a little bit when he was a puppy and then it turned into full blown tear stains. Those pictures were taken over a month ago.. now his eyes dont water as much but he still has a little mark. He eats Royal Canin Chihuahua Food.
 

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Yeah - Those are tear stains. He had a little bit when he was a puppy and then it turned into full blown tear stains. Those pictures were taken over a month ago.. now his eyes dont water as much but he still has a little mark. He eats Royal Canin Chihuahua Food.
Ah, okay. I hate to sound so harsh, but RC is not a very good food at all. Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor displays unbiased food ratings with a detailed analysis of every food so you can understand why it is good or not. I would suggest a grain-free kibble such as Acana or Fromm, or if you can afford the best of the best premade foods, I would recommend freeze dried or frozen raw such as Ziwipeak or Stella And Chewys. However, fresh prepared raw is really the absolute best thing you can feed, but you need to understand what you're doing. There's a great forum here on raw feeding if you're interested in checking that out.
 

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Ah, okay. I hate to sound so harsh, but RC is not a very good food at all. Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor displays unbiased food ratings with a detailed analysis of every food so you can understand why it is good or not. I would suggest a grain-free kibble such as Acana or Fromm, or if you can afford the best of the best premade foods, I would recommend freeze dried or frozen raw such as Ziwipeak or Stella And Chewys. However, fresh prepared raw is really the absolute best thing you can feed, but you need to understand what you're doing. There's a great forum here on raw feeding if you're interested in checking that out.
I actually went into a local pet store today and bought a sample bag of a newer food they are offering called "Dried n Alive" its a freeze dried food. Ben doesn't seem too keen on it - ugh.. hes so picky
 

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Thank you - He's my world that's for sure. I'm a little late signing up for the forum lol he's 5 months old now. I managed to get him fully house trained with no pee pads, just going outside and also he has free roam when I am not home. He's doing really well that's for sure :)
 

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I actually went into a local pet store today and bought a sample bag of a newer food they are offering called "Dried n Alive" its a freeze dried food. Ben doesn't seem too keen on it - ugh.. hes so picky
I've never heard of that, but freeze dried raw is good. The ingredients look decent. There's no grain so that's a plus.

Oh, I hear you. Gemma is terribly picky. I've been trying to feed her Ziwipeak, which is also freeze dried raw, and she literally spits it out. I have soaked it in water, in canned food, ripped it into tiny pieces, put it through a blender and turned it into crumbs and mixed them with canned food, and she still hates it. There seems to be nothing I can do to make her like it.

The only food she really seems to like is her Acana kibble and Ziwipeak canned food. Acana is a good kibble if you want to look into kibbles. The only reason I wanted to switch Gemma to ZP was because she also has very bad tear staining and I was hoping that a raw diet would improve that. She also has very stinky poop and she likes to eat it. I've heard ZP and raw can help with that as well. I might just end up going fresh raw.
 
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