I own a nine week old Chihuahua girl named Elle. I've had her for three weeks and recently I've noticed her belly looks a little large...I might even say swollen. At first, I was feeding her softened puppy food mixed with soft canned food. Then, I gradually weened her off the canned food and have only been feeding her the softened puppy food. For a while she wouldn't eat at all when I layed her food out. She would take one or two bites then be done. I would leave it there for a while and watch to see if she ate anything, but she didn't. I figured it was just her getting used to her new enviroment or something.
Now, she eats fine. But, I've become accustomed to leaving her food dish out so she can eat whenever she gets hungry. Could she be over-eating?
I'm going to start her on a feeding schedule and if it doesn't resolve itself I'm going to take her to the vet. However, if this is a general breed/puppy characteristic, I just thought somebody might be able to let me know.
Thank so much in advance! This has really started to worry me!