Chihuahuas are so small, it’s easy for them to get overweight. This is especially true if you like to indulge them when they beg – it doesn’t take too many human treats to make a Chihuahua overweight. In addition, since so many of us tend to carry them around – in our arms or in bags – our Chihuahuas are not always getting the exercise that they should. But being overweight is not good for your Chihuahua. It can lead to all kinds of health issues and even shorten his lifespan. Because of this, it’s important to recognize when yours has packed on a few extra pounds, so you can adjust your lifestyle or get him checked out by a vet as soon as possible. The following are 3 signs your Chihuahua is overweight.
#1 – Can’t Feel Ribs
You should be able to feel your Chihuahua’s ribs when you run your hand over their middle. If you can’t, you need to up your Chihuahuas exercise and cut down on those extra treats. Remember, treats should only be 10% of their diet and for a dog as small as a Chi, that’s not very much!
#2 – No Definition
Chihuahuas should have a definition to their body. This includes a chest and rib cage, which should be round and stick out a bit. Then, their body should slim down to a waist where his hips are. If your Chihuahua doesn’t have a waist, he is carrying around a couple extra pounds. Dr. Sophia Yin’s website has a great, easy to follow guide for checking your dog’s definition.
#3 – Hard Time Grooming Herself
Have you noticed that your Chihuahua is having a hard time licking or scratching herself? Being overly round can make it impossible for a dog to reach spots they should physically be able to for cleaning and itching. If you’ve noticed your Chihuahua having trouble, it’s time for a diet.