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25 Best Foods for a Chihuahua with Arthritis

Written by: Z


Z is a Special Project Coordinator of HomeLife Media and a writer for She has 3 dogs namely Skye, Luna, and one of them is a rescue, named Tesla.Read more
| Published on May 4, 2023
Is your chihuahua suffering from joint pain or arthritis? You’re not alone. Members of our I Love My Chihuahua Facebook community recently shared their insights on the following question: What food would you recommend for a Chihuahua with arthritis? We received hundreds of helpful replies and below have compiled some of the best responses.

Always remember to consult your veterinarian before making any health changes to your chihuahua’s diet, especially if they are suffering from arthritis or other medical issues. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be affiliate links where we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

25 Best Dog Foods for a Chihuahua with Arthritis or Joint Pain

I cooked for my chihuahua Spanky once he hit around 14 and started showing arthritis. Added fish oil, and glucosamine helped a bunch. Funny story, about 2 weeks after I started him on that routine he showed the first sign it was helping. He lifted his leg to pee for the first time in a couple of months. He was so happy excited about it. Even though that was basically the last function I wanted him to regain we still went to the dog park to celebrate.

Author: Deborah N.

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I would recommend restorapet. You can find it on Amazon. Absolutely fantastic. I get the bacon flavor for my chihuahua and I give her half a dropper full a day via mouth (not on food) Also dasuquin or cosequin. It’s like for arthritis. I would do the chews if baby will take them.

Author: Teirza T.

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The “fresh pet” in those little fridges at Walmart. My chi became a better dog, healthier too and she loved the taste.

Author: Bridget P.

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I cooked a concoction of ground lean beef and turkey ground and carrots a few potatoes diced and boiled and added to it with canine CBD oil added in for good measure. My veterinarian said it probably gave him another 3 years of pain free life. Was so glad I did it for him to have a good quality of life for his last years

Author: David L.

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Hills Mobility. I have worked at olive branch pet hospital for 21 years and it’s the only food we carry.

Author: Cheryl P.

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I have been adding Charlotte’s web cbd chews all chopped up forcour guy. Omg it has made a big difference. He a 17 year old Chihuahua. Its has a goid chicken taste. Try it. Its for seniors hip and joint. Its was this or drugging him up , that we did not want to do.

Author: Shawnna R.

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I switched my 14 year old Chihuahua to Wellness Small Breed Senior and I saw the results almost immediately, my Chi was limping from a torn ACL that the Vet told me there was really no guarantee she would get better after surgery. She has not limped since I switched her. It has Glucosamine and Chondroitin Support. I am so thankful for Wellness.

Author: Manzano J.

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We usually have our dogs (especially our husky, we also have a chi, used to have 4 chi’s total) CBD oil, it really helped them with their pain especially bc the one did have arthritis, at least just for the pain. Although I’m honestly not sure what food brand bc we never had a need for a specific food brand, our dogs did well with just the oil

Author: Maggs D.

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Science diet healthy mobility small bites it has glucosamine and chondroitin in it

Author: Diana M.

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I feed my 14 year Chihuahua Hills sensitive stomach for morning feeding but cook for him at night. I cook brown rice, chicken & veggies He is allergic to dry dog food.

Author: Eugene-Carolyn J.

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Eukanuba has a dog food that is Chihuahua specific and I have a friend that uses the CBD she puts 3 drops of food in her dog’s food for his hip displeasure which is joint too and it is amazing what it has done for that dog

Author: Elizabeth W.

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I also cook my own dog food Dice up sweet potatoes, shred carrots, can kidney beans, can green bean “low sodium” chicken broth in a box, managers special chicken, ground turkey, chicken livers, chicken gizzards, hamburger, crack a few eggs and stir and brown rice.throw this in electric frying pan or crockpot 200-250F for 30 minutes add rice to soak up chicken broth simmer 30 more or less till rice is cooked allow to cool a few hours …. bag up, freeze for later or use. They absolutely go crazy for this and my 5 chihuahuas look fantastic!

Author: Tom F.

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My mini schnauzer and my 12 yr old chihuahua both eat Purina Pro Plan for small breed for morning and fresh Pet for dinner.

Author: Cheryl H.

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I found a brand called Fromm. Grain Free variety, I opted for the Salmon style & love the teensy kibble. I also add bone broth (chicken) w/warm water for natural glucosamine intake. I have 1 elderly Parsons Russell Terrier & 2 Chihuahua mixes, one of whom is morbidly obese.

Author: Dee M.

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Stella and Chewy

Author: Monique G.

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I use hillscience for joints for my older chi’s who have arthritis after about 30 days. I have seen a Hugh change been using it for 7 years, now 2 of my babies are over 20 yrs old so at 10 I have started all mine on it and everyone is happy healthy and playful

Author: Lorrie D.

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Solid Gold Mighty Mini

Author: Loretta Schneider M.

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Blue Buffalo for seniors

Author: Lynne Van Horn C.

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Purina one Vibrant maturity

Author: Katrina Proctor V.

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Bil Jac food. And Butcher Shop Gollagen chews. I use to have chihuahuas, they all loved Bil Jac.

Author: Shannon N.

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I Feed my chi-dog & two other dogs Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend. My chi-dog really likes it.

Author: Carolyn S.

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Raw beef, every day and Rachel Ray dry, all they want…

Author: Michael M.

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Dr Marty’s Natural Blend. All natural healthy ingredients. Order online little costly but great

Author: Sugar W.

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Royal Canin (not sure of the spelling but you get it) it’s the best food out there. My 9 year old is just like a puppy since we switched about 9 months ago

Author: Vicki F.

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Stay away from foods that are inflammatory. (Eg;Red meat) Try turmeric or cinnamon added in. Also there are CBD treats and oils for pooches to help with the pain. Epsom salt baths regularly would help with pain. When it comes to arthritis it’s so much more than the “brand” of food. Omegas added to the food help with inflammation to…good luck.

Author: Cristina D.

Likes: 0


Managing arthritis in chihuahuas requires a holistic approach that emphasizes a well-balanced, anti-inflammatory diet. Integrating ingredients rich in fish oil for dogs, antioxidants, and natural supplements like glucosamine for dogs and chondroitin can significantly improve joint health and mobility. Consult with a veterinarian to personalize your chihuahua’s dietary plan, accounting for breed, size, and specific health requirements. By incorporating these food recommendations and maintaining a healthy weight, you will not only alleviate your dog’s arthritis symptoms but also boost their overall well-being, ensuring a happier, more comfortable life for your chihuahua. 
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