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25 Best Foods for an Overweight Chihuahua

| Published on May 2, 2023
Does your  Chihuahua have a few extra pounds they need to lose? 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 an overweight Chihuahua? 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 overweight, and may have other related health 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 That Needs to Lose Weight

My two just went to vet and both lost weight. One lost 5 pounds, the other 4. I cut back on the size of treats, subbing with fresh fruit sometimes. I also went from Science Diet Sensitive stomach to their healthy weight. I feed them 1/3 c. in the morning and add about 1/8 c fresh pet for small dogs at night on top of 1/4 c SD HW. As weather gets warmer, we will go for walks outside.

Author: Pam C.

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I cooked for babies Boiled skinless chicken breast A veggie I used broccoli and green beans with rice. Twice a day Mine loved it and if they were still here that’s what they would be eating it kept them very healthy

Author: Linda M.

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I used Nutro Ultra weight management small dog. Green beans as snack

Author: Sandra L.

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I boil chicken with sweet potatoes. I alternate with fresh pet and nature’s blend topper.

Author: Elba F.

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My little Chihuahua had major health problems so I made her food. Chicken was to hot for her so I used ground lamb. I would cook a cup of brown rice, fry and drain the ground lamb, dice up a can of rinsed mixed vegetables and scramble 5 fresh eggs. I would mix it all together and she loved it. I would portion it out into 1 cup freezer containers. I would put 1 in the fridge and the others in the freezer. It would last about 3 weeks before I’d have to make more. She was a real picky eater until I started making her food. She thrived until old age took her last November.

Author: Cindy W.

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My chihuahua Pennie eats Blue Buffalo chicken and brown rice and loves it. She gets three measured meals a day (we split 1/4 cup 3 times). She also get carrots and cucumbers as snacks. She stays just under 7 lbs. Good luck.

Author: Barb Nuvill L.

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Fromm small breed kibble made and sourced in the USA family owned and operated all my Chihuahuas eat it it wonderful food they have many flavors and also for weight management

Author: Maria F.

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Have the same problem. She is on metabolic hills diet with a little cooked white meat chicken. She does like it but I need to take her away eating part of my toast in am. She is 13. It is hard to break old habits.

Author: Katherine Bede Maverick P.

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Iams small bite size and carrots for treats. he will eventually eat it, especially if you stick to his diet.he will get hungry enough.and carrots will encourage him to eat.just stick to it and it’s hard not to give in I know. i have 3 Chihuahua and a stubborn pitbull, she’s the worst of all them, gotta love them though. good luck

Author: Rosetta T.

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I’ve been using weight management Fromm. Not losing fast but is working.

Author: Ellen F.

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Canned Purina one weight management lamb and rice has worked well to take some pounds off of our girl. Our Vet told us canned food is helpful in weight loss because it has less carbs.

Author: Jody B.

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My chi mix was gaining weight from getting older and more content. We started feeding her cooked frozen green beans mixed in with half the recommended kibble. She dropped the weight and her coat is super shiny too! Also, bought the micro mini treats and not the ones for her size. Good luck to you.

Author: Vicki R.

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I feed an eighth of a cup of Hills Science Perfect Weight twice daily along with a bit of pumpkin & asparagus

Author: Nancy R.

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Blue Buffalo wet or dry. That’s what my vet recommended for my 9 year old girl. She’s never been happier or healthier.

Author: Mary P.

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We feed 86 grams of wet food each day. 43 in am and 43 in pm. He is the weight the doctor wants him to be. In addition he gets treats and seems really happy. We feed Blue buffalo senior.

Author: Pamela S.

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The Vet had my dog on a 1/4 cup of there regular food with a tablespoon of canned green beans on top twice a day. The green beans have a lot of fiber and make them feel full for longer. He lost 4 lbs in about 6 weeks.

Author: Juanita P.

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I’m feeding Purina Pro Plan weight management for small breeds. They probably make it for toy breeds too.

Author: Lisa K.

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Yep that’s a Chi chi for ya. Mine are stubborn.. we did royal canin for 8 or 9 years. Now little Cesar. The weight is lot more manageable for them .

Author: Shawnna R.

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I use beneful healthy weight

Author: Victoria C.

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It’s all about calories..You need to find out how much weight the pup needs to be and how many calories it can have a day and than go from there. My dog likes pro plan weight management. I don’t give him any peanut butter anymore and and he really doesn’t get treats. I added green beans and other veggies to his food and it seems to be working.

Author: Monica B.

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Try Dr Marty’s it’s expensive but it’s the only good my Dog who is a Chi would eat besides egg Chicken Steak Carrots I had gotten her Spoiled It’s A fabulous Food for dogs just Expensive try it you will see your dog will love it

Author: Susan D.

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My vet prescribed Hills Metabolic weight food and my chihuahua will eat that. However if you can’t get it to eat any prescription food you could try a couple of different things. You could try smaller portions of regular food with green beans added because green beans hardly have any calories and they don’t have any sugar in them you just have to make sure that if you use canned that you’re using no salt added. Or you can make your own food and boil hamburger or chicken with rice and vegetables. My chihuahua likes green beans and broccoli and carrots. And then you can substitute blueberries for dog treats because blueberries are low carb and low calorie and my chihuahua absolutely loves them. And then get out and walk them everyday

Author: Julie J.

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The type doesn’t matter but you have to measure the calories. There is an APP you can put your dog’s weight and it will tell you how much to feed them. Mine went from 14 lbs to 11.5. She is big and 11.5 seems like the right weight. She gets 1/2 cup of Royal Canin Chi food a day.

Author: Moe G.

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Dr Marty’s my chihuahua love this food it is very healthy, I use as a topper because of the price.

Author: Jan Peacock B.

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Hills metabolic has worked for my gal It takes time and unfortunately i had to be severe, as she fought me on eating a meal vs grazing (how all of mine have been raised). She is the first one ive ever had a weight issue with. Tough to fix. But not impossible. I also use dr harveys premix in the am for all of them with protein and oil of choice. She went from 7.2 to current weight of 6.6 (which is still chubby). She is also a senior, so not super active.

Author: LeAna R.

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In conclusion, providing an obese Chihuahua with the right diet is crucial to ensure their journey towards a healthier weight is both enjoyable and effective. By focusing on high-quality protein sources, low-glycemic carbohydrates, and essential nutrients, you can support your dog’s weight loss while maintaining their overall health. Always consult with your veterinarian before making any significant changes to your pet’s diet. With patience, dedication, and the right food choices, your beloved Chihuahua will be well on their way to achieving a leaner, happier, and more energetic life. Embrace the journey together for a stronger bond and a healthier future.
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