Do you really know all there is to know about your Chihuahua’s nutritional needs? Many pet owners think they’re doing what’s best for their happy pups when it comes to food. But, they rely on pure instinct more than science. Nutrition isn’t a guessing game, even when it comes to your pooch.

Think about this. You’re left to feed yourself based only on what you crave. You have no knowledge of what your body needs to function. Would you be eating 5 servings of fruit and veggies? Or, would you head straight for the Ding Dong case at the market?

All the Bases of a Happy Chihuahua

A Chihuahua’s diet can be as complex as any human’s (including yours!). It’s absolutely essential that you, as an owner, hit all of the vital nutritional bases. A deficiency of certain vitamins and nutrients can lead to upset tummies. Moreover, there can be overly dry or oily skin, brittle bones, weight issues, and, in some of the worst cases, death.

A balanced and proper diet is the building block of your Chihuahua’s overall health. If he doesn’t get the right blend of nutrients, it won’t matter if you give them the best care. With the right diet, his defenses against disease and disorders are infinitely strong. So, what are you waiting for?

Chihuahua nutrition - feeding advice and best food | zooplus Magazine

Mix it up!

For the most part, pre-packaged food will help you cover all of the major requirements of a happy Chi. This where many owners trip up simply because of the ease of the decision. Most think that the major choice is between dry and moist food. But, in reality, the best diet you can provide your dog is one varied in ingredients, textures, and nutritional value.

Wolves were carnivores, and that instinct remains with our modern-day dog. Dogs continue to hunt prey, love sausage-flavored treats, and adore the great crunch they get when chowing down on a bone. Those varied elements should give you a little bit of insight into how diverse your Chi’s diet can be.

Move Beyond Meat

A meat-based diet is good, but your Chihuahua will also need fiber and carbohydrates to aid in digestion and stability. You could throw down a bowl of dry food every day and maybe give him a “treat” of moist food once a month. But, how would you like it if the tables were turned and he insisted on feeding you pancakes every day for the rest of your life? Not such a sunny outlook, is it?

The Chihuahua's Special Dietary Needs | BeChewy

A Happy Meal is a Real Meal

Listen, nobody ever said you had to rely on a bag or can of food to feed your dog. You cook for your family all the time. Doesn’t your Chihuahua deserve similar treatment? Most owners say they’d love to cook for their pups but just don’t know where to start, and that’s where I come in.

Now, you can help fulfill all of your dog’s nutritional needs with just one quick flip through 180 Delicious Gourmet Dog Recipes. I know, I know, you’re busy, and there’s barely time to cook your family a proper meal. That’s why you’ll love this book. In addition to covering all of the usual recipes like traditional dog chow and cookies, we’ve brought several others that are healthy and delicious enough for you, your dog, and your family.

Being skeptical is natural. But how can you pass up recipes like biscotti, muffins, omelettes, dinner mints, and even sushi?

Give Your Chi some Green

Your Chihuahua needs a well-balanced diet, and the best way to accomplish that is through a wide variety of ingredients. Did you know that many happy dogs love veggies? In fact, if your dog likes to nibble on grass, he may appreciate some of the veggie-oriented recipes in the cookbook.

Give it a shot and see what you – and your dog – think. After all, the worst that could happen is an improvement in your pooch’s health!

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