I have a one year long haired chihuahua. I am always having trouble finding a food that he likes and can chew. He had puppy food as a puppy but even had trouble chewing it. Now he is so picky that if he doesn't like his food he will go days refusing to eat it. Any suggestions on a food easy to chew and that he will approve of? He is already little and I don't want him losing to much weight.---P.S He NEVER gets table food I have been lucky enough on kennel & housebreaking & do not want to cause porblems with that. I have tried pedigree small breed & he picks the square pieces out. He has gone 4 days w/o touching his food so I did give in, bc I was worried about him.
***Edited By: luvmytacodog on 7/20/2008 4:26:59 PM*** Reason: extra notes
well i feed my chihuahuas either science diet or pedigree small breed. they bothare 2 x easier to crunch. idk thats just what i feed them.
also any dog wont starve themselfs. youve just been too leanient with them, probably feeding him human food. so get them off that and just lay out the dog food for about 20 min. and pick it up. and do this before bed and when you wake up. they will get hungry and want to eat it when you put the food out.
every dog has the ambition to survive..not starve themselfs to death.
Have you taken your baby to the vet - there may be an underlying reason why he's not eating. (Sore teeth, mouth ulcer or upset stomach) - get a complete check up.
If it is not health related, if you go to the pet store, Royal Canin has a very good food that is easy for them to eat (I have a picky Maltese that will eat it) - and unfortunately the smaller breeds will sometime starve themselves to the point of hypoglycemia. It is important to have him eat something - until you can get a check up. Canned dogfood, canned chicken, chicken baby food or cottage cheese are things you can try.
There's a special formula Chihuahus dry food you can purchase at PetCo or Pet Smart stores. Since Chi's don't have the keen sense of smell that other dogs do, this dogfood is suppose to be formulated for that reason, among other reasons. I would try it. Some breeders also recommend "canned food" for Chi's. Only a few onces per day for tiny Chi's and maybe a 1/2 can of the 13oz cans for larger Chi's.