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Commercial Diets for Your Chihuahua

Commercial Diets for Your Chihuahua

Raw vs Commercial Foods

You’ve just got your new Chihuahua and you’re wondering what kind of food is the best. 

Many people believe that because dogs are carnivores they need to be fed a diet that mimics what they would eat in the wild.

It is true that carnivores eat a diet consisting of raw foods including meats and the grassy stomach contents of other animals and many people believe this to be the ideal diet.  The purpose of this article is to show alternate diet ideas for those seeking commercial diets but not to argue the benefits of raw versus commercial foods.

Commercial Diets

The huge array of diets available can be confusing to anyone.  Many companies produce a dietary line for grocery stores, pet stores and veterinarians.  You can see the same company logos and labels in all three places but the foods are all completely different quality grades and nutritional values.

Often the choice of what food to feed your Chihuahua is determined by your budget.  Grocery store brands are the least expensive, followed by pet store varieties, and finally veterinary products.  One factor to keep in mind is that the nutritional value of the different types of foods often means that you can feed less of a veterinary product than a grocery store brand making it almost as cost effective.

If your Chi is healthy and happy it is easier to find a suitable diet.  Regular diets that provide good quality nutrition are vital to your Chihuahua throughout their lifetime.  Physical ailments or illness may mean that you need to address certain conditions with your Chi’s diet.  Even the discomforts of aging can be eased with supplements built into commercial diets.

When or if your pet is diagnosed with a special medical condition discuss diet with your veterinarian.  If your Chi becomes diabetic or develops kidney disease you must be willing to change their diet to accommodate their new physical needs.  This is where commercially prepared diets excel.

Types of Diets

Regular maintenance diets include diets designed to help dental health with enzymes to prevent tartar build up and large sized kibble to promote mechanical cleaning of your Chi’s teeth.  Non-dental varieties with regular sized kibble are also available.

There are diets formulated specifically for dogs with liver or kidney issues.  Low fat, high fat, low protein or high protein are all available depending on your veterinarian’s recommendations.  Tailoring diet to your Chi’s specific dietary needs and medical conditions means they will live longer and happier lives.

Dogs with urinary tract issues such as crystals in their urine which can lead to bladder stones can be helped with diets made with different pH levels which dissolve crystals before stones develop.  This simple dietary switch can prevent the discomfort and expense of further surgeries for bladder stones.

There are diets that are made just to help with the regular aging process.  Heart diets and brain diets provide supplements that are known to help restore function or stop the progression of degenerative diseases.

Even the relatively simple act of easing the stiffness of arthritis due to old age can be helped with diet.  There are specially formulated joint diets with glucosamine supplements and other additives that help lubricate the joints and ease your aging Chihuahua’s discomfort.  Studies have shown that just the use of these diets decreases the need for anti-inflammatory pain relievers.  Of course, keeping your Chi at a healthy weight aids in the relief of joint stiffness as well.

Short haired or long haired Chihuahuas, young or old, well trained or a little bit of a handful – it doesn’t matter what kind of Chi you have, they can benefit from commercially prepared diets if you wish to use them.  So enjoy your Chihuahua and spend as much time as you like dressing them up and showering them with adorable Chihuahua gifts.  However, when it comes time to decide what to feed your little one, look into all the options available and make an informed decision based on your lifestyle and needs and those of your pet.

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