How do I know if my Chihuahua is underweight?

Answered by Robert Dupre

To determine if your Chihuahua is underweight, there are a few key signs that you can look for. First and foremost, you should be able to see the outline of its individual ribs. Gently run your hands along the sides of your dog’s body, and if you can easily feel each rib without applying much pressure, it may be an indication that your Chihuahua is underweight.

Additionally, take a look at your dog’s waist. The waist should be noticeably more narrow than the ribcage. If you can see a visible waistline when looking at your Chihuahua from above, it suggests that your dog is at a healthy weight. However, if the waist is in line with the ribs or even bulges out past them, it is likely that your Chihuahua is overweight.

Keep in mind that each dog is unique, and it’s important to consider factors such as breed, age, and overall body structure when assessing weight. It can be helpful to consult with your veterinarian, who can provide a more accurate assessment and offer guidance on maintaining a healthy weight for your Chihuahua.

In my personal experience, I had a Chihuahua who was underweight due to a medical condition. He had lost a significant amount of weight, and I could easily see his ribs and his waistline was much narrower than his ribcage. It was concerning, so I took him to the vet for a thorough examination. The vet confirmed that he was indeed underweight and worked with me to develop a plan to help him gain the appropriate amount of weight.

Remember, maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for your Chihuahua’s overall well-being. If you suspect that your dog may be underweight or overweight, it’s best to seek professional advice from a veterinarian who can provide tailored recommendations based on your dog’s specific needs.