What do Chihuahuas like to drink?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

Chihuahuas, like all dogs, primarily drink water to stay hydrated. It is important to provide fresh, clean water for your Chihuahua at all times. However, some Chihuahuas may also enjoy other beverages, such as milk.

Milk can be given to Chihuahuas in moderation as an occasional treat. It is important to note that not all dogs can tolerate milk, as many are lactose intolerant. Lactose is a sugar found in milk that some dogs have difficulty digesting, leading to digestive upset such as diarrhea or vomiting. If you are unsure whether your Chihuahua can tolerate milk, it is always best to consult with your veterinarian before offering it.

If your Chihuahua can tolerate milk, you can offer it plain or incorporate it into their meals. For example, you can mix a small amount of milk into their dry food or use it to make homemade dog treats. It is important to use cow’s milk that is low in fat and lactose-free, as high-fat milk can lead to weight gain and lactose can cause digestive issues.

Another milk product that some Chihuahuas enjoy is yogurt. Yogurt contains beneficial probiotics that can help support a healthy digestive system. However, it is important to choose plain, unsweetened yogurt without any artificial additives or sweeteners. You can offer a small spoonful of yogurt as a special treat or mix it into their food for added flavor.

Cheese is another milk product that Chihuahuas may enjoy. Hard cheeses, such as cheddar or Swiss, can be given in small quantities as a training reward or added to their meals for extra taste. Soft cheeses, like cream cheese or cottage cheese, can also be offered in moderation. However, it is important to avoid giving your Chihuahua cheese that is high in salt or fat, as this can be harmful to their health.

Ice cream is a popular treat for humans, but it is not recommended to give it to your Chihuahua. Most commercial ice creams contain high amounts of sugar, artificial flavors, and other additives that can be harmful to dogs. Additionally, the cold temperature can be uncomfortable for your Chihuahua’s teeth and digestive system. If you want to treat your Chihuahua to a frozen treat, there are dog-friendly ice creams available that are specifically formulated for their dietary needs.

While water is the primary beverage for Chihuahuas, some may enjoy milk and other milk products in moderation. It is important to consider your Chihuahua’s individual tolerance and consult with your veterinarian before introducing any new foods or beverages.