Chihuahuas are wonderful dogs, but they are notoriously finicky eaters. Homemade diets are a much more natural alternative to commercial dog foods that can contain unnecessary or unhealthy ingredients. Start a balanced homemade diet today to keep your canine healthy and playful!
If you’re thinking about switching your chihuahua to a natural or homemade diet, then this article should provide you with all the information you need.
Best Natural Diet for Chihuahua
The best food diet for a chihuahua should typically contain these features:
- No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Non-GMO fruits and vegetables is also preferred.
- Protein from a good source, such as wild-caught salmon or chicken from the USA.
- No fillers like corn or soy
- Supplements like glucosamine, omega fatty acids, probiotics/prebiotics, etc.
- A good balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber.
What to feed a chihuahua is completely up to you. If you opt for commercial dog food, make sure it follows the guidelines above to ensure your chihuahua’s nutritional needs are being met.
Chihuahuas are at a high risk of developing dental issues, so make sure you keep an eye on your dog’s teeth if you feed them wet food.
Dry dog food is better for dental health overall as it helps scrape off plaque and tartar.
A lot of chihuahuas do very well on homemade food as it is the best natural diet for a chihuahua. You can control the ingredients your chihuahua consumes, which means you can ensure your dog does not eat any unnecessary fillers, artificial flavors/colors/preservatives, inferior protein sources, or foods they are allergic to. Check out my guide to natural food and ingredients for your lovely and healthy chihuahua.
How Much To Feed A Chihuahua
How much you feed a chihuahua depends on their age, activity levels, weight, and health. Elderly chihuahuas have different dietary needs than adults or puppies.
It is recommended that you feed an adult chihuahua twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. However, some owners find that three meals a day is ideal.
Most adult chihuahuas should eat around Â½ cup to 1 and 1/3 cup of food each day.
This is based on the average weight of an adult chihuahua, which is between 4 lbs and 10 lbs.
Ingredients: Best Natural Diet & Nutrition for Chihuahua
The best natural diet for chihuahuas should contain the following:
Meat or other animal products should be included in a natural diet (around half). However, you should opt for lean meats if your chihuahua is not very active, such as chicken and turkey. Make sure you take the skin off poultry and remove excess fat.
Dark meat is more ideal if your chihuahua does not need a diet that’s low in fat.
- Boneless Meat
Hearts are a great option. It’s a good idea to use poultry and red meat.
Fish is a great source of vitamin D. If you do not include fish in your chihuahua’s diet, then you will need to supplement it. If you are cooking fish yourself, take out the bones. Never feed Pacific salmon, trout, or similar types to these species.
Organ meats need to make up around 5% of your chihuahua’s diet. Beef liver and chicken liver are good choices
Eggs are a good source of calcium and protein. You can leave the shells on as they are packed with even more calcium.
If your chihuahua is not intolerant to dairy products, then plain yoghurt is a good addition to their diet. If you chihuahua cannot consume cow dairy products, then you could try goat dairy products.
- Fruits And Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables provide your chihuahua with a lot of nutrients, as well a fiber, which is ideal for their digestive system and overall health.
Leafy green vegetables are more preferred. Good examples include kale and spinach. Additionally, starchy vegetables (and legumes), such as pumpkin and sweet potato are good for digestive health and underweight chihuahuas. Make sure you cook them well. If your chihuahua is a bit overnight, then don’t feed them huge amounts of starchy vegetables or legumes.
Homemade Food For Chihuahua With Food Allergies
Finding a good-quality dog for a chihuahua with food allergies can be difficult. Commercial dog foods can contain ingredients that your chihuahua is allergic to.
One of the best dog foods that I personally use, though, is Royal Canin Canine Hypoallergenic Hydrolyzed Protein Dry – Small Breed as it really works even when my dog is on a diet or has any food disorder.
Feeding your chihuahua a natural diet can help eliminate certain triggers that make your dog unwell. Most dogs with food allergies are intolerant to chicken, wheat, beef, and dairy products. If you are not certain what ingredients your chihuahua is allergic to, then all of these foods are best avoided until you figure out what is making your dog unwell.
When you are making a natural homemade diet for a chihuahua with food allergies, choose a protein that your dog might not have eaten before, such as rabbit, lamb, or salmon. You should then mix that protein with leafy green vegetables like broccoli, kale, and spinach.
Homemade Chihuahua Food Recipes
A balanced homemade diet for a chihuahua can be extremely beneficial as you can use high-quality ingredients and meat, reduce allergy triggers, as well as regulate the amount of fillers and grains your chihuahua consumes.
A balanced homemade diet will also contain no artificial colors, preventatives, flavors, or nasty chemicals, as you will be able to pick what goes into the food!
Your chihuahua will enjoy the taste of a balanced homemade diet, and you might save a few pennies in the process! Here are a couple of homemade recipe ideas you could try for your chihuahua!
Balanced Homemade Diet For Chihuahuas
- 1 apple (chopped)
- ½ cup peas
- ½ cup corn
- ½ cup carrots (chopped)
- >1 cup dry brown rice
- 1 egg
- 2 lbs. boneless/skinless chicken
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Boil/poach the chicken until it can be shredded with a fork and then shred it.
Steam the peas, carrots, and corn. Cook the rice based on the manufacturer’s instructions. Next scramble the egg. You can leave the shells on as they are full of calcium.
Next, mix the sliced apple, cooked egg, and shredded chicken in a bowl. Mix the cooked vegetables and rice in a separate bowl.
In a greased pan, place ½ of the chicken mixture into it, then layer 2/3 of the vegetable mixture, ½ of the chicken mixture, and 1/3 of the vegetable mixture.
You can then bake the mixture in the oven for around 30 minutes.
When this homemade dog for chihuahuas is cooked, leave it to cool before serving it to your dog. Around ¼ cup of this homemade dog food for every 10 lbs. of body weight is a good portion size.
You should feed this homemade dog for chihuahuas twice a day. It can be stored for up to 5 days in a fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer (in a well-sealed container).
Turkey and Flax Seeds Homemade Recipe
This doggy meatloaf recipe from The Dog Bakery is a great homemade meal to serve your chihuahua.
- 2 eggs
- 2lbs of ground beef or turkey
- 3 quarter cups of grated veggies (your choice!)
- 1 ½ cups of old-fashioned oat meal
- Ground flax seeds
- ½ cup of cottage cheese
Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients together and place into a loaf pan. Put pan into the oven for 1 hour.
Eggs and Fish Recipe
This simple recipe makes a healthy homemade dog food for your chihuahua.
- 1 hard-boiled egg
- 1 tbsp fish oil
- 1 cup ground meat
- Â¼ cup liver (chicken or beef)
- Â¼ cup vegetables (like zucchini, spinach, carrots)
- Â½ cup cooked rice
Method: Cook the ground meat thoroughly, then mix in the boiled egg, vegetables, and liver. Cook until the vegetables are no longer raw. Add in the fish oil and cooked rice, then serve!
Chihuahua Stew Recipe
The Chihuahua Stew recipe from Chihuahua Rescue Victoria is another great homemade food for your chihuahua. You can use any vegetables you prefer in the recipe, but refrain from using onion, potato, and garlic. If your chihuahua is intolerant to grains, then replace the pasta and rice in the ingredients with (2 x 500-gram bags) buckwheat.
- 1/2kg chopped beef
- 1/2 minced beef
- 2 cups of pasta (any type) and water to cover it
- 2 cups of chopped pumpkin or sweet potato (could also use both)
- 1 cup of rice
- 1 x 125gram tin of sardines in oil
- 3 carrots (chopped)
- ¼ small pineapple (chopped)
- 2 stick of celery (chopped)
- 1 egg (not mandatory)
- ¼ cup green beans
- ¼ cup broccoli
- Chop up the celery, carrots, green beans, broccoli, and pineapple. You don’t have to be too precise or cut them too small.
- Place the celery, carrots, green beans, broccoli, and pineapple into a blender with the sardines.
- Blend them together for a small amount of time until they are roughly chopped. Don’t overdo this as you don’t want a fine paste.
- Chop the pumpkin and sweet potato. Blend them together for a short amount of time. Again, you don’t want a fine paste.
- Place the beef, pasta, pumpkin, and sweet potato in a large pot with enough water to cover them. Cook them until the water begins to boil.
- If you are using egg, use a fork to break up the yolk and whites.
- Once the mixture has begun to boil, you can add in the rice.
- If you are using egg, you can add it in now.
- Keep the mixture on a low boil until it has thickened and the rice is nearly cooked.
- Next, turn off the heat and add in the sardines and raw vegetables and pineapple you chopped and blended earlier.
- Let the mixture cool down before you place it in the fridge or freezer (or feed to your chihuahua).
This stew can be kept for up to three days in the fridge and up to a month in the freezer. A good portion size is ¼ of stew for chihuahuas on the smaller size and up to a cup for larger chihuahuas.
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Feeding your chihuahua a homemade diet is a great option if they suffer from food allergies or if you’re not keen on commercial dog food and the ingredients used in them. Making your own dog food is one of the best ways to ensure your chihuahua does not consume unnecessary or unhealthy ingredients as you control exactly what goes into your chihuahua’s food.
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