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chihuahua: 3 1/2 months old and weighs 1 1/2 eat anything

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I have a male chihuahua who is 3 1/2 months old and weighs 1 1/2 pounds. I cannot get this puppy to eat anything, and then of course he has a blood sugar drop and we end up in the vets office. One day, he was unconscious and cold, and had no bloodpressure. Day before yesterday, he had his third episode. The vet has me giving him Hill's Prescription diet a/d for 10 days and in the meantime, I'm supposed to try and reintroduce slowly regular dog foods. I have tried every dog food I can find. I've tried Iams, Royal Canine, BilJack, Science Diet, Eukanuba (these were all dry foods), and I've tried Science diet canned and Iams canned. His last episode, his blood sugar dropped to 37. I'm scared to leave him alone, and I worry about him all the time. Any suggestions on what other foods he might like? My vet gave me some vitamins for him too, and said that hopefully in a couple of weeks when he gets a little more weight on him, this will stop. All his tests are normal, he just won't eat. Help, I'm running out of options. Thank you
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

I would suggest that you purchase a high quality dry food in small bites that you can leave out all the time. These little dogs usually won't eat it unless it's in small bites. Iams is great and I like eukanuba. Just be sure that it's small bites. Leave a few tablespoons out for him all the time and "free feed." He might only eat a few bites each day but it's there if he wants it. I would then offer him a quality canned food twice a day. Leave it out for 30 minutes and then take it back up. If he does not eat it, start again with the next feeding. Don't leave it out for more than 30 minutes.

With these little dogs, you can never give them treats or table food until they get a little older. If you ever give it, they will wait for it and won't eat until they get it.

These little dogs will win out because of the low blood sugar problems if you let them. You can somewhat combat this by giving the dog neutracal a few times a day. It's a paste that is loaded with vitamins and keep his blood sugar up.

As he gets a little older, you can be a little more free with his food. You just need to get him through this rough spot.

I hope this helps!

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