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Originally Posted by Kniverix
I own a Chihuahua terrier, sheís 4 years old and has hip issues, and her being well, *cough* obese hasnít helped her, obviously. Weíve been limiting her food, but she often goes over to eat her brotherís food that he leaves and saves for later. Iím starting to take her and her brother on daily walks, but Iím scared it might be detrimental to her hips or joints and/or leave them stiff.
1. How can I help her hips/joints?
2. Tips on her exercise?
3. How can I get her to stop eating her brotherís food without leaving him hungry?
1. The BEST thing you can possibly do for her hips/joints is get the extra weight off of her. My Chi x Dach, Zody, has luxating patella in both knees, and at one point he was fat. His knees hurt him more so he did not want to do much but lay around and on walks he walked, no trotting for fat boy. Now that he's lost the weight and is down to his ideal weight he loves to run and play, he trots on walks. You can also start giving her fish oil, and a joint supplement. The supplement I used Is this one https://www.amazon.com/Response-Cety...or%2Bdogs&th=1
2. Start out slow and build up distance, if you notice her limping the next day take her on a very short walk of 1/2 to 1 block at most that day, and the next day when you take her on her regular walk (if she's no longer limping) do not let her do as much as on the day before. I had an elderly severely arthritic dog who still wanted to run, and I quickly learned that I could only let him run for maybe a block at the most then I had to slow him down, letting him run any further would result in at least a day of limping. We did still walk though, usually 4 or 5 blocks due to his age, he was also blind and got tired easily. Swimming is great if she likest the water, none of mine have.
3. You'll have to feed them on a schedule. When I had Shadow and Jersey they were fed 2x a day and on a schedule. They had around 20 minutes to finish their food, and they were fed apart from each other so no stealing went on. Zody is the only one I have now and since he is fed so little, around 1/2 cup of food and 16 cal worth or treats) a day, I divide the food up and feed him 3 to 4 meals per day. doing that he never really feels hungry, and there's the added benefit that the hunger pukes have stopped. How many meals you choose to feed your 2 is up to you, I'd recommend a minimum of 2 though, so that your boy has at least 2 chances to finish his food.