How to Bottle Feed a Chihuahua Newborn
Keeping in mind that you will need to feed the puppy every 3 hours, you will want to prepare at least two bottles at a time. The formula must be mixed extremely well, having any lumps will not only possibly clog the bottle, but can be hurtful to the dog's digestive system if it gets past the holes in bottle tip and into the puppy.
Some nipples will not have any holes, so that you may make ones necessary for your particular breed of dog. For the Chihuahua, it is recommended to use a sterilized needle to make 3 holes. However, the goal is that once the bottle is shaken and held upside down that only 2 to 3 drops come out. Make 1 hole at a time until you see that this correct amount of milk is coming out.
If too much comes out, your Chihuahua puppy could choke inhaling it, and if not enough comes out, your puppy will swallow air, thus leading to potentially painful stomach gas.
The temperature of the milk should be room temperature. Be sure not to heat the formula up, this can cause great injury to the puppy's mouth and throat.
While you may be tempted to hold the Chihuahua puppy as you would a baby, the dog should be allowed to lay down on its tummy and feed.