The element of having all chemical preservatives, artificial coloring and artificial flavoring eliminated from a Chihuahua's food is beneficial to his health. These compounds can cause
allergy issues with canines, ranging from stomach distress to skin issues. Wholesome foods, by far, are better than processed foods.
However, this can be achieved by offering homemade recipes that include cooked meat and excludes bones and raw eggs; thus removing some of the risks of raw food diets. As with any feeding plan, however, offering a full & complete vitamin and mineral supplement is recommended.
Offering washed raw vegetables to a Chihuahua is considered safe, although most puppies and dogs do best with cooked veggies. Steamed cooking methods allow most of the nutrients to be retained. Baby carrots are one exception; many Chihuahua will love to have these raw carrots for healthy snacks.
The chance of your Chihuahua getting sick from Salmonella or other bacteria when eating a raw food diet is a real risk. Not all dogs will actually show troubling symptoms (though it will still be shed in the stools and can be transferred to owners that way); however a good percentage of Chihuahuas will become ill if this is present in raw meats.
Signs include: fever, lethargy, diarrhea, dehydration, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, swollen lymph nodes. It can also lead to weight loss and skin disease.
In addition, a strictly raw-only diet of uncooked meats, ground bones and vegetables can lead to malnourishment or nutritional imbalances such as high levels of fat ingestion and/or a lack of proper vitamins and minerals. Chewing
on bones can cause damage to the teeth and internal blockage and/or injury.
Those that choose to go this route need to make a commitment in regard to both time and effort. In regard to convenience, prepackaged dog food is the far easier choice… And in regard to safety, while there have been a few dog food recalls over the years, bacteria in raw meat is far more rampant.
If you are feeding your Chihuahua a high quality dog food, are being careful to offer healthy snacks and your Chihuahua is thriving on his/her diet, there is no reason to switch to a raw food diet. The hype regarding this is high, yet solid proof of health benefits are lacking.