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I googled this, and can't seem to find any info on how to fix this. A friend of mine has a smaller than normal chihuaha who is around 4 years old. Two years ago, they introduced a new dog to the family, and since then, the smaller dog has been exhibiting signs of stress. She's gaining a lot of weight (8lbs), although she has always been overweight, but she's also been licking her own feet and hiding a lot. Does this sound like anxiety? I dealt with an overweight (very) dog a few years ago who did the same thing, and her vet said that she was suffering from seperation anxiety. This chihuaha has never been an only dog though, she has (still does) live with a senior mini daschoud(sp). I suggested her staying with me for a while, to see if her behaviour improves any. What do you think?
 

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It sounds more like insecurity than anxiety.<br><br><br><br>
How is she gaining so much weight? Do they free-feed?<br><br><br><br>
How often do they walk the Chihuaha? Walking the Chihuaha alongside the new dog would help with both the weight and the insecurity.
 

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They don't get walked, they are let out on a 3 acre yard to run. A dog her size normally weighs around 3lbs, and she is 8 lbs. They don't free feed, the dogs are fed once a day. I think she's really stressed, especially since the oldest dog is her best buddy, and she is close to the end of her life. Are there any herbal remedies that could help her with this?
 

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She needs to be walked.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
ETA: Yes, there are herbal calming medications. I would only use them as a last resort.
 

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Actually, Chi's can weigh anywhere from 2-8lbs and not be overweight depending on their build. It's kind of a scam with many chihuahua breeders, etc. that these dogs must be very, very small. Usually the smaller the chi, the higher the chance the dog will develope health problems.<br><br><br><br>
Weight gain is pretty common with these dogs, too, especially if given too much food and not enough exercise. Healthy weight chi's should have what is called "tuck up". It's an incline between the dog's ribs and it's hindquarters. There shouldn't be a gut on a chi. Stress can also be the reason that she is acting abnormally. Some chihuahuas have trouble getting along with dogs of other breeds as they prefer their own. Maybe she just doesn't get along with the newer dog. Is it much bigger than she is? Is the newer dog an alpha? Chi's seem to think they are bigger in size than they are and are also very protective of their families. Maybe she sees this new dog as a threat? Or she is not getting enough attention now that the new dog is there.<br><br><br><br>
I think I would take her to a vet that is well-read on chi's or a behavioral specialist. She should have blood work done just to rule out any medical issues.
 
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