How To Care For Your Newborn Chihuahua [All You Need To Know!]

If you have just welcomed a Chihuahua into the world, congratulations! If this is your first time being a dog owner, welcome to the wonderful world of having a tiny, slobbery animal that looks to you for their every need. Creating a good environment and caring routine with your new pup is vital to their health and well-being, so let’s get started!

There are many aspects on how to get your newborn chihuahua taken care of. The most essential areas are their diet, living conditions, and routine care.

In this article, we will discuss what to feed your newborn chihuahua, how to provide the best living conditions, and how to maintain a strict, yet loving, care routine.

Your newborn chihuahua’s diet

Your newborn chihuahua's diet

Newborn chihuahuas have very fragile stomachs and digestive systems. Their immune system have not yet matured which makes them very susceptible to diseases. It is therefore crucial that you maintain a strict diet with them so as to ensure that their health is not compromised.

The mother’s breastmilk is the most nutritious thing for your chihuahua pup. Like their human counterparts who started out breastfeeding from their mother, chihuahuas could also greatly benefit from consuming their mother’s milk. It is therefore advisable that you let the mother care for her own pup, providing you step in only when absolutely necessary.

The mother will feed your newborn chihuahua by producing milk from their mammary glands which contains all the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals your pup needs such as

  • Carbohydrates that provide them with their energy
  • Calcium for strong teeth and bones
  • Iron to maintain blood flow
  • Vitamin A to boost their infection-fighting immune system
  • Protein for muscle growth and development
  • Fat for calorie storage
  • Water for hydration

In terms of hydration, breastmilk could also be served as water to your newborn chihuahua. Breastmilk is approximately 87-90% water which could save you from needing to manually hydrate them with a water bottle after every meal.

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Breastmilk also protects your newborn chihuahua from bacteria by creating an acidic environment within their stomach which kills harmful microorganisms.

What if the mother isn’t available or refuses to care for her pups?

If the mother is unable or refuses to care for her own pup, don’t worry! There is another way on how to provide your newborn chihuahua with proper nutrition.

You may opt to bottle-feed them yourself or use a syringe without the needles if bottles aren’t available. Make sure to purchase milk replacement formula that is specially made for newborn pups. It would be wise to consult your vet to ensure that you are feeding them the right thing.

The proper living conditions for your chihuahua

The proper living conditions for your chihuahua

Since the newborn chihuahuas should not be separated from their mother, you should provide them with a comfortable nesting box where they could stay in until they are ready to venture outside.

Nest boxes for newborn chihuahuas should contain clean, dry towels or clothes that will keep them and their mother warm.

You should put this nesting box in a quiet, low-traffic area of your home where the pups would be able to nurse in peace such a shed on your backyard. The steps of people may disturb the mother from getting a proper rest and therefore could end up stressing out both her and the pups. It is also important to keep the nesting box out of foreign objects as your chihuahuas may end up getting into things they shouldn’t.

It is important to keep the chihuahuas warm at all times. You should check on them every now and then to ensure that they are not too hot or cold. If the mother fails to provide enough body heat for her pups, you may opt to use a heating pad that could be set beneath their nesting box or a lamp with a low wattage.

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It is also important to keep your home free from household chemicals, cigarette smoke, and other harmful substances that you may be using in your house. These toxins could harm your newborn chihuahua’s sensitive breathing system which could result in unwanted side effects.

They should also have plenty of water available for them since their mother’s milk could sometimes dry out very quickly.

Routine Check!

Routine Check!

It is important that you take care of your newborns properly and in a routine manner. You should always make sure that they are fed, warm, uninjured at all times since they are still very fragile little pups.

Even though their mother would take care of most of your newborn chihuahuas needs, you still have the duty to provide them with their basic needs and keep an eye out on the things that might put them in harm’s way.

During the morning, noon and night, make sure to clean their nesting box and remove any waste and other foreign objects they may have gotten into their nesting box. This will eliminate the risk of any infection or sickness.

It is very important that you keep a record of when your chihuahuas are feeding to ensure that you (if the mother isn’t available) or their mother are not overfeeding or underfeeding them. Overfeeding your newborns could result in diarrhea and other digestive problems while underfeeding could very well result in malnutrition.

During the night, you should keep them warm and near their mother since nights tend to get cold very easily. Provide them with warm blankets and again, you could always use a heating pad or a lamp to keep them warm.

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Moreover, remember to routinely check if your little chihuahua for any injuries because they tend to get too close to their mother and might accidentally injure them while scratching her face, licking them clean, or playfully jumping over them.

You should also weigh your chihuahuas routinely day to day to check if they are growing properly. Their weight should double over ten days after their birth. If you notice that your newborn chihuahua is not getting some weight over the days, it might be a good idea to go ahead and take them to a veterinarian.

In such cases, the vet may prescribe some supplements to help your chihuahuas grow stronger and get the nutrients they need.

Final Words

In conclusion, caring for a newborn chihuahua is not as hard as you might think. If the mother is available, then you could let her do most of the things such as feeding them and keeping them warm. If the mother is not available, then you should keep a routine as mentioned above.

Always remember that you’re the one who knows better so it is important to always keep an eye out for them and do things the things they cannot do when necessary such as cleaning up after them and keeping the environment safe for them.

Remember to take good care of your newborns and you’ll have a very happy chihuahua in no time!

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