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Dog Food For Chihuahuas

The ultimate pocket rocket, Chihuahuas need proper nutrition to fuel their daily adventures.

The perfect Chihuahua dog food is high in human-grade protein, well balanced and packed full of anti-inflammatory properties to protect their joints throughout life.

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Scratch has helped hundreds of Chihuahuas thrive thanks to:

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Nourishing vitamins, minerals and supplements for joint wellbeing

Breeds like Chihuahuas need special protection to prevent & protect from joint conditions. Every Scratch recipe is packed full of essential vitamins and minerals to keep joints & bones healthy long into the golden years.

Kick joint protection up a notch by choosing the Kangaroo recipe – with added glucosamine, chondroitin supplements and hydrolysed collagen, all to nourish joint health.

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A tailored feeding guide for the perfect weight

You don’t need Weight Watchers to help your woofer keep in great shape – all 3 Scratch recipes are high-protein, low in carbs and low in starch so your dog’s food doesn’t convert to fat and raise insulin levels.

Our calculator will whip up a personalised dog food for Chihuahuas – whether they need to lose, gain or maintain their weight.

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Using low-inflammation food without all the processing

Why do so many modern Chihuahua’s suffer from skin & stomach issues? Cheap, powdered and over-processed ingredients are a common culprit. ‘Pet food meat’ is used in nearly every dog food out there, and is typically the lowest quality option (often with more bone and carcass than meat and organs).

Scratch uses meat from the human food supply chain and tops off each recipe with healthy oils for a resilient gut, shiny coat and tough immune system.

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Chihuahuas should eat premium grub that focuses on gut health, and caters to their special dietary needs

Your dog’s food should be doing more than keeping them alive. It should be sustaining them with top-quality ingredients, cutting out filler and enriching their health with wholefoods.

Dry food, wet food, freshly prepared or home-cooked, most of the dog food brands out there miss the mark.

✅ Scratch is formulated by master qualified nutritionists to meet all the nutritional requirements Chihuahuas need, as set out in the AAFCO guidelines

✅ Each recipe is chockfull of premium, human-grade meat and real veggies (not powdered crap)

✅ Sustain your Chihuahua all day with low-GI energy sources… rather than burning and crashing

Freshly made, low-processed kibble that’s actually good for your dog

The majority of Aussie dogs eat dry dog food (or kibble) as part or all of their diet, but it turns out that a lot of it isn’t doing old mate any good.

Not because dry dog food is bad – that’s just the way it’s prepared – but because big dog food companies often do things on the cheap, using high GI ingredients, straight in/straight out fillers, and very little actual meat (plus additives so it lasts longer on supermarket shelves). Eaten regularly, this gets your woofer’s body out of whack and can cause short-term upset and long-term illness.

Scratch puts better ingredients in, and you get a healthier dog out. Pretty simple but business gets in the way. So, is dry dog food bad? No – much of it is but Scratch is the dry dog food should be.

 

Read more about our kibble philosophy

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Why kibble vs. raw food, chilled food or freeze-dried food?

Dry dog food for Chihuahuas is the most convenient, preserved by dehydration and receives a quick temperature kill-step to ensure all microorganisms are eliminated.

Dry food has a reputation for being less tasty than other chilled or raw options. Scratch dogs disagree with that – but with our moneyback guarantee on your first box, there’s no need to stress about wasted money. Cha-ching.

Compare Scratch to:

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Raw food

Raw food diets are great as they have no processing, but it can be hard to get a complete and balanced diet from raw food alone. It also has other drawbacks like being fresh only for a few days, potential microorganisms such as e-coli, salmonella etc. Cooked protein is also easier to digest than raw.

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Wet food

Wet dog food is processed at a high temperature for a long period while sealed to ensure that all micro-organisms are killed. It generally tastes great but contains mostly water and a lot of gelling agents to make the gravy. The term ‘what goes in comes out’ applies well to wet food, and can be the culprit for less-than-ideal number 2s.

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Freeze-dried food

Freeze-dried grub is generally higher quality than a lot of the dog food out there, but comes with its own drawbacks. Freeze-drying alone isn’t an effective way to kill all pathogens, so carries similar risks to raw. It’s also crazy expensive.

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Or chilled food?

Like dry dog food, chilled dog food has the kill step to eradicate pathogens. It has a short shelf life and is often treated with a lot of preservatives to last the time from factory to home.

3 damn good recipes, all 100% suitable for Chihuahuas

Turkey, Beef & Lamb

From $80 PER 8kg

Our most popular option for dogs of all ages - even large breed pups.

Sensitive Kangaroo

From $91 PER 8kg

For any woofer that can't seem to shake tummy, skin or joint issues.

Pasture-raised Lamb

From $89 PER 8kg

Clean, mean recipe full of hypoallergenic lamb and some nutritious ancient whole-grains. Great for very active dogs.

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Is Scratch kibble the right size for my Chihuahua?

Feeding tiny dogs can be tricky. All three Scratch recipes are classed as medium sized, and range from 10-14mm. On a scale, our Turkey, Lamb & Beef recipe is the largest. Our Kangaroo recipe is the smallest. And our Lamb recipe sits somewhere inbetween!

Most Chi’s eating Scratch don’t struggle with the size. If your dog is a bit particular, you can try soaking their grub with warm water before feeding. This adds a little mush to their meal and can help fussier dogs get to digging in. 💦

 

Still not sure? Grab a sample!

Scratch has what your Chihuahua puppy needs to thrive

Growing up is tough work. All three of our recipes are 100% nutritionally complete for Chihuahua puppies. A healthy Chihuahua dog food needs to contain:

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Sustainable energy

Small-breed puppies grow really quickly during the first six months, so Scratch is packed full of healthy energy sources to support them.

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Smart pups

Tons of DHA for brain development

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High-protein

Stacks of human-grade, premium animal protein (at least 24%).

…And keeps senior Chihuahuas going long into the golden years

All three of our recipes are suitable dog food for Chihuahua’s into their adult years, and packed full of features your senior will benefit from, including:

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Gut and immune boosting ingredients

Help fight infection, deal with stress and protect from cancers later in life.

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Special additives for longterm health

Our grain-free kangaroo recipe even includes Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Collagen for extra joint support.

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A tailored feeding guide

Being overweight isn’t ideal at any age. Take out the guesswork with a diet plan, personalised to your Chihuahua.

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Don’t just take our word for it!

They’re just good people.

Our dog disapproves of a lot of things, including the birds who chirp in our driveway, the wind, and the sound of sticky tape being taken off the reel, but he loves Scratch. Never had any issues; we use it for his dinner every night and for treats throughout the day. He also loves Scratch’s beef jerky.

In addition, he approves of supporting an Australian company who are transparent about ingredients and promote ethical practices, as well as the fact that they utilise an easy-to-use subscription system, and they’re just generally great people. He’s a very good boy, really.

Billy immediately loved Scratch!

Billy is reasonably fussy when it comes to food and he would take his time eating other food we’d bought him, but he immediately loved Scratch. I think a big plus is that its physically smaller than other foods, so its less effort for his teeny mouth to breakdown (he’s a bit precious – we’re working on it). Its nice knowing we have a stash that will last him a while as he doesn’t eat much, and the reason we moved over to it was for ethical reasons, so we’re very glad he’s into it.

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