There are several reasons that ZiwiPeak is great not just for Nymphadora, but for any small, toy or teacup dog. When I first got Nymphadora, I did some research into chihuahuas. There were a few things that I found that were of concern for almost all of small dog breeds.
First off is the most troubling, hypoglycemia. So many small dogs (especially chihuahuas) are prone to hypoglycemia. Although the first thing people usually think of when they think of chihuahuas is their shaking, it really is not natural for any living being to shake. Feeding your dog several smaller meals a day will help keep your dog from shaking. I have found that free feeding your dog does not always work. A dog will eat if they are hungry enough, but if they are distracted by petting or other attention or activity, they will delay eating. This causes a drop in blood sugar that is not healthy. Also dog food that contains high levels of carbs (usually things like grains) cannot help regulate your dog’s blood sugar. Why we love ZiwiPeak for handling our blood sugar: ZiwiPeak is a natural dog food that is naturally low in carbs. It is also very easy to portion. Nymphadora (a teacup chihuahua) eats approximately 10 pieces per meal, and usually 6-7 times a day.
Second concern was about her teeth. Small dogs have small mouths, gums and teeth. Even dog food marketed for small dogs can be difficult for small dogs to chew, especially dry. Smaller dogs can sometimes have crowded teeth, their baby teeth do not always fall out before their adult teeth start to erupt, causing difficulty with chewing. Why we love ZiwiPeak for our tiny teeth: Air dried ZiwiPeak is easy to chew. Unlike jerky made for humans, there is no endless chewing. It is also easy to digest.
Although I am listing this third, it is also a main concern for small dogs. Weight management. Many small, toy or teacup breeds have joint issues. Extra weight can cause irreparable damage to a dog’s hip and knee joints. A few extra ounces may not seem like a lot, but the daily wear and tear of carrying those ounces can have devastating consequences for your companion. While knee and hip replacement is fairly common in humans, it is still in relative infancy for your dog. Why we love ZiwiPeak for our healthy weight: It has everything we need, but nothing we do not.
And why are we literally flipping for ZiwiPeak now? Because now ZiwiPeak comes in a small dog sized 16 ounce bag that is perfect for Nymphadora. With this new sized bag, the chances of the pieces being unbroken is much higher than before. Each time we handled the bag some pieces would break and when we finally got to the bottom (almost 2 months later with the 5.5 bag) there were quite a few crumbs. Nymphadora still enjoyed the crumbs, but it makes portioning a bit trickier.
Perry & Nymphadora.