****Cherry****

My dog is getting fat what do I do?


Asked by ****Cherry**** on Oct 17th 2009 in Food & Nutrition
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Aster

Cut back On its food, give it more exercise, or both. Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You
should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. Each dog is different.
Standard recommendations are a good place to start, but each dog must have its
food and exercise adjusted to its individual needs. Here is a link to a good
illustrated guide, www.longliveyourdog.com


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Dallas

Feed him smaller portions, and only give him two portions of meals a day. For treats there is either one or none a day. Then if that doesn't work visit your vet. Hope it works!

ChLoE :)


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Dahlia

I would offer two suggestions.

1. Feed a grain-free food with higher protein. Diet plays an important part in weight control. Don't feed the dog table scraps.

2. Exercise! Take several short walks a day to build up stamina & muscle mass. Play with your dog, find vigorous games (ie: tug or chase), and build up to longer outings. My dog goes for a short walk in the AM and a trek to the dog park in the afternoon for running & WWF action with her buds.

Good luck!


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Guest

I would add that in a little dog, treats add up. Make sure it's getting plenty of exercise, too.


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Maverick

Start exercising! Start throwing the ball and playing more...going on walks that kind of thing.
Another thing you can do is cut back on her calorie intake. You can either switch to a weight management food or just cut back on her regular food.

Mom suggests looking at your ingredients on the food and feeding one like Nutro Ultra Adult. It has a protein source first: Chicken Meal. It also doesn't have any ground yellow corn, so cherry will be more full and poop less. Also there are no artificial colors or preservitives as well as no chicken by-products which may be found in other foods.

Check it out at:
www.ultraholistic.com


Maverick answered on 10/18/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Jack

I agree with Maverick. Exercise is something that many dogs just don't get enough of.

if your'e sure the issue is just simple weight gain, then adjusting the level of activity your dog gets every day is the easiest way to go. That way, you don't have to change food or anything. Just add an extra walk or an extra half hour of play session to her routine. Then, after a couple of weeks, you should definitely see an improvement.

if not, talk to your vet about her weight gain. Make sure that it doesn't have anything to do with any kind of metabolic disorder or issue and adjust her food or possibly change to a lighter formula.

A word about grain-free food....not all grains are created equal. Grains like corn, for example, aren't great for your dog and are considered an unhealthy filler.

HOWEVER, grains like barley, rice and oatmeal are perfectly healthy and often found in high quality foods.


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Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

Best weight-loss solution for dogs and eat: Less food, more exercise. Or as my dad puts it, "The best diet is to push yourself away from the table."
Forget commercial products that are labeled "weight-loss formula". Waste of money.


Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 10/18/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer