i have a two year old daschound. he is 7 pounds overweight. he takes regular walks, plays in the backyard and only eats human food. will not go near a can of dog food when we open it. he eats, chicken, beef, pork, lots of vegetables, rice, and only certain kind of dog treats. yesterday, we went to a barbique party, the childern over exhausted him with playing fetch. after an hour or so, when he finaly relaxed, some children came to bother him, and he colapsed, his head just fell and he was not able to move with his front two paws. he also started to shake as if having a seizure. after cooling him down with ice water and laying him in an airconditioned car, he bacame alert, which took about 10 - 15 min to calm him down. we then took him to a animal hospital where the vet told us that she is concerned about his diet, and due to his overweightness he had heat exhaustion. we have started dog food training but with no success. he has not eaten anything in two days. no more human food for him, but we need some help as to how to teach him to eat his own food. please help if you have similar or same situation with feeding. thank you.
You can cook for your dog, just learn how to do it properly and give him ONLY the amount he needs. Diets don't work for humans or dogs! LOL Find out what he needs to get daily and that's all you should be giving him. There are tons of websites on home cooked meals for dogs, do a search.
If you don't get the weight off you are slowly killing him and you could cause him to have pancreatitis, which is expensive to treat.
7 lbs overweight is a huge amount for a dog as small as a dachshund to be overweight. I'm not sure what she weighs but I can easily see that that'd be like 25% or more of her total body weight that's over.
Most dachshunds are total chow hounds, you can just hold out, if you do give in then your dog will learn that if she holds out long enough, you will give her the food she wants and make it even worse down the road. I'd personally probably hold out, but then I've never had a dog as fixated on human food as yours. How did you get on that diet of human food, and did you make any effort to balance the diet or just give her whatever she wanted? Home-made dog food diets are possible, but it is absolutely vital that the diet be balanced and nutritious, carefully measured proportions. Not just whatever is available to feed at the time.
Has the dog literally not eaten a single thing in 2 days? Or just nibbled? Adding a little bit of sugar to her water may be appropriate for now. Also you mentioned the dog eating vegetables. See if she will eat a few raw baby carrots or sugar snap beans, those are low calorie foods that are healthy.
We are going to try Merrick dog food, thanks for the tip. How do we train him to start liking dog food again? My husband says to give him food in the morning for 1/2 hr. which he did, the dog smelled it and then left, he knew the food was there, after 1/2 hr. my husband took the food away. he will do the same thing this evening, again for 1/2 hr. you think that is a good way of training? any other suggestions or opinions?
well, we just had two unsuccessful feedings. he smells his dish, and then walks away. i dont want him to go hungry, but we just dont want to cave in and give up on dog food training. do you think that by day two he will eat just a little bit of what we have started giving him. i know he is spoiled and wants boiled chicken, rice and broccoli. but our vet says no more human food, and to start giving him 2/3 of his normal portion to make him loose weight.