My pug, Bailey, is overweight. I have not changed her diet, but after she was spayed she just started gaining. She is on good quality food. I spoke with my vet about it and he said that she is overweight, but he is not terribly concerned at this point. If she continues to gain it could be a problem. She does not get much exercise because I live in a very hot, humid climate and she cannot tolerate it. She does run up and down the hallway, and around the house. She is able to come and go out in our fenced in back yard as she pleases, however being over 100 degrees at the time she rarely wants to go out. My question is this: A friend of mine told me that I should cut her food in half and supplement it with canned green beans. I have never heard of such a thing and of course I'm not going to ask my vet over the weekend. I'm not sure how important it is as the vet wasn't too worried. Has anyone ever heard of this and what are your opinions on it? Thanks.
It is a common practice, green beans have less sugar then carrots.
However I'd cut her food back slowly. The slower metabolisem is what causes the weight gain, so the dog often needs less food.
However there is a point where the dog is going to feel hungry anyway, and the point of the green beans are as a filler. You can also use squash (not egg plant thou) and pumpkin filling (not pie) to help with this as well.
However, sometimes you can also switch to a lower calorie feed or just cut back a little to see how that will help.
Yep I'm with Icyhound on this one. It takes a lot of calories to maintain those reproductive organs, now that your dog no longer has them but is on the same amount of food, the calories that used to be used to produce hormones and keep the ovaries healthy are now being converted to fat. A lower calorie food or changing out 10 or 20% of her food for greenbeans is a good start.
When my lab needed to lose weight i feed her 1/2 dry kibble and 1/2 frozen mixed veggies, in the morning nd night.
If she cant tolerate going outside cause of the heat and humidity, something that worked great for me was purchasing a laser pointer from petco. I would play with it in the house with her and she would run around like crazy, i would also take her out in the yard at night and play with her and the laser pointer, she would run up and down the yard getting some good exercise.
Thanks guys. I hadn't heard of this and wasn't sure if it was ok. The thing that concerned me was that she really doesn't eat all that much anyway. It would be very difficult to switch foods since I'm feeding 4 dogs, but I think adding the veggies to her food would be doable. Is that a word? It's funny because none of my other dogs gained weight after spay/neuter but I guess they're all different just like people. I appreciate the info.
Its amazing how little they do need to eat. When my rottie had her femural head removed I had to cut her down to two cups of food a day to keep her from being a blob. This is a seventy plus pound dog.
Now shes lean, and I keep her that way so she dosent develop arthritis at four years of age.
A dog that weighs only fifteen or so pounds and has a low activity level, also being fed a very dense nutritional regime does not need a lot of food at all. So what is very little is probably a good bit for her size plus energy level.
my god gina if you only saw the size of the pug that was in our clinic boarding yesterday lol. the thing was huge !!!! i didnt check his chart to see how much he weighed but i would place a safe bet he was at least 30-40 pounds. in agreement with everyone else here =)
mocha my fat pug just topped the scale at 24 pounds. 1-1/4 cups of food per day actually sounds like a lot. mine gets less. the green beans sounds like a good idea. i'm going to try that. i have cut back on his food and he's not happy. mine however can get good exercise rassling with the other dogs. i'd go for fresh. in a pinch frozen would work. have you seen the photos of dogs running on the treadmill.......j/k
***Edited By: pearl on 7/9/2005 8:53:45 PM*** Reason: x
My 40lb dog only eats 1 1/4cups of food to maintain her weight. It is a higher calorie food though.
When I need to get 5 lbs off her I switched to a lower calorie food (it was'nt a diet food just one with less calories than her previous food). I added frozen green beans to her meals, about a small handful and split her meals into 3 small meals per day. This worked well...the excess weight came off quickly.
yep gina i am serious. she eats the two cups of food and a half a can of the merricks . if she would eat without any canned food then i wouldnt even give her that. it is really only to make her eat. she is actually sarting to get chunky now so i may have to cut back a little. but i will wtch erh and see.
I think the brand of food you feed makes a difference too. I have a friend who feeds Canidae (sp?) and her 80lb GSD maintains his weight on 1 1/2 cups a day, compared to Science Diet he ate 3 cups a day. Just goes to show that its more about quality than quantity. Also I think you were right when you said that every dog is different. My mom's boston eats about 1 1/2 cups a day, has been neutered and is a perfect weight, but then he never stops moving except when he's crated during the day. At night he's a ball full of energy. He runs through the house and plays with his toys, entertaining himself! I think he runs the calories off!
Good point gingerspice. The other's are active except for Lady. She has her bursts of energy and then she's tired. But she is very lean. All muscle. I guess I will cut Bailey's food, keep an eye on the others and probably add green beans to all of them so no one feels left out.
I am feeding Maximum nutrition at the moment. Lamb and Rice. I know it's not the best, but isn't bad either. Right now it's what I can afford, they like it and they do well on it.
Scout that just floors me.
Gingerspice, thanks for the pup pal requests. I sent them back. Boo looks funny because I had to resize the pictures. I will do better next time, lol
ok id never argue with fresh fruits or veggies but to trim your dog up your gonna need to give it some more meats.(you can cut overall food but make protein a higher percentage of the daily intake)check your dog food to see if it is corn based.if it is switch to something like nutro maybe.