I have three dogs and love them all very much and am sad to say that my dog middle aged Becky is terribly overweight. I realize that this is a probelm and do not know exactly what to do about it. She is a pug and should weigh around 17 pounds according to the dog books I have read but she is almost 25 pounds of basically rolls of fat. She doesn't exercise of move very much compared to our other dogs and I am worried. She eats so much.. . i'll give it more time I guess any advice would be appriciated.
Oh yeah, she's a chunky pug. It's kind of hard to start the process of weight loss...when you can't even move. But you have to start somewhere, and small. I had an overweight Chihuahua. She hated being outside, and would lay down when I brought her out. But that's how I started. Took her outside and stood there with her, walked around. Eventually she had to start moving. Now she loves going out and runs all over. Talk with your vet. They can give you advice on how to get started. Of course, feed her at certian times of the day, don't leave her food out. No table scraps what so ever. And check into weight managemnt dog food. Try little games like going outsied with her and another person. Have her sit in the other person's lap, then call her to you. Go back and forth like that. Have a toy she likes with you. And obviously do not use treats, lol. It will be a slow process, and she has a long way to go but you have to start somewhere. But for sure talk this over with your vet.
Would you be OK with putting her on a diet? Maybe a 1/4 cup less food each day? Our neighbors did that to their overwieght Aussie after she had her pups (but was still over weight for a year after) and she lost 10 lbs!!!! She is active again.
poor girl she is a chunk! We had a chihuahua that was over weight they checked his thyroid and it wasent that so they put him on a special Diet dog food that I got at the vets office! It really helped Bailey!
Before you start her on a diet please have your vet run a full blood panel to rule out any other medical condition like thyroid disease. If she is perfectly healthy then by all means work on weight management. An obese dog definately needs a good physical exam.
I also have a pug,my son has one too.pugs always think there hungry they never are more then a step or 2 away from someone in the house with food.especially when they look at you with those sad eyes,my pug is never full,I give him carrots in between meals,and my sons pug is the same way they always act like there hungry its just how a pug is.my pug would eat till he threw up if I let him.I know its hard but I would cut down on his food and not give in ,give him veggies in between ,also it wouldn't be a bad idea to bring him in to the vet for a checkup,it's better to put her on a diet then to have all the other health problems that go along with pets being overweight good luck .
My dad has a Rotti who was over weight and what he did was he started feeding him only twice a day (insted of leaving the food out all day and refilling it when it was empty) He gives him 1 1/2 cups morning and night(though it would be much less then this for a pug, maybe about 1/2- 1 cup?? Basically half of what you have been feeding him) Like someone else said no table scraps or treats. (mean but needs to be done for a while) And a little bit of exercise every day. Start off with about 15 minutes of exercise for about the first week. You don't want to over work the dog and give it a hard attack or something. Then gradually increase it. Less food and more exercise will help. And like the others suggested talk to your vet first incase it is linked to a medical problem. Best of luck to both of you :)
The one thing about over feeding is..Youre the one feeding the dog, so your in control of quantity. Dogs are naturally scavengers, so they are opportunists, they will eat to survive. Which for some means all the time if we let them. Take the amount of food in which he should get, according to the weight he should be. Get him out for frequent but short walks in the beginning.Play games in the house. Put the dogs food bowls far away, say in the basement. So he has to travel a ways to eat. Split the small meal into 2, one for am feeding and one for pm. The time you spend with your dog should be interacting with attention and activity, not treat feedings. Treats are simply food to the dog, its only special because were giving it and sometimes is very different from their regular meal. We humans are way to emotional with food. My neice bumps her head and my sister give her a sucker? Huh...A kiss and a band aid would be better.