I GOT MY DOG FROM SOMEONE WHO COMPLETELY NEGLECTED HER. FEEDING HER DOLLAR STORE BRAND DOG FOOD OR BURGERS FROM MCDONALDS, BEATING HER IF SHE POOPED OR PEEPED(NEVER RECALLED SEEING THEM TAKE THE DOG OUT EITHER!) ANYWAYS, WHEN WE GOT HER BACK IN AUGUST SHE PROBABLY WEIGHED ABOUT 9LBS(RIBS PROTRUDING). I WAS DISGUSTED AND DECIDED TO gET HER SOME PURINA PUPPY CHOW. aFTER 3 MONTHS. SHE HAD PUT ON 6 POUNDS. I WANTED TO REMOVE HER FROM THE PUPPY FOOD AND ACCIDENTALLY BOUGHT ANOTHER BAG. I MEANT TO BRING THE BAG BACK, BUT MY BOYFRIEND OPENED THE BAG AND HAD FED HER. I DECIDED TO FINISH THE BAG BUT NOW SHE IS A WHOPPING 20 POUNDS!! THE ONLY TREATS SHE GETS IS AFTER SHE POOPS.(WHICH RANGES FROM2-3 A DAY). SHE GETS FED NOW TWICE A DAY. WITH 1/2 CUP OF DRY DOG FOOD(DOG CHOW) AND 1/4 CUP OF WET FOOD. TWICE DAILY! IS THIS OKAY? I MEAN SHE IS HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME JUMPING ONTO THE BED(SHE ALWAYS FALLS OFF) AND I AM EXTREMELY WORRIED. HER VET HAD SAID TO ONLY FEED HER ONCE DAILY! IS THIS OK? SHE ALREADY HAS AGGRESSIVE FOOD ISSUES(ESPECIALLY WITH TREATS! SHELL TAKE YOUR HAND OFF IF YOU ARENT DAD!)SHE IS 16MONTHS OLD! I TAKE HER FOR A WALK EACH NIGHT. TWO BLOCKS AND I JUST MOVED HER UP TO THREE BLOCKS THIS WEEK! HELP I WANT WHATS BEST FOR HER! I HEARD THAT GIVING HER CARROT STICKS AND GREENBEANS(FRESH) ARE GOOD INSTEAD OF REGULAR DOG TREATS!! LUV MY PUP!!!!!!
first... don't post in all caps, it's against the rules and considered rude in online communities, as its the written equivalent to screaming your head off.
What food are you feeding her now? Dry and wet? Purina dog chow and what canned food? And what treats? Have you considered giving her kibbles of her dog food as treat, this can cut out extra calories, as some treats are high in sugar and fat.
If I read correctly, you are feeding her 1 1/2 cups of food total a day, 1 cup of dry, and 1/2 cup of wet?
This seems like a lot of food to me for a dog that size. You can cut out the wet food (it's mostly water anyway). You may also want to consider moving to a real high quality dog food, some suggestions are Canidae, Solid Gold, Innova, Natural Balance, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, and Wellness, to name a few. You can google the names of any of those dog foods (google 'solid gold dog food' ) to get information on where to buy the foods. These foods are more filling, cause less poop, and are better/more natural for your dog.
Or you can cut back her dry food from 1/2 a cup of dry at eash feeding, to 1/2 at th emorning feeding, and 1/3 at the evening feeding. Or even 1/4 at the even ing feeding. Either way the food amount would be reduced. Exercise helps of course too! When she starts getting to a healthy weight you know you're feeding her the right amount.
Getting Purina is no better food than the dollar store brand. It's just a bigger name. Check out http://www.dogfoodproject.com/ on how to choose a good food. Feed less and exercise more. It will take a while.
Purina doesn't make a food worth feeding IMO. The food you are feeding her is full of corn, artificial dyes & preservatives, fillers by-products & more junk.
How could you have possibly not noticed she was gaining that much weight.
Yes, you can mix FRESH green beans in with her kibble for volume with no calories. Canned food is really crap unless you are getting a premium quality. She doesn't need canned. Start mixing some yogurt in with her food
Apple slices & baby carrots for treats. Make sure if you feed in the morning you give her a snack at bedtime or her glucose levels could drop low enough to cause seizures during the night.
Can't you make a set of steps for her to get on the bed? Or better yet don't allow her up there. She could easily break a leg falling off.
***Edited By: suebgone on 12/19/2006 1:32:37 AM*** Reason: add to
thanks to each of you for your advice! i appreciate it! I want to say her last 6 pounds came on since right around thanksgiving. i was watching my parents 3 dogs and my brothers one dog while they were on vacation for 3 weeks. She kept stealing their food. Not to mention when my family returned my father would feed her a bag, A BAG of treats, while my boyfriends mother would give her a handful of cereal a day to get my pooch to come to her and like her. to both we have reprimanded repeatedly.
We pick her up to put her on the bed, which is about just above my knee(I am 5/3") but she is so hyper that when she gets excited she runs room to room on the bed off the bed, on the couch off the couch and continuously jumps as high as an average table to get up to you and when you reach for her she runs like heck. LOL. We also have a difficult living situation. i sleep at night work daily, her daddy works nights sleeps daily. He keeps her active by throwing balls & toys around keeping her running for a while until he goes to bed. We both feel bad, we each work a half hours ride from home making it tough to get out in the light(no excuse either) well i must go to walk her. I will start her diet first thing tomorrow!!
***Edited By: MOMOFSASHA on 12/19/2006 7:17:46 PM*** Reason: corrected language