Merphy is currently 21.6 lbs, and should be around 16 or 17 lbs at the most. He now has trouble rolling over, and looks like a balloon. So, he's on a diet.
He is on Innova, and as soon as this bag is through, I will be putting him on Innova EVO (I thought that was what I was buying, but apparently not). Before I was leaving his food out all day, but didn't really think he was eating much. Since there are two dogs in the house, its hard to tell.
I have now started feeding him twice a day. He gets a 1/2 cup of dry food in the morning with some Dream Coat sprinkled over it. In the evening, I give him about a 1/4 cup of dry and mix some shredded carrots in with his food. He'll usually eat all of the carrots and leave some of the food. I'm thinking of doing the 1/4 cup of dry and 1/4 of veggies in the morning too. But now my concern is whether or not he is getting enough nutrients from the dry food (I've thrown the bag out, but I think he's supposed to get 3/4 to 1 cup for his size). I called the vet, and all they said was to cut back his food by 1/3 for two months and see if he loses anything. Being that I don't know how much he ate before, I don't know how much to cut out.
He's also gotten a drastic reduction in his treat intake. Before my dad would give him treats left and right, as well as feed him whatever he was eating (grrrrr, I've asked him over and over not to do that). But, the vet said he is showing beginning signs of pancreatitis, so that has scared my dad, so he's stopped as far as I can tell. So now my dad is allowed to give him one LEAN treat per day, and two little tiny gingerbread man cookies at night (which he hasn't been doing the past few nights). Then he gets one tiny treat at night when he goes potty before bed, and then a milkbone. Once the milkbones are gone, I will be making him some low calorie treats from this cookbook I got.
We're also getting back on track walking everyday. And the other day we went hiking and he did great.
So, is this sufficient for a dog his size? And how long should I expect it to take for him to lose about 5 lbs?
Hi Heather, Sampson weighs about 21 pounds now too! My vet wasn't at all concerned, in fact he said he was fine right where he is. HOWEVER my husband calls him "fat boy" to which I defend my baby and remind hubby that Sam is a lhasa and therefore, "barrel chested" he's SUPPOSED to be round. Okay, okay, I do think he could lose a few pounds and be perfecty healthy. My question...the beginning stages o pancreatitus? What signs is Murphey showing? As far as food, my dogs get their food in the morning and that's that. They each get about 3/4 of a cup. The other four dogs look perfectly fine weight wise even though I dont think Sampson is eating more than they are. Baxter and Sophia both weigh in at about 13-14 pounds, Piper weighs about 10 pounds (and she's my 6 month old lhasa) and Todd...about 6-7 pounds I'd say. I've been thinking Sam may need more exercise myself. ANYWAY it does sound like Merphey is getting enough to eat. Does he act hungry when he's out of food?
Kristen, Merphy throws up a lot. He'll go outside and eat grass to make himself throw up. I thought he was just throwing temper tantrums, but doesn't seem to be the case. She was also concerned about his diet, not what I feed him, but what my DAD feeds him...Cheetos, Wheat Thins, KFC, whatever he's eating and he eats horribly! So, the vet said that the vomiting and lethargy, along with a high fat diet, could be developing stages of pancreatitis. Of course, to scare my dad, I said IT IS the developing stages of pancreatitis. It worked!
Before when people would call him fat I would also defend him by saying that "he's fluffy, that's not fat, it's fluff!" I can't use that excuse for him anymore. It's obviously fat. His body resembles a watermelon, and there is no waistline! When the behaviorist came over last week, his first words were "that boy needs to lose some weight!"
I'll have to ask how much he eats in the morning (my dad exaggerates a lot, so its hard to get a straight answer from him) since my dad feeds him, not me. I figure he's getting enough actual food, but my concern is the nutirents. But, since he's getting at least half a cup of dry food, and another 1/2 cup of veggies, that should be enough, right?