i recently adopted a 1 yr old beagle who hadnt missed a meal in quite some time! since i've had him about 3 months now he has lost a healthy amount - from walks, runs and playing in the park. i just hope i'm feeding him right, as i've never owned a beagle before. he seems content with what i give him now, i feed him once at night and leave dry food for him while i'm at work. does this sound about right? just want to make sure he is getting enough after having too much!
How much is he getting? I have a rescue beagle/basset mix and he gets about 1 3/4 -2 cups depending on how much exercise he gets that day (generally we walk about 4 miles and he gets 2 cups, but there are days we *meaning me* are lazy and only go a mile or so). He is a 3.5 year old that I've had for 2 years and he has maintained a healthy weight the entire time...well actually he came to me at 17 lbs when he should have been 35ish because his previous owners starved him, but ever since he gained his weight back, he has maintained.
And is he still overweight or is he at his ideal weight now? Good for you for helping him lose the weight...I work in a rescue and see sooooo many hefty beagles come in...it's almost sad how such an active breed can be reduced to a couch potato when they are feed too much. :)
i feed him about 2 cups and should walk him longer than i do. but i let him run around in the park so his miles add up to more than mine! he is at a good weight now, one that would be healthy to maintain i suppose. thanks for the advice, i will never allow my buddy to become a couch potato, promise!
2 cups sounds to be a great amount... if there is a day he doesn't get as much exercise then just take a little out or so, and if he gets a lot more, then add a little bit (like a small handful). Or if there is a day when he gets a lot more treats or something take a bit out...That's what i do with both my dogs (Benny the beagle/basset, and Abby the weimaraner/lab/pit bull) and they are both at a good weight. If you see him getting too thin or gaining too much (I don't think you will), then just adjust the amount by a little bit...with a beagle, only less than a quarter cup or so will be enough of a change and more exercise...I think it sounds that 2 in perfect for him, but just covering everything! I feel the same way about letting my beagle/basset gain too much weight! I am so determined that he is not going to be one of the 'hefty ones'! He loves to run and chase too much and then sack out on the couch--which is what he is doing right now..I think he is planning his strategy for sneaking up on his sister to get her to play with him...like he ever has to beg to get her up for a good game of chase or wrestle!! Have fun with your little guy...It sounds like you did and are doing just a great job with him!! :)
thanks for the encouragement! i want to do the best i can, and i just hope he's happy! i'm going to monitor the number of treats he gets too and adjust the meal, thanks! you make me want to get him a canine friend! he's so playful and would love a companion when i'm at work... uh oh, i'm starting to want another one!
He sounds happy...you are giving him a great home with lots of exercise, treats, and best of all love! Probably a lot better than where he came from! Benny loves his "sister"! I got her about a year and a half after Benny...and I didn't quite plan on it, but she came into the rescue and was never going to be adopted (much like Benny(who was severly abused)) because of her fears (she lived a VERY neglected life and had rarely been around people-only one farmer who beat her. she was afraid of cars moving past her because the farmer had intentionally killed his dogs with cars when he didn't want them and she watched her mother, siblings, and about 50 farm dogs be killed.) I work at the rescue and, even though it is no-kill and I know they won't be put to sleep, I am a sucker for the dogs who will spend most of their lives in rescue because of the way they were treated in the past! Anyway, I am sure he would love to have a buddy to play with! I was afraid Benny would be jealous, but he was too darn happy about it!! :)
How much you feed isn't as important as how the dog looks... Is there a nice tuck between ribcage and leg? Can you easily feel the last few ribs.. Or do you have to poke through a really large fat layer? Is the base of the tail obesely thick?
That should determine if you are feeding enough or too much. The amount itself isn't as important as using that to monitor weight.