I would like to have some insight on what to feed my dog, I am opting towards wellness core, my sister believes it has too much protein, I don't know... her dog(a minature yorkie) has to be on a low protein diet because her levels are too high, but I believe her breed is prone to kiddney problems, my dog is a beagle-jack mix, I don't really know about her kidneys...I figure we can put her on the core for a few months and then on wellness weight management to see if she'll lose a few pounds... does anyone have any suggestions???
What kind of lifestyle does your dog lead? How much exercise per day or week does it get? How old is it? What food is it on now? All these things will help us get a better picture of what the "weight" issues is. You might not have to change the food, but up the exercise. You certainly don't need to immediately worry about protein levels. Does the dog have any other health issues?
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I feel for you because both my schnauzers are over weight and our little yorkie is 7mo. old now and she is a little pig. I guess she is in the right family. Its my husband I have a problem with. He is always giving them snacks.(their snacks) But, even at that they are fattening. I feed them twice a day and keep dry out for them. I used Welliness for along time, then Innova. I am now feeding them Blue Buffalo. Alot of the foods have the lite, which you might try.
I've tried wellness core with no results, I think wellness weight management is better. I have 3 dogs from the same breeder, and one of them is overweight. I've had all the tests done that I could get for her to make sure it wasn't due to illness, and shes fine just heavy.
I have read that a good way to cut calories is to feed 1/2 as much as you usually do, and replace the missing portion with green beans. I also think if you feed once a day, try feeding twice. go easy on the treats......sticking to meat treats like chicken jerky and flossies, or bullies.....and those infrequently. And definately excersize! good luck!
The biggest mistake most pet owners make when feeding their dogs is that they just feed too much. The recommended portion on the back of the bag is just that - recommended. Every dog will eat a different amount based on it's individual metabolism and activity level (my sister and I are the same height and our "ideal weight" is the same - but she can get away with eating twice as much as I can... it's the same with dogs).
Feeding a good, high quality, corn free, low grain food is the start. Then, while trying to get weight off, cut the portion back to about 1/2 what you were feeding (someone else said this as well). Supplement with either green beans, raw carrots, or apples to help fill them up but keep calories low. Raw carrots and apples make the best treats too (my dogs LOVE them - actually I have a couple that would turn up their nose to something like Beggin' Strips, but go nuts for carrots...).
As you feel weight drop off... if it seems too drastic after the first week, up the portion so it's 3/4 of what you were feeding and see how he does then. You want to see 1/2-1 pound a week come off. If you have a pet scale, or can stop by your vet and weigh once a week, do it. It helps give you a visual.
Excercise makes a difference, but really, the bigger issue is making sure the portion size you feed is correct in relation to the activity level. If you're over feeding, you have to up the activity level to an unreasonable amount.
If you're not having any luck taking weight off... have his thyroid checked. Give it a couple of weeks on a diet first, but being obese and not losing weight easily is usually a sign of a thyroid problem.
When Merphy needed to lose weight, I had him on Innova EVO, which is often likened to the Adkins Diet for dogs. I fed him less kibble than recommended, and supplemented with either carrots or green beans. He loved it, and the weight came off nicely.
We were then staying with a friend for a month who free fed her labs, so it was impossible to keep Merphy out of it, and his weight went back up. I did the same thing, only with Addiction Wild Kangaroo and Apple, just supplement with carrots. He's now a perfect weight.
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