(a) I used to give Jimmy ( 3 year old doxie) solid gold for many months The Pet store close to my home does not carry that any more and I was able to get Orijen Adult Formula ( Pet store Lady recommended) what do you recommend
(b) Jimmy weighs 17 pounds He used to weigh 12 pounds 2 years ago
bharathi an increase of 5 lbs in a dog that weighs 12 lbs is a huge weight gain. That'd be like a person who weighs 150 lbs gaining an additional 65-70lbs. It's especially worrisome in dachshunds, a breed that is already prone to weight problems and can have debilitating and even crippling back troubles that can be caused by the increased weight gain.
In my experience the best ways to help a dog lose weight is to cut out all treats, as those tend to be high in carbohydrates and fat, exercise the dog more via walks, and cut back on the amount of food you're feeding. How much food does he get daily? Do you measure it or free feed?
I personally have never heard of Orijen food, I goggled to find out the ingredients of the food. As far as those go, it appears to be an excellent food, however it has a very very high protein percentage for a dry dog food (40%). In fact I'll go so far as to say it's the highest protein percentage I've ever seen. That could cause problems in an older dog or one with poor kidney function, so it might increase the chances of UTIs.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Bharathi, you can still give your little dog a treat, just find a low fat one, like dessicated liver, and do some experiments with fruit and vegetables. Those won't put any weight on him. I was going to add, that if Jimmy likes green beans, you could give him less dog food, and make up the rest with chopped green beans.
Orijen is one of the very good foods, but I personally have not tried it. If your dog is picky like mine, you could try Timber Wolve Organics or Evo. Both are like by mine and both are top of the line. Which ever one your local store carries. Before you buy the food you could always ask for samples. I don't find it neccessary to buy it out of your state, since there are lots of good brands out there.