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Q: Best way to help a dog lose weight?

July 16, 2008 | By Stephanie B. | 9 answers | Expired: 2191 days ago

Stephanie B.

My dog is having hip surgery and the vets recommend that she lose about 10 of her 50 lbs. to make recovery easier. Obviously I know to reduce her food and increase her exercise, but does anyone have any tricks, products, or special foods that helped their dog to lose weight? Thanks!

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Carlise B.
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Jul 20, 2008

Try Life's Abundance Canine Zone. You can get a free smaple at www.freshnaturalpetfood.com to be sure your dog likes it. Good luck with the surgery.

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Marta J.
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Jul 17, 2008

Everyone has some good advise. You can add raw or cooked veggies to her food and use them as treats instead of dog treats many of which are very high in calories. Be a label reader when selecting food. They all have calories listed on them. Select veggies that are low in carbs and sugar. I had a dog with a thyroid problem. She would eat lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, green beans, oranges, apples, canned pumpkin you name it. Just remember no grapes, raisins or onions.

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Anna S.
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Jul 16, 2008

Since your dog is having hip surgery, dramatically increasing excercise is probably a bad idea (obviously talk to your vet). I agree that swimming is probably the best exercise for your dog though. As far as changing the diet, just remember to change it slowly and not all in the same day. When we were trying to help our lab loose weight, we made the mistake of changing her food to diet food in one day and she refused to eat. We went back to regular food and started mixing the diet food in at 25% diet 75% regular for a week, then upped it by 25% diet each week until it was 100% diet. It worked, but it took a while for her to loose the weight. Good luck!

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Jessica H.
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Jul 16, 2008

Speak with your vets about the SAFEST and HEALTHIEST way possible to induce weight loss in your dog. I've heard that substituting part of the meal with an equal portion of unsalted canned green beans will help (for example, substitute 1/2 cup of kibble with 1/2 cup of green beans), and dogs love them.

However, ALWAYS consult with your vet about any dietary changes.

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ARKstaff
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Jul 16, 2008

There is a new product on the market called Slentrol for dogs. Ask your vet about it! It curbs their appetite so they not as hungry. You must still feed a good quality food and exercise. However with a dog in pain you must be careful not to over do it. I agree with the others on swimming. It is the best for dogs that have hip or joint issues.

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Carly T.
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Jul 16, 2008

If you have a pool, having the dog swim about 20 minutes (or less to start out)everyday is very good exercise. Don't leave her to swim by herself, just hold her. The point isn't to make her swim around the pool, you just want her to get her legs moving.

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Ethel02
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Jul 16, 2008

It's me again the most important thing walk at least an hr a day 1/2 & 1/2 or 1 hr each time and run around in the yard with your pet make sure it's cool enough for them

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Ethel02
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Jul 16, 2008

I have a Lab, need I say more about food intake!!! I wanted her to lose cause I know they get hip problems, always had greyhound keeping weight on was my problem, I rescued Annie (30 lb low maintenance dog, long story) Vet said she was underweight at 70 lbs so I let her eat herself up to 100lbs, so you know what the Vet said then, Well here's what I did, I did cut her food back she has high quality kibble from a specialty shop its Verus fish, potato and omega, 1/2 of what she ate is fine because there are no fillers in it so I'm paying a bit more put actually spending less. the bag say to feed 4 cups which is what she ate before but the nutritionist who owns the shop said 4 cups aren't necessary with this food ignore the bag, I do, I add some wet food to give her variety and once a week I take a bag of frozen string beans & a bag of carrots cook them put them in fridg. and add some to each meal, nuke it to room temp. healthy & low fat & fills her, she loves it, she still gets some doggie treats but most are a little banana, I slice a couple of apples put in cont. in fridg. and she gets a few slices a day, loves red delicious, they turn brown but its OK their still crunchy, make sure cored they can choke on that hard stuff around the seeds and NO SEEDS they are poison, also she gets a carrot to chew on, not her favorite she loves them cooked though and she will eat the carrot if thats all she has, and I hive her a marrow bone 1x a week I get them from the butcher big enough that they can't get down her throat, don't cook it and give it outside(its greasy) I let her have it for about an hr., bring it in wrap it and put in fridg. for next day, occupies them and cleans their teeth better than brushing and the marrow is good for them, Annie is down into the mid 80's now the Vet couldn't believe I would stick to it, never give grape or raisins, and everything in moderation or all that roughage will give the poops, right now she is just so healthy looking I can't believe it, and only does poop 2x a day and the easy to clean kind, good luck let me know how you make out and don't forget if a dog loses a few lbs it like 10 human lbs, so don't give up

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Jill R.
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Jul 16, 2008

Always talk to your vet about weight loss options. Every pet is different and I am sure your vet would be happy to recommend a diet and exercise for your pet.

Just like it is for us, there isn't a simple solution, so a combination of healthy eating and exercise is the key. As a side note, make sure to cut out treats, they can really pack on the pudge for our vets.

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