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Q: How can I get our 50lb Beagle at the Shelter to Lose weight?

July 25, 2008 | By Pawsandclaws1 | 6 answers | Expired: 2302 days ago

How can I get our 50lb Beagle at the Shelter to Lose weight?

I work at a shelter, and we had a Beagle returned to us, weighing in at 50 lbs!!! Obviously this is a VERY unhealthy weight for him, so we immediately put him on a diet of Innova brand Reduced Calorie food. He's been back since July 3, and when I weighed him 2 weeks ago he had lost 5 pounds. Well I just weighed him again tonihgt and he hasn't lost anymore weight. He gets 1/3 cup and volunteers aren't supposed to give him treats, there are signs on his kennel, and he gets yard time 4x a day with other dogs, and walks with volunteers. How can we get him to lose??

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jul 25, 2008

My oldest dog lost 35 pounds dues to daily walks. We walked a mile to two miles EVERY day rain or shine.

Hope this helps!

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Stephanie
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Jul 26, 2008

Continue on the low-cal diet, but he will need more exercise. You should find a volunteer that is willing/able to work with him one-on-one for long walks (preferably daily). While running around in the yard with other dogs is good, its not going to be enough exercise to take the weight off! Like Christy B. said, because he is overweight watch for signs of him getting over heated. The person walking him should bring cold water and a bowl with them and stop for a drink if he looks like he's getting too hot. The more often you can get those long walks in for him, the easier the weight loss will be. Good luck!

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Julie Kay S.
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Jul 26, 2008

There may be an underlying health issue related to heart or something else that may be causing fluid retention, so a thorough physical before a hefty exercise regime would be a good thing.

While being sure not to overheat the Big Beagle, I'm going to take the recommendations a step further and suggest several fifteen-minute walks each day (say, six of them), which should increase the rate of metabolism.

Thanks for posting this very good question! Please keep us updated on the weight loss progress!

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