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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: 2079 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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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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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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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jul 25, 2008

take him for a jog every day. but because he is heavy watch him for getting overheated.

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Ethel02
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Jul 25, 2008

I had to get my Lab to lose weight, I know you can't get the food I did, it's holistic and I'm sure your on a budget, If anyone would cook a bag of frozen string beans and a bag of frozen carrots, their not real expensive and take a few minutes, i but them in fridg and at meal time cut the food a big and add the veggies, it fill her up and it is healthy, I also slice apples and core them, no seeds or that rough stuff around the seeds, the seeds are poison, I do a couple at a time (red delicious) put them in fridg they turn brown but thats OK their still good also a healthy Annie lost about 15 lbs in a month or so, her food was Verus fish ,potato & omega 3, she lookks grat, she was on deah row at SPCA 2 yr ago and over 8 she was underweight so Vet said to get a few lbs on her I did, boy did I, all of a sudden she weighed close to 100 lbs and I weight 118 our walks were something to see, I also walked her at least 1 hr and played ball with her in back yard, she wasn't big on allot of moving because she had gotten so big so I made her walk, I know you have a tought time doing what I did in a rescue, but even the apples will make a difference, figur out what is good for her if you do the veggies & apples, it can cause the poops till it gets adjusted. Good luck, and thank you for working with rescues

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Melissa and Bossie F.
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Jul 25, 2008

Good diet and proper excercise is the key for any obese being. That is the only answer for this question.

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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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