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Q: How do I get my MinPin to lose weight?

May 23, 2009 | By Theresa L. | 9 answers | Expired: 2027 days ago

How do I get my MinPin to lose weight?

What am I doing wrong? Maybe she has a thyroid condition, I'll have to have that checked next week. She's 15 pounds and the vet wants her to get to between 10 and 11, and I totally agree. She was spayed in February and now I'm fearful of weight gain, which has come true. I've put her on weight watchers food, 1/4 cup in the am, 1/4 cup in the pm and she's even gotten more exercise with the puppy chasing her around.... .hmmmm any suggestions on a good weight loss/management food?

EDIT: Yes, she goes for walks, maybe I'll take her for longer ones, she's usually good for a 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile. Good idea about feeding 4 times a day, and no, she doesn't get the puppy food, he finishes his in seconds :) and she's fed in another room with the door closed. Thanks for the advice!

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Midwestwoman
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May 25, 2009

I think we should sign your dog and my cat up for Weight Watchers! Does your little dog like to play fetch? Can you set up a little agility course for her to run through? Once medical problems have been ruled out, it's usually just a matter of balancing calories in and out. Sometimes it takes abit of experimentation to find just the right combination that works for your particular pet. Do you know if your little dog will swim? I don't know if Min Pins are prone to swimming, but if so, you could set up a little pool for her in the back yard -- or the bathtub - under supervision! You might want to increase those walks to two or three a day and see if that helps. Good luck!

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Kris
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May 25, 2009

Just as they say people should work with a doctor on any weight loss program, I would be working closely with the vet. You will certainly want to rule out thyroid or other medical causes first. Gradual weight loss with decreased calories and increased activiity is the way to go. Be sure there is no one giving extra treats between meals. There are many low fat / low calorie / diet food options available today. Look closely at the ingredients and choose the healthiest one for your dog. Find variou fun activities for her to burn off calories. If there is a dog park near you, would she enjoy going and running with the other dogs? Do you have a fenced in yard where she can chase tennis balls or other toys she likes? Places you can go hiking? You will know better than us what activities your dog will enjoy, but I try to do a varieity of activities with my dogs from agiltiy to swimming to the dog parks to walking.. Good luck.

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maria h.
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May 24, 2009

Helencedarwoodkennels answered your question very well with that article.If there are no medical issues,my vet would recommend Hill's Prescription Science Diet food for dogs. I have a couple of cats that are porkers and that's what I have them on.

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Jamie W.
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May 24, 2009

Ok you answered the question I was about to ask she is eating fast, I just went through this with my rat terrier she finally losing weight and looks better and healthier. Put like a small wooden block in her bowl then put the food around it that way she has to eat slow and she gets full faster. Try that for a while you will see a difference she will start losing weight. It worked for me hope it works for you it really should and my rat terrier is lazy she don't want to go outside much at all and up until here lately couldn't take her for a walk because her neck was fat so even if the collar fit her neck it slid off and over her head...

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Helen B.
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May 24, 2009


This is a good aritcle

Healthy Weight, Not Heavy Weight

by Krista Mifflinfor About.com


The first step in your dog's new, healthy-weight achievement plans is full physical at the veterinarian's office.

It is important to find the cause behind your dog's weight gain. Most often, substantial weight gain is caused by well-meaning owners who tend to give out more treats than is healthy, or think that a couch potato dog is a happy, content dog. While Elmo may be pleased for the moment, neither of you will be when his health deteriorates.
Although most obesity problems can be easily traced back to the owners, often sudden weight gain is also a symptom of underlying health problems. Hypothyroidism, Cushing's Disease, and more can cause a formerly fit Fido to plump up, which is why a vet exam is important to rule out medical causes.

Once anything medical has been eliminated it's time to start working on reducing that extra poundage.
The Healthy Diet:

It's safer to reduce your dog's intake of food overall, rather than switching him to a diet dog food. Most weight-loss formulas of dry dog food are missing essential ingredients and will not meet a dog's nutritional needs. Likewise, you can not simply reduce his regular portions by half and stop there either.
The best course of action is to reduce his daily intake by 25%, and also spread it out over a more lengthy period. The dog who would normally get one big meal of X amount should be getting three quarters of that amount, but over a period of time. If your large breed dog normally gets three cups of food in the evening, start a new routine: one cup in the morning, one cup in the afternoon, and half a cup or a small handful at night.
Most dogs burn the calories during the day, so by reducing and replacing a nighttime intake with a morning and daytime intake, he has a better chance to burn those calories throughout the day. Discuss with your veterinarian just how much food Fido should be eating in a day, and reduce gradually to achieve that amount.
Exercise is Wise:

Exercising a pudgy pal is a little bit tricky. You can't make him work too hard, although it is tempting to do just that. Too much too soon can have serious side effects though, so it is important to remember that everything in moderation is best.
Start with sedate walks daily. Not too long, or you'll have a sore pet and sore feet, but half an hour a day for a couple of days, along with your usual routine. After the walking ritual has been established, and you've both had time to adjust to it, step it up just a little bit. Two half hour walks daily, morning and night. Then three times a day, morning, afternoon and evening.
Rapid weight loss is just as damaging as having the weight in the first place, so I'm reminding you once again, keep it slow, and let your dog get used to each new step. He should be losing no more than 5% to 8% of his starting weight each month. If the pounds start to shed too rapidly, take him back to the veterinarian immediately, as he could have serious problems.

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Sheryl J.
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May 24, 2009

Shara went up to 14.3 pounds last year and it also was after I had her spayed. She has been on a diet for about 6 months now and is down to 12.9. Here is what I did; first I give her two tablespoons of Pedigree wet food, twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening. She looks at this as her treat, healthy and balanced with what she truly needs as a dog. She has about 1/4 cup of Pedigree kibble in her bowl at all times, you may have difficulty with this if you have multiple dogs, but essentially she can eat kibble at any time but she actually never completes the bowl, it's is more of a sike out, she never feels there is no food. Most important, I walk her 2.5 miles per day, this is difficult to do sometimes but very important as I'm certain you know. And finally, I convinced my husband ....No People Food, he was notorious for sharing, it is a hard habit to break, but when I put it this way "If we want her with us as long as possible, it is up to us", he got it. Also, I got a kitten, Pippit, who not only keeps her company but active when I have to be at work, they are best friends and play, play play. I know my Min-Pin is highly food motivated, so any dog treats I do share with her are very lean. It can be a challenge no doubt, but to see her acting like a pup again, running and jumping with ease is great.

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Christy
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May 23, 2009

make sure ur not giving her table food either. and i would try the longer walks and just playing more. make sure she doesnt eat the puppy's food. what about spreading her meals to 1/8 cup 4 times a day?

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M Evelyn F.
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May 23, 2009

Watch the treats she gets also, for a small dog 2 or 3 treats could put them over the top in calories.

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Debby
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May 23, 2009

min pins need as much exercise as a big dog and by what I hear are prone to weight gain if not fed and exercised properly boxers are very much the same way.. some dogs gain weight after spay but most don't.. it is one of the reasons people use to not spay/ neuter. Do you take her for walks?

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