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Q: My chihuahua needs to lose weight - but how?!

May 27, 2009 | By Anonymous | 7 answers | Expired: 1869 days ago

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He is 6 yrs. old and has food allergies so his vet put him on meds. that made him gain. Now he weighs 8 lbs. when he should only weigh around 6. He's an apple head. He has breathing problems because of it. I just put him on Blue Buffalo food ( fish & potato) and skin has cleared up within one wk! I feed him in morning & evening (sm. amounts.) He doesn't walk much because it's too tiring for him - even a very short walk. I no longer give him prednisone. No table food, corn or wheats. How can I help him! I've had him since 6 wks. old.

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Mixedkitty01
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Jun 09, 2009

give him the science diet ,half a cup,twice a day,plenty of water.two walks a day for at least 20 mins.u should see results 2-5 weeks.hope it helps!

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Makayla Y.
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May 30, 2009

if u try 2 walk more that may help, i am doing that with my use-2-be 20 pound dog now she is about 16 or 17 pounds it really helped, try it. it may work :) i will put a pic of her on this
Hope this helps

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Stacy H.
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May 28, 2009

Exercise has to happen for weight loss, start small and as his endurance builds add more distance. I had a friend whose cat was obese and to make the cat exercise she would carry it to the end of the driveway (a very long driveway), at feeding time and it would have to walk back to get fed. It took a year but she got that cat to a healthy weight. Good luck.

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Elisa D.
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May 28, 2009

It sounds like switching foods will do the trick without the medicine - it may be that your vet prescribed to alleviate the initial problems. My dog is also prone to food allergies (he cannot eat Science Diet - itchy all the time and it made him constipated) and I have had no problems with Natural Balance allergy formula. (It's like sweet potatoes and duck, venison, or fish.) I would talk to your vet about the possibility of a pill that you could give when the itching is bad. You can also try Benadryl - that has helped my dog not itch so much.

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Shari P.
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May 28, 2009

My Donovan has an immune system disorder that will keep him on steroids the rest of his life. He is ChiChi Terrier and should weigh 12 lbs. He weighed 20 lbs. The Vet put him on the Royal Canin Low Fat and he has lost over 3 lbs in a month and his stomach issues are all cleared up and his skin rashes are gone.

The food did so well with Donovan, I put my applehead Peanut on it since he should weigh 4-5 lbs and was gaining weight (he likes to steal the cats food when I am not looking). Peanut is back to 5lbs and his stomach problems have cleared up also.

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Vtech505
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May 28, 2009

Well prenisone is a steriod that is well know for making dogs gain wieght pretty quickly. So you should see some results by just having him off of that. Is it too tireing for him to walk because of his breathing problems or just because he is out of shape? If he is just out of shape just do short walks and slowly increase the distance. Dogs, like people, just need good exercise with a balanced diet to lose weight.

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Wendy L.
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May 27, 2009

Of course, check with your vet before trying this because of his specific diet needs, but I'll give you our clinic's usual answer to weight loss suggestions! :)

First step is lessening the amount of food - make sure you are feeding the recommended amount that the bag states, and if you are feeding a proper amount, cut down to 3/4 of the recommended amount.

The next measure can be one of two options:

1. Substitute 1/4 to 1/2 of the the volume of food with canned green beans (for example, if you normally feed 1 cup of food, you can feed 1/3 cup green beans and 2/3 cup of dry food). The green beans are loaded with fiber which fills up pup fast, but very few calories!

2. This may not be an option because of food allergies, but if a weight-management type of food from the pet store does not work well enough, you can try a prescription diet food. My cats had to do this and they weren't losing any weight on Purina's Weigh Management formula, but my 18# cat went down to 15# with Purina's OM formula from the vet. I now have them back on weight management and he gained a pound back but has evened out now... still plump but looks much better. :)

Best of luck to you!

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