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Q: My dog needs to lose weight

March 5, 2009 | By Lorrainelabs | 10 answers | Expired: 2079 days ago

My dog needs to lose weight

I am already using Purina One Weight Management/Iams Weight Management dry food. Has anyone used the weight loss pill for dogs or heard more about it?

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Teresa K.
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Mar 06, 2009

I have a dog that struggles with weight especially in the winter when he doesn't get as much exercise. We use iams weight control for him and it has really worked great. He was around 100lbs and now is in the mid 80s. How much are you feeding? We feed about 3/4 of a quart jar per day. Doesn't really look like much but he has actually gotten more energy and lost weight since we started really cutting him back.

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inga l.
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Mar 05, 2009

I found that exercise is the best way since it helps build muscle and tone the dog.

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Catmc
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Mar 05, 2009

Besides the food, how is your dog's over all health? How old is he? What breed? You might want to see your vet and check him for hypothyroidism especially if he seems to be gaining weight. Also there are better prescription diets to help dogs lose weight than the over the counter ones. Dividing his meals so he eats less food 2-3 times a day is also a good idea. More excerise is always helpful but if your dog continues to gain definitely see your vet to make sure there isn't an underlying health issue contributing to the problem.

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Sarah M.
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Mar 05, 2009

I don't think diet pills would be necessary. I would just try to manage her weight with more excercise, smaller portioned meals, and reducing treats and people food!

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Roxanne P.
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Mar 05, 2009

put her on a light formula and give him lots of exercise.

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Onlybadowners
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Mar 05, 2009

Another easy way to cut their weight is feed 2-3 times a day instead of one. Just divide the normal amount. This evens out metabolism.

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kevinskats
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Mar 05, 2009

I would skip the pills and stick with a good quality dog food and lots of exercise.

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Jessica S.
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Mar 05, 2009

The foods you're currently feeding aren't very nutritious. They're full of fillers that flow right through your dog, and will actually require you feed him more than if you fed a quality food.

I suggest checking out www.dogfoodanalysis.com, and searching for 4-6 star foods. I would (and do) feed less of a regular food than more of a reduced fat. You can supplement some of the kibble you cut out with low-sodium canned green beans - it really helps them feel full without all the calories.

Also make sure you're minimizing the number of treats your dog gets - those can be HIGH in calories.

Make sure she/he gets lots of exercise too - that's the key here!

Diet pills for dogs are just as dangerous as those for humans. I really, really don't suggest them.

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Mustangak
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Mar 05, 2009

Weight management food and more exercise than normal is the best and only option for me. Those weight loss pills can speed the heart rate of an over weight dog too much and become a danger

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Anonymous
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Mar 05, 2009

My dog was overweight when we first got her. We didn't use any diet pills. We just cut her food in half and went for walks, running, and bike rides. I'd try that first. I don't see why dogs need diet pills, they just need exercise :)

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