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RooDaisy Tue 28-Feb-17 19:01:30

I'm after some advice please.

I've got 2 ddogs, 1 is 18 months and a big (26k) cross breed and the other is 11 and a miniature schnauzer.

Currently they both are on AATU, they have the right amount according to their weight, they are walked for at least an hour day, longer at the weekends and don't often have treats but even so the little one is getting fat!! She was a rescue when she came to me about 3 years ago so didn't mind her putting on a bit of weight at first but she's put too much on. She's not obscenely over weight and she's going to be getting an extra walk but I don't want her to put on any more weight.

My thinking is that the food is too rich for her hence her not losing any weight. She's been on AATU for about a year.

Can anyone recommend the best food to help her lose weight that's still going to be good for her.


BiteyShark Tue 28-Feb-17 19:13:00

No idea about specialised weight loss food but have you looked on to gauge the protein/fat/bulk content etc.

I moved my puppy onto millieswolfheart and on their website it did mention that your dog might lose weight at first if it had been fed a poorer diet whilst the excess fat is used up and indeed he went very skinny and now is just muscle with very little fat.

RooDaisy Tue 28-Feb-17 19:24:04

I did know about that website, that's where I found AATU.
The big dog is in perfect condition, which is why I think it's too rich for the little one.

I'll look at the ingredients and then do a comparison.

Thank you!

BiteyShark Tue 28-Feb-17 19:28:26

I know other people who have to feed their dog less than the recommended amount otherwise they put on weight. Maybe it is just too much for your dog and she just needs less.

RooDaisy Tue 28-Feb-17 19:32:50

That's a good point bitey but she was skinny and under fed when she came to me that she needed a bit of meat on her bones and she's a hungry little thing. Which I know dogs are

I'll try her on less and she how she gets on

CornflakeHomunculus Tue 28-Feb-17 19:34:17

Have you tried just cutting down her food?

The amounts given on the bag are only a guideline and individual dogs may need more or less food than suggested. I didn't think any of mine get bang on the recommended amount so I've just been to check. They all get less than the lower end of the range given by the feeding guide for their food, even taking into account the small amount which is replaced by their wet food.

I'd just try cutting her food back a bit first but if you hit a point where she's not suitably losing weight but is still hungry then look at changing her onto something which she can eat more of to satisfy her appetite and still lose weight.

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CornflakeHomunculus Tue 28-Feb-17 19:35:02

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BiteyShark Tue 28-Feb-17 19:36:25

I keep trying to bulk mine out with veg as the food he is on is high protein so you don't need much but he acts like I never feed him hmm. The problem is he eats the veg one day then tends to turn his nose up at it the next sad

RooDaisy Tue 28-Feb-17 19:44:12

I don't know why I didn't think about cutting down her food. Doh

That's the way I'll go and see how she gets on

Thanks everyone

pigsDOfly Wed 01-Mar-17 14:44:41

AATU is a good quality food and is quite rich so will no doubt be high in protein.

As others have said, just try feeding her less. The suggested feeding quantities on pet food packets is always over the top.

I don't feed my dog anywhere near even the lowest amount suggested on her food packet and she will still often leave some as she only eats what she needs.

Does your dog get treats during the day as well?

Be careful about going down the special diet food route, vets will often push them but they aren't always the best quality.

TheCrowFromBelow Wed 01-Mar-17 14:51:34

I feed our dog Millie's and actually worked out that he needs quiet a bit less than they recommend. We fed 10% less for a week at a time until he got to a better weight, he needs much less than they recommended for his weight, he is fairly active as well.
He has carrots or veg as snacks unless he gets lucky and steals the last slice of birthday cake <narrows eyes at smelly dog>

MoneyPit2016 Wed 01-Mar-17 15:09:23

My boy loves Fat Dog Slim. And it makes us chuckle because we're sad.
Also found a brand called Harringtons (has to be Turkey and Rice flavour) that is sold in Asda that he likes - the bags are smaller so shouldn't go stale if you're not going through it that quickly.

RooDaisy Wed 01-Mar-17 19:22:04

Haha!! Fat dog slim, I love that. Totally read fat boy slim at first smile

I'll have a look online. Thank you

pigsDOfly Thu 02-Mar-17 10:44:55

I'm tempted to buy that food just for the name. Brilliant.

RooDaisy Sun 05-Mar-17 11:31:29

I've checked and she's on the lowest recommended amount at of AATU so I've just ordered some fat dog slim.
Slimmed down pup here we come

ItsNachoCheese Sun 05-Mar-17 11:33:22

I feed ddog on burns weight control kibble. He gets 2 cups a day one morning and night and ive noticed his weight has improved since being on the food

KinkyAfro Sun 05-Mar-17 16:39:27

My girl is on millies too, tracker mix which is low fat, she's totally lost weight since her cruciate surgery and has gone from 40kg back down to 30 kg. I do mix in cooked veg with it too though

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Sun 05-Mar-17 20:52:36

Yes I was going to say the Tracker mix from Millie's.

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