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Dogs need to lose weight

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Ihavetochangemyusername · 19/05/2021 12:11

Two dogs, one a lab cross, the other a collie cross, both carrying exttra weight per the vet. We go for a hour walk in the middle of the day to a beach where they can run as much as they like.

To help them lose weight do I up excise, reduce food, or do both?

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Solasta · 19/05/2021 12:14

Are you overfeeding as per guidelines on the pack? If you are I would say do both. If not leave food as is and exercise more and monitor.

Ihavetochangemyusername · 19/05/2021 12:14

One needs to lose 2kg and the other 4kg

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Xiaoxiong · 19/05/2021 12:14

What does the vet suggest? Ours was doing the max exercise they recommended for her age/joints but getting a little heavier (even more pressure on joints) so we switched her onto a "light" food which had reduced calories.

randomsabreuse · 19/05/2021 12:15

Reduce food. We always fed our lab by eye (reduced by a handful of looking over, increased if too much spine visible or on a walking holiday).

JackieWeaverFever · 19/05/2021 12:17

They are getting good execrcise.

Reduce food and bulk it with veg like carrots of required.
Stop all feeding outside meal times and stop all feeding of "human" food

Solasta · 19/05/2021 12:18

Should add I wouldn't cut food drastically. Slow and steady is better.

We underfeed kibble because we account for a pouch of wet food he gets in a kong every night.

JackieTheFart · 19/05/2021 12:20

Well, for humans diet is 80% of weight loss so I’d start there.

percheron67 · 19/05/2021 12:21

Work out how much food they are having as opposed to how much they are consuming, adjust bowls accordingly. Also cut out treats. Treats are unnecessary. Dogs like to please and if verbal praise is given that is sufficient. The only ones benefitting from treats are the manufacturers and suppliers.

VeganVeal · 19/05/2021 13:37

I feed my lab Arden Grange Adult Light Chicken & Rice Dry Dog Food, its lo cal, works well

BarbaraofSeville · 19/05/2021 13:47

Have you weighed the food you are giving them? Dry pet food is a little like cereal. Many people serve far more than the recommended portion size.

Also check that no-one in the house is feeding them too many treats. My dad used to complain that their dog was overweight. But seeing as he would let the dog eat his leftovers and drink the second half of his coffee every day, it's not hard to see why.

LadyDanburysHat · 19/05/2021 13:53

I'm surprised the vet didn't advise as to how to lose weight. Less food is the easiest way.

LadyWhistledownsQuill · 19/05/2021 13:55


Raw carrots are great too - very low calorie, fairly filling and popular with dogs so a good way to bulk out what they're having

Ihavetochangemyusername · 08/07/2021 15:36

We've reduced food and increased exercise. I'm seeing results already.

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