August 6, 2008 2:20am CST
Does anyone know hot to get a large breed dog to lose weight besides exercise?
6 Aug 08
Sorry, I can't help you with that. I don't know of any weight loss pill designed for dogs. But I know there are healthier dog food in the market nowadays. And exercising your pet isn't so difficult. You can play tag, go for a swim, or put him or her on the treadmill. It might a bit difficult to get started at first, but after a while when he or she gets used it it, it'll be a lot easier.
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7 Aug 08
Exercise is the best way... Walking them for at least 40 minutes a day would be great for them and not just to lose weight but for their over all health. but I guess you could cut back on their food a little and don't give them any human food (if you do now, then stop) also they make dog food for overweight dogs. It has fewer calories in it and fat i think? You could try that on them and that might help to lose some but a dog can not be health if they aren't getting at least some exercise of any kind. you should ask your vet or maybe even someone at a pet store. I am not really sure..
11 Sep 08
Years ago, we had a labrador (not a large breed dog I know, but medium sized so bear with me). She was a bit of a pig when it came to any food that she found, including food in your hand, and we also used to give her a lot of scraps. Anyway, she was getting a little bit older and so didn't get as much exercise as she should, and was beginning to look like a barrel on legs. So we took her to the vet for some advice, and this is what he said, "Every time you want to give her some of your food, give her a carrot instead." Well, we had never heard of the carrot diet for dogs before, but we did it, and it worked, she lost a lot of weight, and looked like a dog again. Can't remember how long it took to lose the weight, but it can't hurt can it? Good luck!