Dogs on a Diet

United States
August 12, 2010 8:30pm CST
Have you ever been to the vet and they told you your dog needed to lose weight. My dog is a little bit overweight and I just need to get some ideas besides just exercise, which she gets enough, to help my dog lose weight. Any thoughts?
6 responses
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
1 Sep 10
First. Give her a bit more exercise. No dog can get enough. They love to roam around. Go around the block one more time or add a block or two. There is no such thing as getting to much exercise. As for the diet, cut back 10%. Don't do anything drastic. 10% less is enough to help dogie loose weight slowly.
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• United States
7 Sep 10
Okay cat lady, you must be a dog person to. These are both great ideas and I like that I can do them without taking too much away. The exercise part will be good for both of us and I am going to take your advice and give her a big walk after dinner tonight.
• United States
16 Aug 10
Don't let her have any people food. Take her on an extra walk each day. Don't leave her food out. Feed her once in the morning or the evening wait thirty or forty-five minutes then put the food up. Also make sure she's not stressed out because that can make her gain weight too.
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• United States
7 Sep 10
Thank you for responding to this, that might really be the problem. My parents come to my house a few times a week, and I know my mom cannot resist those brown eyes looking at her, and will often feed her people food. I am going to tell my mom that she has to stop doing that, or my dog is going to be very unhealthy.
• United States
13 Aug 10
Give your dog one can of green beans daily in place of half of his regular food. We did this with our dog and she lost and has maintained a healthy weight ever since. The vet said very good! She's a very healthy doggy! (PS: Here's a video of her from last year. LOL http://tinyurl.com/skye-video ) My brother & sister-in-law started feeding their huge cat one can of green beans a day and she looks great too!
• United States
15 Aug 10
I have never heard of doing that, very interesting. I will have to try that. Very cute video.
@Memnon (2172)
13 Aug 10
I'm surprised the vet never mentioned a specialist diet (usually from an affiliate). They often do in the UK.
@TrvlArrngr (4051)
• United States
14 Aug 10
my dogs often fluctuate in weight just like adults do. I just try to not let them get to any extreme.
• Philippines
13 Aug 10
yes i have a shih tzu and his vet to us that he needed to be in a diet because small breeds shouldnt be overweight because of some health problems.our dog used to limp because he is very heavy it weigh down on his hind hips which is vulnerable to excessive weights so it created arthritis.we felt sorry for him when he used to walk on 3 legs.