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Overweight dog

EstyEsty

Little Dog
I thought I could do this on my own but I need some advice. Peetie is way to fat. about 3 months ago I started her on a "Healthy Weight" good grain free kibble. She only gets 2 cups at night. But she begs and literally cries...for human food...it's terrible. Like she's never been fed, ever!
She weighs 52 lbs... My Vet told me after I told him I was concerned about her weight and I quote: "Esty, she's overweight but she's not obese".
That's all he said. i know she needs more exercise, and I also know that her weight is bad for her in so many ways, joints, heart, agility.
With all this being said, our other dog Max who is 11 yrs old has arthritis really bad. We have some of land that we go to weekly and Peetie loves to run around out there as does Max and that's good but by the time we leave Max can hardly get in our Suburban. Yesterday we gave him his pill before we went, when we left and last night before bed so today he is able to walk. And the flirt pole is out because Max wanted to join in and he can't. And also my husband who had a stroke last year and is doing good but has never ever been into exercise and will not go with me with HIS dog Max to walk them. So that means me and Peetie go alone. She is well behaved on a leash.. and likes to go but sure is huffing and puffing when we get home.
Is walking her like 2 city blocks in my neighborhood which is in a residential area, every day going to get some weight off of her?
I now do have some breaking sticks AND know how to use them and I will carry with me just in case. And thanks to all of you who educated me on that point. I really appreciate you all. I have truly learned a lot from this forum and it's members.
"JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE!' Esty
 

Nat Ursula

Good Dog
Hi Esty,

What are you feeding Peetie? Can you feed her 1 cup 2X daily? I don't understand exactly what your question is? Did you have a few questions? Why can you only walk her two blocks?

If I get a spring pole I know I will have to keep the dogs separated.
 

Nat Ursula

Good Dog
If you get a spring pole or a flirt pole I just wouldn't let Max use them. You can put him in the house if you use the flirt pole. You can tie up the rope on the spring pole so he can't get to it.
 

pitbulldogs

OHMUHGERD
Staff member
Welcome back and 2 cups still may be to much for her/him. You can take 3 dogs, same breed, same weight and 1 will have a different metabolism than the others so she/he might only need 1 1/2 cups or 1 3/4 cups and trust me i know all about a dog acting like they are starving lol, Voodoo does the same thing and she is fat, like so fat her new nickname is Moodoo lol.

Start cutting feed slowly for now, you will know when you get the dog looking right and how you want it. As for the walks, 2 city blocks here isn't much. It's roughly a 1/4 mile. Which isn't much in terms of exercise. Now if you make that walk around about 4 times, that would be good to start out with. Maybe start by going around 2 full times and then ease into the longer walks.
 

EstyEsty

Little Dog
Man I thought that was a lot!! LOL! I'm feeding her Whole Earth Healthy Weight grain free. I will try the 1 cup in the am and 1 cup in pm.
Max wants to participate so bad though!! But I can come up with a plan.
Hi Esty,

What are you feeding Peetie? Can you feed her 1 cup 2X daily? I don't understand exactly what your question is? Did you have a few questions? Why can you only walk her two blocks?

If I get a spring pole I know I will have to keep the dogs separated.
Whole Earth Healthy weight grain free
 

EstyEsty

Little Dog
Hi Esty,

What are you feeding Peetie? Can you feed her 1 cup 2X daily? I don't understand exactly what your question is? Did you have a few questions? Why can you only walk her two blocks?

If I get a spring pole I know I will have to keep the dogs separated.
NAT a spring pole can be hung from a strong tree limb right? I have googled and you tubed them so I will construct one....not one that I run around with! Ha! That was a funny site!!! Wore me out too!!
 

Nat Ursula

Good Dog
Man I thought that was a lot!! LOL! I'm feeding her Whole Earth Healthy Weight grain free. I will try the 1 cup in the am and 1 cup in pm.
Max wants to participate so bad though!! But I can come up with a plan.

Whole Earth Healthy weight grain free

I know, that is how Tonka is too. I would just get a raw bone or a nylabone that he only gets during this playtime. I'm trying to get Tonka to lose weight too. She gets walked a couple of miles a day but it is not enough.
 

Nat Ursula

Good Dog
NAT a spring pole can be hung from a strong tree limb right? I have googled and you tubed them so I will construct one....not one that I run around with! Ha! That was a funny site!!! Wore me out too!!

We don't have space to play with a flirt pole. I want to get a spring pole. My husband says he wants to know for sure that it will get used?
 

Michele

Chi Super Dog
Administrator
My chihuahua was very over-weight years ago. I cut his food intake and took him for a lot of walks. He went from 14 pounds down to 7.5 pounds. He's 16 years old now and other than going blind and a bit of arthritis, he's healthy. He would of never made it to the age his is if I hadn't made him lose that weight.
 

pitbulldogs

OHMUHGERD
Staff member
Oops I messed up on that last reply! Yaw'll must be a WHOLE LOT YOUNGER THAN ME!! BUT HEY I'M IN GOOD SHAPE AND NEED TO WALK MORE MYSELF!!
tHANKS SO MUCH!!
I'm no spring chicken lol, i feel it when i haven't walked a good distance in awhile. That is why it's best to start slow and work up to it for both you and the dog :-bd In no time you will be making 4 laps like it's nothing!
And ignore them when they cry:(( like they have never been fed. It's all an act:>
Right? smh.. Moodoo acts like she hasn't ever ate a day in her life :)) Feed her, two seconds later she is looking for something else to eat.
 

Eden86

Little Dog
Mums lab is on the diet train. She gets 1 cup of dry in the morning and one at night. It’s helped heaps. She dropped a lot of fat but is holding her weight at a healthy level. As far as exercise I take Grace about 4 miles when I walk her, Seems to be keeping her at a good weight even though I probably feed her too much.
 

Kit

Good Dog
I'd cut her food back more.
Frankie is 70lbs, but I'd prefer at 68lbs. I cut her back to just over 3/4 cup 2x a day.
When Rosie needed to drop a couple lbs a few years ago, I cut her kibble in half and added green beans. If you can find no-sodium canned, that's super easy. Otherwise, I got frozen and boiled a batch for a few minutes in low-sodium chicken broth. They are low calorie, but filling, so she was able to get the same amount of food, just less calories.
Veggies make good snacks too. Mine LOVE dehydrated veggies.