|Today 10:14 PM|
Sorry I never responded... Looking back I have no idea what I meant about 2 cups of food. My Lab mix gets about 4 cups a day of senior dog food, divided into 2 feedings. What finally ended up working?
Do you have a picture of your dog? Is he particularly short? 89 doesn't sound like it would be that bad. My big guy is around 120 (last weigh in earlier this year) which is low for him. He was up to 154!
|Today 08:09 PM|
|stmcfred||just wanted to give a quick update on Connor. Since we've brought the puppy home he has lost 7 pounds! He's now down to 89 pounds. Still overweight, but it's a start.|
|10-10-2013 10:11 AM|
I see a lot of overweight labs. Someone I knew had a chocolate lab that was absolutely huge and they could never seem to get him to lose weight (though I don't think they actually tried)
I think he has some lab in him, but who knows!
When you say 2 cups of food. Do you mean two cups total? Including green beans or pumpkin puree? or just the kibble part?
|10-10-2013 10:07 AM|
He seems to like the frozen green beans. The time before I had given him canned so I think he was just being picky.
What about doing one meal with green beans and another with pumpkin puree?
|10-09-2013 11:05 PM|
|10-09-2013 10:54 PM|
If he really is part Lab, losing weight may be extremely difficult. I know somebody who adopted a severely over weight Lab and put her on a strict diet for the rest of her life and she never lost a pound. She only ate 2 cups a day and 1 milk bone. No scraps. She walked daily and played with my dog.
My lab mix also has some weight issues. He isn't super active and he is older. We finally have had success with him losing weight BUT we have done nothing different for years. There is no medical reason for his weight loss.
I would say that 2 cups of food daily is the lowest you could really go. Carrots are nice, but it will never really fill him up. Will he eat the senior version of food? Mine is on senior and I think its pretty similar to a low fat diet.
|10-09-2013 10:43 PM|
Several years ago our Chow mixes got over weight. Our vet suggested cutting back on regular food portion and adding cheap puffed rice/wheat cereal and plain pumpkin puree. The puffed cereal adds low calorie volume and the pumpkin good low calorie fiber. Helps the dog stay feeling full and satisfied with far fewer calories than all kibble. Since your boy is eating food with rice already the puffed rice shouldn't be an allergy issue. Since your boy doesn't like green beans this might be an alternative to the other great suggestions you have had. If you don't want to add the puffed cereal you can try reducing the kibble and adding just pumpkin. Same idea as green beans or carrots. Low calorie but filling. I know cheap fillers isn't the greatest but sometimes it's what works.
Best of luck!
|10-09-2013 07:38 PM|
Thanks for suggesting frozen green beans! Today his food was
1 c Blue Buffalo 6:30am
1/4c BB with 1/2 cup green beans @ 1pm
1/2 c BB with 1/2 cup green beans at 6pm
Did I cut back enough? too much?
|10-08-2013 03:44 PM|
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|10-08-2013 03:35 PM|
|Shade||Another trick is multiple tiny meals a day, so the dog always has something in his stomach but it's light|
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