Help! Am I starving my sweet girl?
Hi all, first time GSD owner. We rescued a 6 year old female with early onset arthritis in her rear right hip. When we rescued her she was 104 pounds. The vet advised me that she should be approximately 90 lbs.
So we cut back on her food. We went from feeding her 5 cups a day (that was my bad, I read the bag and believed it for the first week) to 3 cups a day to now 2 cups a day. We cut out treats, training treats unless we are actively training her, and meat scraps.
We feed her twice a day- 1 cup of wellness complete health in the morning and another cup in the evening. We give her a hip/joint supplement gummy (FERA Pet glucosamine) at each feeding. Well, not surprisingly, she is constantly hungry. But the problem is she's now 107 pounds.
She's been a casual poop eater since we got her. After research/lurking, I honestly thought it was due to the fact she was a rescue and had been returned twice. I told my vet about it and he tested for parasites (test was negative). We hoped that as she got more comfortable with us that it would stop. It has not. She's probably starving, right?
We do exercise her. She gets approx. 1 mile a day during the week and then dog park plus 1 mile on weekends.
I have an appointment to see the vet about her thyroid levels since last time I was in she's border line for possibly requiring medication.
In the end, my question is, am I starving my sweet girl? How much should I be feeding a light-moderately active 6 year old GSD who needs to drop some weight without having her eat poop?
Thank you so much for any feed back and suggestions.