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I have a question about dog food

Claudia36oh
June 6th, 2011, 08:17 PM
Chloe had to get some blood work done today and the vet just plain out told me she is too fat.:cry:

I know she is a big girl but her parents are very big too, she could probably loose about 10 pounds..she weight in at 105.

Now she only gets 2 cups of Pedigree Lamb and Rice a day, I know that's not a lot at all, she is always searching for food. Now he tells me to put her on one cup a day. This poor dog is gonna starve to death.

I do add green beans as a filler and she gets carrots and Lot's of exercise

I know the Pedigree is not the best food at all, but the only one I could find around here that made the Lamb and Rice due to her allergies.

Any suggestions, I really don't know what to do, I guess I could order other food for her longest it was lamb and rice..any suggestions??

Marty11
June 6th, 2011, 08:40 PM
Get a thyroid test, and whatever you do don't use weight control food cause it's full of fillers....

Claudia36oh
June 6th, 2011, 09:42 PM
Get a thyroid test, and whatever you do don't use weight control food cause it's full of fillers....

she got the thyroid test done today, we will know by tomorrow, thanks

reanne
June 7th, 2011, 01:11 AM
How much exercise does she get? Like in people, a healthy weight is maintained by eating properly AND exercise. Also, I don't think that cutting your dogs' food serving in HALF is very healthy. I think that would lead to drastic weight loss, which will not be maintainable and she will be unsatisfied.

You may want to consider switching to a higher quality food.

Melinda
June 7th, 2011, 06:46 AM
can you get performatrin dog food around your area? I have Brina lab/shepherd on this food, lamb and brown rice, she is full on only 2 cups a day

http://www.performatrinultra.com/dog/ddi_lamb.htm

Claudia36oh
June 7th, 2011, 11:47 AM
can you get performatrin dog food around your area? I have Brina lab/shepherd on this food, lamb and brown rice, she is full on only 2 cups a day

http://www.performatrinultra.com/dog/ddi_lamb.htm

Will have to check on that one, not sure..thanks

Claudia36oh
June 8th, 2011, 03:21 PM
I found a good one and I can get it here at one store :thumbs up

Blue Buffalo Lamb and Brown Rice;)

chico2
June 8th, 2011, 04:01 PM
Performatrine is a Pet-Value brand,probably only sold in Canada.
Blue Buffalo is way better than Pedigree.
Also cutting a dogs food by half is crazy,I would never do that to a dog.

breeze
June 8th, 2011, 04:25 PM
Performatrine is a Pet-Value brand,probably only sold in Canada.
Blue Buffalo is way better than Pedigree.
Also cutting a dogs food by half is crazy,I would never do that to a dog.

it's not that crazy chico..
I was told to cut back on Bree's food, cause she was gaining to much weight..
1st week by 1/4
second week by 1/2

really it's no problem for the dogs to get use to smaller amounts.

:o
it's for the good of the dog and their joints

Claudia36oh
June 8th, 2011, 06:42 PM
I started her out on the same amount 2 cups a day, well just starting to slowly mix in the new food but she will stay on 2 cups for now.
I'll see how she does and it might just of been the food that made her get bigger.

I would never cut her to a cup..lol, that's starving my poor baby

chico2
June 9th, 2011, 07:16 AM
Bree,I should not give advice about dog-food,since I don't even have a dog,it just sounds a bit drastic to me,a large dog and 1 cup of food/daily:shrug:

I know in cats,a drastic change and fast weight-loss can be dangerous.

Melinda
June 9th, 2011, 07:24 AM
it is sold in the states, and in some stores other than petvalue, in fact, up until 4 yrs ago it was made in PA.
the stores are Pet food direct, Bosleys and of course pet value, I imagine they are all affiliated with Pet value

USA
Maryland
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Virginia

breeze
June 9th, 2011, 07:27 AM
that's ok Chico,
I do understand what your saying. :):grouphug:

Melinda
June 9th, 2011, 08:12 AM
Bree,I should not give advice about dog-food,since I don't even have a dog,it just sounds a bit drastic to me,a large dog and 1 cup of food/daily:shrug:

I know in cats,a drastic change and fast weight-loss can be dangerous.

sounds very very drastic to me also!! and as chico says, dangerous

erykah1310
June 9th, 2011, 08:21 AM
When switching my dogs all over from kibble to raw they acted hungry for a while.
They were so accustomed to eating x amount of cups and switching that to a food that is measured by weight to feed it ends up being drastically less.
IF you do switch to a higher quality food remember that you will not need to feed as much for your dog to have adequate nutrition and it will "act" hungry
If you feed the same amount of a new food that you were of the old one you will undoubtedly end up with a dog who gains weight

hazelrunpack
June 9th, 2011, 10:40 AM
If you're uncomfortable with reducing the amount as recommended by the vet, reduce it by half the recommendation and re-evaluate after a month or two. If your dog is still too heavy, reduce it again until she gets to a healthy weight. Eventually you'll get her down to an amount just right for her and it won't be as traumatic for you because you've done it gradually. :thumbs up


Our Priscilla was a 55 pound springer (yes, she was a big one! :D) with lots of energy, a healthy coat, and lived till the age of 15. She only got 2/3 of a cup of food daily. :eek: :shrug:

Each dog is an individual with individual nutritional requirements. We base the amount fed on each dog's body mass. If they get too heavy, we reduce the food. If they start getting too skinny, we increase the portion. We adjust whenever necessary--and that means frequently because the dogs get differing amounts of exercise depending on the time of year. We had to cut our dogs' portions down when we switched to Innova. As I recall, we went to about half of what they were getting before, and some of them needed even less.

If they are maintaining a healthy weight on a high quality food, then they are getting enough to eat, even if it doesn't seem like near enough volume to us. :o

Dee-O-Gee
June 9th, 2011, 10:04 PM
I found a good one and I can get it here at one store :thumbs up

Blue Buffalo Lamb and Brown Rice;)

My daughter lives down in Virginia and they switched their GSD to the Blue Buffalo lamb & Brown Rice from the shelter's Pedigree.

If you do decide to switch Chloe's food, please do so in increments;

Day 1- 3 75% old 25% new
Day 4- 6 50% old 50% new
Day 7-10 25% old 75% new
Day 11 100% new

After adjusting brands (if you choose to switch) perhaps you can start reducing the daily intake. Just take it one step at a time. :thumbs up

Claudia36oh
June 9th, 2011, 10:55 PM
My daughter lives down in Virginia and they switched their GSD to the Blue Buffalo lamb & Brown Rice from the shelter's Pedigree.

If you do decide to switch Chloe's food, please do so in increments;

Day 1- 3 75% old 25% new
Day 4- 6 50% old 50% new
Day 7-10 25% old 75% new
Day 11 100% new

After adjusting brands (if you choose to switch) perhaps you can start reducing the daily intake. Just take it one step at a time. :thumbs up

Thanks, I already started to switch Chloe and yes I'm going the slow way like you suggested :thumbs up

mhikl
June 10th, 2011, 12:12 AM
What about this? Make your smaller portion. Then cut it in half. Feed the half portion and have water close by.

Wait half an hour, put on a smile tell Chloe what a good pooch she is and plop the second half before her saying to her, "You're so good. You're so good".

Maybe your Chloe will think she's getting a bonus. :lightbulb:

Claudia36oh
June 10th, 2011, 12:32 AM
What about this? Make your smaller portion. Then cut it in half. Feed the half portion and have water close by.

Wait half an hour, put on a smile tell Chloe what a good pooch she is and plop the second half before her saying to her, "You're so good. You're so good".

Maybe your Chloe will think she's getting a bonus. :lightbulb:


lol...she might go for that:D

Becca's Pet
June 11th, 2011, 06:43 PM
The higher quality the food the less the dog will need to eat. Anything that is purchased at a big box store is made of lower quality ingredients to keep costs down.

These are some good sites to get a start on finding good foods:
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php
http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1
http://www.uncaged.co.uk/petfood.htm

Lower quality ingredients like corn/soy/wheat/byproducts/chemicals/sugars etc are difficult to digest and do not satisfy the dog's hunger.

Higher quality ingredients are digestible and more satisfying so the dog will naturally need to eat less.

My 120lb Newfie gets 2-3 cups/day and my 60lb lab cross gets 1 cup/day; they in perfect shape and are very satisfied.

If the dog is really overweight then sometimes going on a reduced calorie like Natural Balance (which uses good wholesome ingredients) to get to the desired weight faster is an option.

Going to an independent pet store that specializes in natural products would be best.

Hope this is helpful.

Claudia36oh
June 12th, 2011, 10:56 PM
The higher quality the food the less the dog will need to eat. Anything that is purchased at a big box store is made of lower quality ingredients to keep costs down.

These are some good sites to get a start on finding good foods:
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php
http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1
http://www.uncaged.co.uk/petfood.htm

Lower quality ingredients like corn/soy/wheat/byproducts/chemicals/sugars etc are difficult to digest and do not satisfy the dog's hunger.

Higher quality ingredients are digestible and more satisfying so the dog will naturally need to eat less.

My 120lb Newfie gets 2-3 cups/day and my 60lb lab cross gets 1 cup/day; they in perfect shape and are very satisfied.

If the dog is really overweight then sometimes going on a reduced calorie like Natural Balance (which uses good wholesome ingredients) to get to the desired weight faster is an option.

Going to an independent pet store that specializes in natural products would be best.

Hope this is helpful.

Thanks so much, I did find Blue Lamb and Brown Rice and already started to switch all of them over....so far we been doing good on it and I can buy it at a local feed store:thumbs up

Becca's Pet
June 15th, 2011, 07:26 PM
Glad that it was helpful!

Claudia36oh
June 15th, 2011, 11:25 PM
Glad that it was helpful!

:highfive: thanks again...I think I see some weight loss in Chloe already, for some reason she looks a bit smaller..might just be me..lol

Will find out at the end of the month, I'll take her in to get weight, when I pick up their heart worm pills :thumbs up