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Old 01-23-2011, 01:42 PM
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1/2 a cup per day seems like an awful lot of food. I was feeding a 14# pomeranian 1/4 cup of food per day, and he was at a good weight. I would have him checked out by a Vet to check for pain in his legs, that could be why he doesn't like to walk. Did he like to walk before he got heavy? A lot of people have success with the Green Bean Diet, i.e. adding some green beans in place of some food, it helps keep them 'fuller' longer, so they aren't starving/hungry all the time. Have you tried getting him to play in the house for exercise? Like chasing toys, or running around the backyard? Zoey has bad knees and doesn't walk for more than about 1/4 of a mile before she's done, so I just let her run around the house for exercise and that works for her.
I like this. Poor Ernie gained so much weight since he's been sick, but because he is taking steroids he feels hungry all the time. I substituted green beans for his snack and the occasional raw mini carrot and sometimes a bit of fresh apple. He has lost 1/2 lb.
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poor mite.
i'm glad you're doing all you can to help him.
as he seems quite food motivated (you mentioned that he moves well when food is involved) have you tried a kibble ball?
let him watch you put his kibble meal inside the ball, let him sniff at the opening and then put it on the floor. give it a slow push with your hand until a piece falls out and let him eat it. he'll soon get the idea.
he'll be getting some exercise and learning how to explore and play all at the same time.
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I had a Chi boy who weighed 16 pounds. He had luxating patellas and the vet said he HAD to lose weight. His ideal weight was 12 pounds and I got him down to that in about five months by watching his diet. I fed him the recommended amount for a 12-pound dog and it worked. He was young and very active. He had surgery on both back legs, which was successful, and he did great. I fed him Wysong Synorgon food and absolutely no treats except raw baby carrots. I agree that you should have your dog checked out by your vet to be sure there isn't some problem making him gain weight or preventing him from losing weight. Good luck!
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I would agree with most, have him checked by the vet. In the meantime I would cut back on some of the kibble and add vegetables ie: green beans, peas or carrot. Our vet recommended this to us and it works and all of my chi's love the extra variety everyday! Also, we are Chihuahua breeders that are New York State licensed and approved and AKC inspected and approved. We have 33 chi's of our own. The dogs have free range of the house until feeding or bed time. We feed the same as you - 1/4 cup twice a day and 99% of the time all of the bowls are empty when we take them out of the crate 10 minutes later, so no I do not think 1/2 cup a day is too much for a 4 - 10 pound dog like suggested by some. My dogs all go tho the vet regularly and are all in good health. Good luck with him!!
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Last time he had a complete vet checkup was about 1-2 years ago, when we didn't have him. They told us the results were fine. We've only had him for about a month and a half now, but I will be taking him this coming weekend to the vet for a consultation, bloodwork, questions on diet, etc. So I am hoping that the doctor gives us some good advice on what might be wrong.

I don't think I am feeding him too much. 1/4 cup in the morning and 1/4 cup at night and he eats it as if he is starved within a minute. I added in the 1-2 treats as well because what happened two nights in a row, was him vomiting in the morning yellow bile. From my research, most people said that was a sign of hunger (acid building up in the stomahc) and that feeding a treat before bed or two would help to fix it. It has worked and he doesn't vomit now. But it just shows me that he is still hungry I bet.

He never walked before he got heavy... his previous owners kept him in most of the time and carried him everywhere when he needed to go out. He doesn't like toys, so exercise inside is just impossible. I've bought quite a few, and he just gets annoyed when I try to play with him using them. We don't have a pool, only a bathtub so can't do the swimming idea.

I am surprised he eats carrots. I just started those last night and he seems to not mind them. So I will be swapping that in place of his treats instead of the doggie ones. Can someone give me some more info on the green bean diet and how much of his food I should be kibble and how much green beans? Any particular kind of green beans? Raw I assume?

Thanks for all your suggestions. Here are some pics... Hopefully the vet appointment this coming weekend will be a bit helpful.


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OMG! Bless his heart! If you ask me this is abuse! Yes vomiting bile means he has an empty stomach and more than likely because he is so heavy that the small amounts of food compared to what he used to eat isnt fulfilling him. I would definitely ask the vet what you can do for his hunger while you are trying to shrink his tummy down so he will be fulfilled quicker. Please keep us updated on him and thank you so much for what you are doing for him
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Oh wow! Okay i'd say he looks like he should be about 6 lbs at most, although it is a little hard to judge with something to compare. I'm going on his little stick legs which might just seem disproportionate due to his size.

If he's acting so starved have you tried feeding him more times a day but lesser amounts total. My reasoning is that I remember reading that digs carry food for 6-8 hours before feeling "starved" in his case lol. Also when people want to lose weight they say to eat smaller meals five times a day, it helps the metabolism ( might not apply to dogs) but also keeps you fuller and less likely to gorge.
For his sake I'm thinking your gonna have to do something a little drastic, like cutting back his food a lot and substitute veggies. If he was more active I probably wouldn't suggest it but since he's not, and I can almost guarantee that walking causes him at least discomfort, I really feel reduced caloric intake is your best bet. Ask your vet though as I'm not a vet but I really feelyour at. Critical place with him
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Awwww poor thing, I am so glad you have him now are doing everything you can to help. No wonder it is hard for hime to walk. Keep us posted on him, he is adorable. I bet when he starts to loose weight he will be more active.
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