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Old 02-09-2013, 05:27 PM
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Hey! I'm new here, and I posted in the Newbies forum already. But now I want to ask my question... I put it here instead on in Diet and Nutrition just because it's more broad of a question than just his food intake... Okay, so I have a 3 year old long-haired chihuahua named Toulouse. Ever since I've had him, from 15 weeks old, he has been a big chihuahua. Not fat, but large. He's absolutely precious with his white fur, cream patches, and pink and black nose, but nobody wanted him because he was such a large male chihuahua. Except me, of course, so I lucked out!

But anyway, other than being big, he never really had a problem with being overweight; he used to be lean, easy to see his waistline, muscular... But when he was neutered about a year and a half ago, things changed... Look, I know that getting them fixed doesn't CAUSE them to get fat. But it did change his metabolism, and he started eating like a downright piglet. And my family, including me sometimes, enabled him. He gained weight pretty fast after that. His ideal weight is somewhere around 10 pounds at the lightest. (He was almost that much when he was a puppy! And not fat! His son is super lean and long, and he's 9 pounds.)

Now he is 14 pounds. Yeah, that's a lot. He's definitely overweight, but he's not extremely obese looking. You can still feel his ribs if you put your hands on his sides, and his stomach isn't almost touching the ground or anything, but he's still chunky. I'm not in denial about that, haha. He goes to the vet regularly, and he said to feed him 100 calories a day, about 1/4 cup of the food I have. Ever since I started doing that, he hasn't really lost much weight, but maybe a little since then. I split it up twice a day, morning and evening. But it's so little food, he acts like he's starving all the time. Is this okay? My family falls for it every time he goes to their houses, but I've banned them from feeding him extra treats. He's recently switched to Wellness Core Reduced Fat food; do you think that will keep him more full? It's supposed to have a lot of protein and fiber, and no grains, which is good because they mess with his stomach.

He gets a moderate amount of exercise a week, but not nearly enough. He's a lazy dog, and I'm a full time student so I do the best I can. He goes on walks a couple times a week, but I need to take him on a lot more. He plays a lot, and he runs around for hours at my mom's house once a week. I know that's not enough, but how much would be enough to start seeing a difference? How long and how often should I walk him? What's a sure way to see results?

I'm asking all this because he seems to be at a stand still. He's been stuck at 14 pounds a while now. He was 15, but that was a while ago... But I guess that means he's losing some. But lately it's been pretty stagnant. Do I cut back even more on his food? He acts like he's a starving animal. How much exercise would be effective?

None of the vets I've been to have checked his thyroid or anything; two of them just acted like I was irresponsible, in denial, and a bad pet owner, despite my agreement and concern about his weight. One of them acted like he was supposed to be like... 7 pounds. He was 7 pounds when I brought him home at 15 weeks old. I'll go with 10 pounds, but if he gets down to 11, I'll be so relieved.

Any advice? Thank you so much for reading!!

P.S. I tried to post a picture, so you can see what I'm talking about. You can see he's definitely a little sausage dog, but not a balloon.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:49 PM
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First, he's absolutely adorable!! Second, you can't tell he weighs 14 lbs. My guess would have been 10 lbs. He is quite 'round' through the mid-section. He appears to be pretty compact, and larger boned. If he weighs 14 lbs. now, he'd be skin and bones at 7 lbs. Just by judging by the pic, I'd say even at 12 lbs he'd be in pretty good optimal condition. All you really need to do is cut his portion size back. Schedule feed so you know for sure his intake. No table food. If you want to offer treats, use tiny bites of his food. Also, neutering does cause weight gain. You are removing hormones that regulate weight and changes their metabolism. Not all dogs gain weight from spay and neutering, but many do. You just have to reduce his food intake and up his exercise. I've been through this on a smaller scale. Less weight loss needed. Weight loss will hit a plateau. Don't get discouraged. Just keep up with portion control, no treats, and more exercise.
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Thanks for the reply!

I'm glad he doesn't look too overweight... He's really dense and has a lot of muscle along with the fat, so that might be why he's so heavy. I'm glad 12 pounds doesn't seem unreasonable. I think 11-12 pounds would be good.

I wasn't sure if it would be okay to cut back his food even more from 1/4 a cup a day... He'd barely be getting anything. But I guess I could try green beans again too; I've done that before.

Thank you so much for the support and encouragement!
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Green Beans !!! Seriously you have a dog that loves to eat. So you have to give him some treats that a low in calories and not bad for him. My dogs weighs 4 and a half pounds and I feed him green beans--he loves them. Mine would eat all day long if I let him. some pups just love food. I also give carrots, fruitables and some other lo-cal high nutrient treats. I put his kibble in a food-ball or a puppy puzzle so it takes him longer to eats and gives him something else to do. He gets a good amount of exercise but we have about 36 inches of snow outside the door at this moment
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Haha, thank ya! Green beans it is then! He liked them pretty well when I did that before. I stopped because I guess I got discouraged or something... Putting his food in a food ball is a great idea! I might have to try that!
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I would increase his exercise. If he is not taking walks that much even starting short walks everyday will help and building up his endurance. It will not only help him lose weight but will be healthy for him.


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My tips are: they will always beg...don't feed more than a little meal twice daily. Walk for at least 2-3-4 hours a day Only give a couple of treats in the weekend.

I know it's hard, but it's the only way to keep them for longer <3
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What are you feeding him? Did you already say? Some foods have way more fat than others, some are nutritionally inadequate and provide lots of fillers. The point being that it's not just the quanity of food you're feeding him, it's also the quality of it. And of course he's going to be even more hungry if you're feeding him a food that is laden with fillers and is nutritionally inadequate.

My dogs are both 3.5 pounds, give or take a fluctuation of an ounce or two. They each get 1/8th cup kibble twice a day. They eat a superior 5 - 6 star kibble and it keeps them at their perfect weight.

I'd suggest you really do your homework regarding what he's eating and whether it's the best nutritionally for him.

Here's a good website to get you started: Dog Food Analysis - Reviews of kibble
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