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Old 11-05-2014, 06:59 PM
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I need suggestions on the best way to help a Chihuahua lose weight. I have been trying to keep Gidgets weight down due to her luxating patella and I feed her less than the other Chis but she is almost 2 1/2 lbs now and she is a chunker. Most of her weight gain has come after her spay but she is still a very active girl, really more so now that she has a sister Yorkie and has thankfully started walking on the pergo flooring again. I have heard of the green bean diets but I am not exactly sure how to incorporate that into her diet as in how much to give and how often.

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What exactly is she eating now, and in what quantity?
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I free feed organix kibble but it isnt really down all day as they go through it pretty quickly but she doesnt eat a great deal of it, she mostly just picks at it and eats it and then in the evening she gets a smaller portion than the rest of Fresh Pet Vital pre-made RAW with a bit of her joint supplement mixed in.

I can kind of monitor her intake as she is the only one that cannot get up and down off the couch with her doggy steps. Then she will be playing on the floor in the den but she will stay in that room and play forever, I can hear her when she (what I call) skiddadles into the laundry room to eat, LOL
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I think it's the spay/neuter that "kills" them. I have really had to reduce Prince's food down...so low to the point I barely feel like I'm feeding him. I got him right after he was neutered. He walks three or miles on most days of the week with me too. He was up in weight about 3 ounces at his last vet visit. That may not seem like a lot but he is 3 1/2 pounds.
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Lulu lost a lot of weight on Primal when I fed her the amount given on the bag for her weight. It is not a calorie-dense food. You may consider that food for her.
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If you cut down her evening meal would she eat more of the kibble? Free feeding doesn't really work if you have an overweight dog, if she is likely to eat more kibble to compensate then you may have to go for controlled portions for each dog or restrict her access to the communal kibble.
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Did I read that right. She is only 2 1/2 pounds. How old is she?
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She will be 2 in January.

Honestly I have better luck in free feeding, she is the first one I have ever had to become overweight and I think taking their kibble away (along with spay) and trying to go strictly RAW is what has caused her to gain as they were so afraid they were not going to get to eat and they became gluttons and were becoming somewhat food aggressive. I might can bring up the bowls at night and just leave it throughout the day. I think the spay may have caused a bit of the problem but the neuters never caused my boys to gain so not sure if it is just her and her metabolism.
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