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Old 07-12-2010, 02:54 AM
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Ok, so many of you have heard me reference that Laurel has lost weight. When I met hubby, she first weighed in at a whopping 21 lbs. I don't have any pictures of her specifically demonstating her "fat" but here are a few to give you a general idea...this is 9 months ago...



Before...21 lbs









After...12 lbs...she still might have 1 lb to go, I can't quite decide. Her ribs are still difficult to feel...


Even her fat little face lost weight...


You can literally see her residual fat rolls but not that bad







...Kinda wanted to post this, so that everyone could see that it IS possible to get a chi to lose weight. Over 8 months she lost 9 lbs, and has maintained for one. And she's way healthier now!

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Old 07-12-2010, 02:59 AM
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OMG how awesome!!! What is it that you guys did to help her lose the weight?
My Britney is about 5.5-6 pounds, and she should weigh around 4, since her current weight is toooo much for her little legs.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:04 AM
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OMG that is awesome! Great job Mom on getting her down to a healthier weight!
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wow that's an amazing difference she looks so much brighter and healthier!! I sent Ninja to go live with my OH for the summer last summer while Baby-Love had her pups because he didn't take to them tat well and I felt bad that I couldn't give him the love he needed while I was raising these babies anyways when I got him back he was 11lbs!! looked horrible about to pop 1 year later I got him to 8lbs he looks soooo much better I would like to cut him back more. I can't believ you got her to lose that much in so little time what was your secret? I cut his food back and take him for runs offleash at the park daily except in the winter because he's half hairless and has sensitive toes in the cold. I am thinking of putting him back on a weight control food. I feel like I am starving him with the tiny amount of food he gets He is major food obsessed if u rop anything its gone b4 it even hits the ground lol really would love to hear your tips I'd like to get him down 2 more lbs if possible
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That's incredible! Good work Laurel, and you!
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OMG how awesome!!! What is it that you guys did to help her lose the weight?
My Britney is about 5.5-6 pounds, and she should weigh around 4, since her current weight is toooo much for her little legs.
First off, she got so fat because she was sneaking food on a daily basis from a rather blase standard poodle...plus her own food...plus climbing on the table and eating scraps (boys would just leave 'em there), and was on a high cal dog food, too. She also had run of about 40 acres, and went out and knawed on dead deer and goodness knows what else, and also found a few garbage cans often enough to get into. Plus the poodle she lived with would tip over garbage cans, and they'd have a hay day.

It was hard, and we felt mean, but via our vet's advice, we cut her down to literally 12 lowfat kibbles (Innova Low Fat Adult) per meal twice a day, along with 1/3 cup frozen french cut green beans, thawed and warmed, and 1/3 cup warm water. This made her feel "full". At first she turned her nose up at the green beans but got over it. This was the whole first 3 months. Then she got upped to 15 kibble, same amount of green beans, only a bit less water. The second 3 months, I bought canned food to mix in with the green beans rather than kibble, because it gave it more "flavor" that could be mixed around. It was about 2 spoonfuls per meal. I don't remember how I figured the calorie amounts, but she could get "more" food this way, and more flavor to make the beans more palatable.

She got NO TREATS, NO TABLE SCRAPS, NADA. If someone asked if they could give her a treat, the answer was NO, sorry. Does she look like she needs it? It was winter and streets were covered in ice, so we didn't really exercise her.

She *HAD* to lose weight, she has a leg that was run over as a young pup and if the weight didn't get off of it, she was going to get arthritis in it really bad and have to have it amputated...so we just did what we had to do.

Its hard and you feel like you're starving them, but you get somewhere.

The last 2 months of the diet, she was getting 1/8 cup of Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul Low Fat dog food...dry...I think she honestly missed the green beans LOL.

She is maintaining on about 100 calories a day as a 12 lb dog. This summer she has been exercised regularly, but her metabolism is just extra slow. I didn't have her thyroid checked, but probably should. Just been to the vet so many times lately with all the puppies its been ridiculous! She gets 1/8th cup twice a day now of the Fromm Four Star Nutritionals, as well as the occasional treat. We weigh her weekly to make sure the weight isn't sneaking back on.

You will feel mean, but you CAN do it, and you WILL be glad you did.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:16 AM
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I forgot, about 3 months ago, 3 days a week I started giving her some salmon oil (one pump, one meal of the 3 days), to help with her coat and it helped loads...her skin was dry and flaky because she wasn't getting the fat she was used to, or probably needed, but the weight needed to be gone!
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:27 AM
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Found one other before/after set...hubby holding her...





Definitely glad she lost the weight lol.
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