Originally Posted by LittleHead
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.