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Old 08-19-2017, 08:32 PM
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So next month is Jr's Birthday and basically every year I buy them non stuffed/ stuffed toys.
This year I kinda want to go a bit different.
Jr has never had a kong and he's gonna turn 4. Is it one of those things where he might not be interested in it since he didn't have it as a puppy? Also sizing he's at about 18/19 pounds. Should I get him a x-small or small? Do they have a sizing chart I couldn't find one the PetSmart site.
I was also thinking about a Chuck-It ball. He loves ball. But I'm also wondering if I should get him small or medium size ball. I have fear if I get him too small he swallow it. But a ball too big must be uncomfortable chewing on it.
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:42 AM
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I think a small kong would be good. Do you have any balls at home that you could bring with you to size the chuck-it ball? I would, like you said, be afraid of a ball that is too small. Good luck. You can stuff the kong with food, his, or yours! and freeze it. Lasts a long time that way.
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Old 08-22-2017, 03:39 PM
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I thought about it and I don't think I'll get the kong. I don't really give my dog treats. I did buy a couple bags at PetSmart over the weekend (they had a sale)
Plus Jr literally just eats kibble for breakfast and dinner. Gets a treat on Saturday and Sunday. And he's always naturally been on the chunky side. Last year he was about 15 pounds and now he's about 18/19. And he's only 3.
I'm having a difficult time not feeling bad for only giving him kibble and not giving him a treat.
All the other dogs stay slim and they eat pretty much the same. Jojo eats the same amount of kibble as him.
I know I can look into "weight management" foods but he's not to the point where he needs that. But I also don't want to get him there either
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The Kong package will give the weight range. Depending on chewing style, you could probably go with a small or a medium. As for the weight gain, you don't need a different food to get him to lose weight. 3 pounds on 15 pound dog is a 20% weight gain, which is a big deal in my opinion. I would just cut his food back up to 25%. You should easily be able to feel a dog's ribs with the pressure of petting. It should feel like the back of your hand.

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My one main issue is that a family member of mine had 2 dogs that was about 60 pounds. The entire dogs life the vet (they had the same vet since they were puppies) continuously told her you need them to lose weight. She even once put them on low calorie kibble. Both dogs got cancer. One became extremely thin and stopped eating and the same vet was to the point saying give the dog whatever she'll eat because she needs something in her. But the dog wouldn't eat. The other one also got a type of cancer but she got a very extended belly but wouldn't eat anything. And the same vet told her to get anything she would eat.
I understand that this is insane to probably everyone but these dogs were like 10 pounds overweight and she was always trying to feed them less. And at the end they didn't want to eat anything at all.
Jr will also go through phases where he refuses to eat his meals and I'd feel so bad if one day he stops eating completely and there I was trying to feed him less his entire life.
She did everything in her power to keep the 2 dogs alive even with blood transfusions. But eventually one had to be put down and the other passed on her own in the vets office.
I also understand their is a difference between over weight and obese. I'd obviously would change his food intake
He eats a cup and 1/3 does that mean I'd only give him a cup?
I'll give more thought to it
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:05 PM
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There is a computer that my vet has that has the calories that MOST dogs fall into. I think I remember that your dog weighs about 12-13 pounds? My biggest chi weighs about 9 pounds, one weighs 7 pounds and the little one weighs 4 pounds. They all get the same amount! The 9 pounder is on a weight control food and gets 1/4 of a can a day. I also give her and the other treats during the day, so I give less at a 'meal'. The others get 1/8th of a cup of kibble with some broth, and sometimes a little cheese, left over gravy etc. My advice is to give less at a meal and continue with treats? I'd start with 3/4 cup and give a few treats during the day.
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:06 PM
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I think I remember that the vet told me that my chihuahuas needed 200 calories a day to maintain their weight.
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:19 PM
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You give them broth and gravy daily?
Technically though he gets a treat only on Saturday and Sunday.
I don't want to give him any more than he's already getting to be honest.
I'll see the calories on what's he's eating
The thing is that he's a Chihuahua mix and also he was about 15 pounds and he's about 19 now. And it's been a year.
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