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Old 02-13-2010, 04:22 AM
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I heard many times that male dogs gain weight after getting neutered. But I also researched it and found out it wasn't true.
Yet I got Tanner neutered back in Spetember, and he's been overweight ever since.
He gets the same amount of exercise as before (which is a ton due to his high energy) and I don't feed him too much.
Did anyone else ever have this problem? >.<
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My chihuahua gained more weight after he was neutered...but he was kinda too thin before...he plays the same extra...BUT he has a bigger appetite...before he would not finish his puppy food EVER...right after the neuter he started eating every bit of it...his eating became less picky too...
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Gaining weight after spaying or neutering is a fact. Removing the reproductive organs changes the hormones, and in effect changes the metabolism. If done to early in the growth phase, it can even change the normal growth pattern. My boy gained a full pound after his neuter almost immediately and he was 19 months old at the time of his surgery. It was a positive thing for him as he was too thin before. The best thing to do is too lower his food intake just a little at a time. That way his body gets used to less food and he won't seem hungry. Of course you still need to provide proper nutrition in an amount that keeps him overall healthy. You can change his food to a lower calorie version of the formula you are using. Just do it slow. Any kind of extra exercise, playing ball, a bit of chase, anything that gets him moving will help.



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I wish this were true for Brody. He was a picky eater and continues to be a hard keeper, even after his neuter. He is fit and lean now, but doesn't have an ounce of extra. He has a very fast metabolism though and is constantly playing or running around. I would like for him to gain a couple ounces so I have a little pad in case of illness. He is right on the edge of being too thin.
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I wish this were true for Brody. He was a picky eater and continues to be a hard keeper, even after his neuter. He is fit and lean now, but doesn't have an ounce of extra. He has a very fast metabolism though and is constantly playing or running around. I would like for him to gain a couple ounces so I have a little pad in case of illness. He is right on the edge of being too thin.
Once he gets a bit older and more settled (less play) he'll put on a few ounces.



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Once he gets a bit older and more settled (less play) he'll put on a few ounces.
oh when oh when will that be T!? He's 17 months old already!!
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oh when oh when will that be T!? He's 17 months old already!!
He is still very young. Lots of play left in him. As they age they settle a great deal. With him being very active, and a picky eater, that's what is keeping his weight down now. He may always be a picky eater, but once he settles it will add a few ounces. Not much, but probably enough to make you feel more comfy. He has such a small frame, so you won't want too much extra. It would be hard on his little legs and such. The longer/tall thin frame isn't as prone to weight issues. That is actually beneficial. Studies show thin dogs live a longer healthier life than those that are bigger.



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Okay I feel better now. I thought for sure someone would comment this and make me feel stupid. XD Tanner has a stoky build as it is, so the extra pound on him makes him so wide. His back is completely fat. I've been feeding him less and less. He always makes me feel bad when he sits there and digs at his bowl over and over again. Lol. So I guess by doing this I'm sort of shrinking his stomache? But I swear this dog could eat all day and never be full haha.

And Bailey's hard to keep weight on too. It got so bad to the point where his hip bones were vair prominent as were his ribs. The vet told me it's mostly because he's so muscular that it doesn't spread out evenly, so he wasn't as underweight as I thought. Sicne then he's packed on about two pounds, but we're still trying to add more. I hope when he gets neutered it makes it easier lol. I know I don't have to worry about him being a little tubby like Tanner.
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