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Is you pooch portly or feline fat? Pet Obesity Website
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Ernie Ward, DVM posted:
This is an independent (aka not affiliated with any company) group that provides lots of information on pet obesity and how to help you pet lose weight (or stay trim!). Whether you want to know how much you should feed your pet or how many calories is in your pet food, this is a good reference.
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ssjbsa responded:
We adopted a 2 year old blue heeler/chihuahua. He weighs 19 pounds and is approx. 12-14 inches tall. When we first got him, he was slender and weighed 17 pounds, very skittish and shy. He is now very happy, plays alot, still skittish, but we expected that with his breed. Our concern is that he is always hungry. We feed him Ultra (about 1/2-2/4 cup) with a spoonful of canned. We just want to make sure we are not over feeding him. His bowels seem fine and is not over or under "going". Thanks!
 
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ponyrun2 replied to ssjbsa's response:
I would first check with your vet... have him/her evaluate the dogs body condition and possibly check for any worms/parasites... if the vet is happy with the dog's weight and body condition and there are no worms or parasites then just keep doing what you are doing...

Do you know anything about the dog's past ? I have a 9 month old Coonhound(?) mix that could eat 24/7 if I let her... she's healthy and the vet is happy with her weight (52#) and body condition... I think a lot of my puppy's feeding issues stem from the fact (as I was told) she was terribly underfed before I got her... I think she still has the mindset, even after 3 months in my home, that food isn't always going to be available so she has to eat as much of it as she can when she can regardless of whether she's actually hungry or not at the time... I've been able to get her over her severe anxiety when being fed (she'd goes nuts, jumping, barking, extremely excited, she even nipped me in the butt once) but she still gulps her food down in less than 30 seconds and keeps looking for more... I found she LOVES carrots, so as a healthly low-calorie treat I'll give her a couple of carrots (they also help satisfy her urge to chew)...
 
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ssjbsa replied to ponyrun2's response:
I know that they had one other dog that they had and when the other children came home and brought their animals, they had a hard time with him getting along with the pets and soon the kids. I believe he was very jealous and probably didn't get the attention or food that he was used to.
I had not thought of carrots, what a good idea! He does love peanut butter and that is what I give him is 1/2 benadryl pill in at night. Sometimes I even give it to him around lunch time, only about 1 teaspoon though. I didn't want to overdo it.
He does eat in about 30 seconds also...bless his heart. He is precious and don't know what we would do if anything happened to him. This is our first inside pet. Our last dog was 1/2 chow & 1/2 german shepherd, needless to say he stayed outside! We had since 5 weeks old and he passed away 5 years ago at the ripe old age of 16....
 
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ponyrun2 replied to ssjbsa's response:
They do make pet bowls with projections in them that are supposed to help slow down your pet's eating... I tried my version by putting some of Marley's bones in her dish.... it didn't work too well... instead of 30 seconds it took her 60 seconds to finish...

What I have learned over my lifetime of having pets is that what we as owners might think is skinny for our pets is actually their correct weight... that is why I suggest you ask you vet their opinion on his body condition and not just what the scale says... you can also google "Canine Body Condition Scoring" to evaluate it yourself although I have seen a few different charts and it can get a little confusing...


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