How do I get my dog to loose weight?

June 1st, 2013 by Emily

Question: How do I get my dog to loose weight?
I have a nova scotia duck tolling retriever and she is about 20 pounds over weight we went to the vet and they didn’t know what to state and we never feed her plateau scraps and we give her iams weight control food and we take her for walks each day does anyone know what we should do?

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Answer by sh0paholic
There is no secret to losing weight :) Same thing goes for dogs and humans, they must consume right and exercise. Swimming is the best exercise for a dog, make sure you are feed good food and not just any cheap food you can find. Give her the amount she is suppose to have and reduce it by a little, make sure you exercise her its the only way!

Also watch for those calories on dog treats!

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7 Comments on “How do I get my dog to loose weight?”

  1. Rob says:

    maybe shes eating things when your not looking i recommend to keep a close eye on her

  2. lilfirefly87 says:

    dose she like to swim? my dogs wear themselves out with it, in other words its great exercise

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  4. Fetch! says:

    ~ Iams is horrible!!! Look at the ingredients. Change your dogs food. This stuff is junk in a bag.

    Corn Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Flavor, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Flax Meal, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Caramel, DL-Methionine, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.

    Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude Protein, minimum 20.0
    Crude Fat, minimum 10.0
    Crude Fat, maximum 12.5
    Crude Fiber, maximum 5.0
    Moisture, maximum 10.0
    L-Carnitine, minimum 30.0 mg/kg*
    Omega-6 Fatty, Acids minimum 2.0*
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.2*

    *Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

    Iams® ProActive Health™ Weight Control Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.

    Registered: October 2005
    Posts: 3534
    Review Date: Sun February 3, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0

    Pros: None
    Cons: Byproducts, inadequate meat content, mixed quality grain, controversial filler

    The main grain and main ingredient in the food is corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and that is commonly associated with allergy problems. Sorghum is decent quality, as is barley, but these are minor ingredients and this product is very heavy in grain content with little meat included for the canine.

    The second ingredient is byproducts. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of Chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice. The fifth ingredient in the food is a named meat product. This is not a meat meal, but is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once this is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. As ingredients are listed in order of weight, it is thus unlikely that this is truely the first ingredient in the food, but would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list as a minor ingredient in the food.

    Beet pulp is a controversial filler. It is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.

  5. Idahlia R says:

    You should go to a local dog park jog some if theres a local pool great! because dogs get lots of excersize by swimming play some fetch bring a travel water bowl and i would recomend science diet recommended by most vets if its a puppy get the puppy kind if its a dog get the dog kind and heres a pic

  6. pandaknowsall says:

    Well, for your dog to loose weight, it needs to be healthier.
    First of all, you could monitor when and what it eats. You could give it only 2-3 meals a day, the right proportion, the right food.
    Also, for excercising, maybe make the walks longer. Some dogs also like to swim, which is good excercise.

    I hope this helps some.

  7. Gene L says:

    well 4 my pits i give them gatoraid not water because water puts on water weight put them on a tread mill or catmill for about 45 mins then take them for a cooldown walk feed them a high protien diet and add creotine to ther food and pratice this method for 6 weeks this has always worked 4 me

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