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Dottie

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Re: Weight control
« Reply #15 on: Nov 02, 2014, 16:59 »
I often think that it would be easier if all the food companies listed the calories per 100g. However, from what I have read this measurement would seem to be less helpful for dogs than it is for humans.  Clearly activity level plays a large part in calorie requirement and dogs vary so much in how active they are,  what their metabolic rate is and whether they are neutered.

The update on my two who have been on a diet is positive. I weighed them this morning and I am pleased to say that they are now at the level that I want them to be.  This has been achieved by returning them to Gentle, albeit at a considerably smaller amount than the 1% of body weight recommended daily allowance plus some extra brown rice.  They have also had an extra walk on as many days as possible.  I now need to increase their food a little because I don't want them to lose any more so have started that this afternoon.  I have quite a bit of Nutriment to use up so am giving it to the two younger ones but again, at a little lower amount than the 2% of body weight.  Once that is finished I will probably stick with the Gentle as it suits them so well. 
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Re: Weight control
« Reply #16 on: Nov 20, 2014, 13:22 »
High protein, High fat, low carbs will give you the best chance of weight loss, provided that you find the correct amount to balance the calories eaten with the calories burned off.

The dogs use proteins and fats first and carbs last so any excess carbs are likely to be stored as body fat.

reduce the food by 10% at a time as more than that can result in feelings of hunger or vomiting of bile and monitor after a week or two, then fine tune more if desired. always weigh the food on a digital kitchen scale for accuracy, never use a scoop as product densities can very batch to batch.

also be very careful of treats which can be much higher in calories than you may expect, replace with raw carrots or similar low calorie foods (they may not get fully digested, but at least they aren't likely to cause any problems

an increase in exercise of 10% will also help, (6 minutes extra per hour)

hope this helps

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Re: Weight control
« Reply #17 on: Nov 23, 2014, 11:29 »
Thank you for the general advice about securing weight loss. Weighing food is certainly essential in any attempt to control weight.  At £6.99 from Argos, my digital scales are very good value for money.  Anyway, I think that for some people the high protein/high fat and low carbohydrate might well be the way to go.

I weighed my two this morning and their weight is now spot on so I am well pleased.   :)   For my dogs low fat and moderate carbohydrate in the form of brown rice has been OK;  their poo is much better than when they were on just raw food. I now know exactly how much they need to maintain their weight and it is remaining steady.  Perhaps there is more than one way to secure weight loss and we must all decide for ourselves which way to go.  What I do think is essential is the higher protein because if the dog doesn't get this, weight loss might result in loss of muscle rather than fat.  Although the protein is good in Gentle I am adding a small topper in the form of either sardines or turkey to raise it a little more. 
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Re: Weight control
« Reply #18 on: Dec 28, 2018, 15:22 »
There is a useful section on obesity dogs and cats in this video by holistic vet Nick Thompson.  He discusses the role of carbohydrates and fat in the diet. The piece is at circa 38 minutes. It is challenging for those of us who have thought that low fat is needed to reduce weight.
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