Our 4 1/2 year old Cody needs to lose some weight - his previous family fed him Alpo
I have carefully switched to Mounds Dog Power Lamb & Rice but am somewhat concerned about his poops. They are ENORMOUS although firm. I guess I am used to my Chessie's smaller more "lady like" poops. (We had another set of food issues with her however and I will not feed Cody the only food she seemed to tolerate))
I am probably opening a huge can of worms here - but does anyone have any food advice or suggestions? I have been replacing about a half cup or so of food with green beans and severely limiting extras.
Thank you in advance for your patience and good humor with a "breed newbie"
Big poops usually mean you are feeding a food with a lot of filler. I checked out Mounds on their site - it is a local product not available nationally it seems. While it looks like OK dog food, there is only one meat source in the top 5 ingredients.
How much are you feeding him and how much activity does he get?
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
He is getting 2 1/2 cups twice a day - 5 cups total. His average activity is 2 or 3 walks of 20 minutes or more plus a couple shorter walks. Also 4 or 5 retrieving sessions in the yard - about 10 to 15 minutes each. We have a nice sized yard so he gets some good running in during this time. Usually we quit when he slows down or puts the ball down and lays down.
5 cups a day is alot. On average, most get 1-1/2 cups twice a day for 3 cups total.
How much does he weigh?
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holy cow that is a ton of food for an older, less active dog. You could start by cutting back to 1.5 c. twice a day, and you could still add the green beans. You'll see a big difference.
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We will cut back and see what happens - he acts starved now so this will be interesting.
In August he was at 103# - down from 110 in February. The people we adopted him from just received the balance of his vet records (they have been real good about sending them to me) and when I have them I will make an appointment with our vet.
My 26" tall Chocolate of average build is 82#. 103 is way over the breed standard. Unless he is really, really tall I would want him lower than 90#. I agree with cutting him back to 1.5 cups per meal. He'll get used to it.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
That is a lot of food. Erns gets about 1.5 a day too. I have to be very careful with his weight as he has H.D. and if in winter he isn't swimming I just cut it back some days. When I am away Garry over feeds him so I have to cut it back and he looses the extra pounds. Ernie always looses weight in summer when he swims.
My Champ is a very tall boy, easily 26" at the shoulder, weighs just about 100 pounds now (perfect for his size), and gets 1 cup twice a day with a bedtime snack of 1/2 can of green beans and ~1/4 cup of kibble.
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy