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    DefaultFatty Frankie. Carrot question!

    Frankie was at the vet on Saturday for his yearly, and he needs to lose about 10 pounds. He weighed in at 84 pounds.

    So. I think the biggest culprit are their cookies. I noticed the jar goes down alot daily after the dog walker comes. I traded in the cookies for carrots, but I'm wondering if there's a limit to how many he should have? I'm thinking fiber-wise. He had a yucky poop on Saturday...I think I gave them too many (5 maybe?).

    I also bought Charlee-Bear treats since they are so tiny, and I left a note for dog walker this morning.




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    DefaultRe: Fatty Frankie. Carrot question!

    You have to watch the sugar content of carrots = calories.

    You could figure out how much kibble he is to get in a day. From that, take a handful and set aside and from that handful, make that his "treats" for the day.

    Other than overfeeding, might have them run a thyroid on him if he does not loose weight after his diet.

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    DefaultRe: Fatty Frankie. Carrot question!

    Other than overfeeding, might have them run a thyroid on him if he does not loose weight after his diet.
    That's exactly what Dr. H. suggested...hypothyroidism (sp?) is a possibility. Good idea about the food=treats.
    Thanks Betsy!




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    DefaultRe: Fatty Frankie. Carrot question!

    When one of my dogs was ordered to lose weight, I started feeding all natural treats instead of Milkbones, Beggin' Strips, etc. A friend makes them for me and I get the tidbit size (about the size of a quarter) and they only get 1 at a time. It really helped!

    You can get them anywhere but here's her website so you can see the ingredients:
    www.k9cookiesandcakes.com

    As a former dog walker, I was guilty of giving extra treats I'm sure your dog walker will understand not to go overboard.

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    DefaultRe: Fatty Frankie. Carrot question!

    I'm sure your dog walker will understand not to go overboard.
    I hope the note didn't sound rude. I wrote "Frankie needs to lose some weight, so easy on the cookies please. There is a tub of carrots in the fridge, please give them each one when you leave."



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    DefaultRe: Fatty Frankie. Carrot question!

    Amy, I don't think that sounded rude. A lot of times people equate food with love for their dogs. I know I made the same mistake with Henery when he was little. I was going to suggest the same thing, to keep back a portion of their kibble for treats.

    Carrots are good, though I've found that they can set off Hen's ears if he has too many (he gets yeasty gungy ears).


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    DefaultRe: Fatty Frankie. Carrot question!

    How much dog food are you actually feeding?

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    Can they each get a half carrot instead? Or can some food be replaced with canned green beans? We did that when Jake's weight ballooned a bit, replaced 1/4 c kibble with 1/3 c green beans and cut out all treats except carrots, green beans, bananas and sweet potatoes.

    Dehydrated (or baked at low temp for a long time) sweet potato "chips" make great treats too.

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    DefaultRe: Fatty Frankie. Carrot question!

    How much dog food are you actually feeding?
    All 3 get a little less than 1/2 cup in the a.m. and the same in the p.m.



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    DefaultRe: Fatty Frankie. Carrot question!

    Quote Originally Posted by jzgrlduff
    How much dog food are you actually feeding?
    All 3 get a little less than 1/2 cup in the a.m. and the same in the p.m.
    What are you feeding? My 20lb jack russell gets that amount of food a day! If your dogs aren't losing quite a bit of weight, I'd suspect something going on healthwise. They aren't getting any food anywhere else? How much exercise do they get?

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