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Best dog food for weightloss?

Hi everyone,

I am ashamed to say that somehow Noah is up to almost 94 pounds
He really should be about 77! I have had to switch his dog food like 3 times over the last year because of skin allergies ( dermatitis loves him, he gets it several times a year). Finally I had settled on Wellness Simple limited ingredient dog food (lamb and rice, but they just changed the formula to oatmeal). I know both he and I were a little stressed from the food change because I have to do it slowly and wait to make sure it doesn't flare anything up and he was up many a middleofthenight for bathroom runs.. I mean he is mostly ok but sometimes you not know with his skin.
Anyway, so I left it with Wellness for awhile and now I am getting notices from the vet that he needs to really loose weight! I looked at him when we got home and it hit me- he does look like a snausage!! lol. And he got called bubba at the vet when the front desk girl led us into the exam room... first red flag.

I just looked up the calories for the lamb wellness simple and it is 406 a cup and 12% fat. That seems a lot! Noah gets 2 cups a day.. 812 calories.
Yeah then I heard calories of the Milkbone large biscuits... 120 for 1! My mom would give him 2 because thought 1 wasn't enough. He has been through several bulk size boxes over the year. So I KNOW those must contributed. But he hasn't had them for several months now. So all I have been left with is his food and lower calorie treats. Lower calorie than 120 anyway! Somedays he doesn't even get treats.

Ok... So now I am switching to veggies only treats until this is resolved. He is not picky so I know he will eat them.

But can anyone recommend a food for weightloss? Should I go with a reduced fat? Or just find a food with less calories?

I was eyeing the FROMM Reduced Activity and Senior 367 cal/cup, 11% fat. I mean he just turned 6 but he isn't very active. I mean I plan on walking him more for exercise of course!!
The only thing is I worry about his allergies.. It is made with egg and has brewers yeast. He just had a yeast infection on his skin. Got meds and it cleared up though. Dealing with dermatitis now.

Sorry I am all over the place! Anyone have experience with FROMM (seeing how people consider it top notch) or have recommendations?

Thanks so much!
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Buddy is very active and eats 2 cups of FROMM Chicken a la veg daily. He is about 90 pounds but is active for at least 4-5 hours daily running around. He now loves to play in the sprinklers with the neighbors kids. He generally only get homemade treats mostly fruit, veggies, and dehydrated meats/chicken. He is doing great on it and so are the Yorkies. They all happy dance at feeding time.

If your guy eats a little less and moves a little more weight loss should be simple especially with high cal. treats eliminated. Swimming is a great low impact but high calorie burning activity.

I do what I like and like what I do. Yorkies- Cozy (4/1/06), Roxy & Zoey (2/11/08), Lucy (4/6/09); Golden- Buddy (4/13/09- Rescued 12/11) Maine Coon cats- Mika (1998) and Tallulah (2000)
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I have Ry on Fromm too. He was on the Salmon and now is on Duck and Sweet Potato. He loves it. He is also on 2 cups per day!
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You guys think it will be ok with the yeast and egg? Do your babies get allergies?
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Mine don't have food allergies. Buddy is allergic to fleas and ticks. He gets actual human grade Brewer's yeast daily and eggs on the weekend (sometimes cooked or sometimes raw). The Yorkies also get eggs.

If he has been doing well in Wellness other than weight gain- Why not just cut the amount down and give veggies as treats.

I do what I like and like what I do. Yorkies- Cozy (4/1/06), Roxy & Zoey (2/11/08), Lucy (4/6/09); Golden- Buddy (4/13/09- Rescued 12/11) Maine Coon cats- Mika (1998) and Tallulah (2000)
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Instead of switching dog food, can you up his daily activity (so he's not sleeping all day) and getting him out for a regular 1 hour walk every single day?

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Instead of switching dog food, can you up his daily activity (so he's not sleeping all day) and getting him out for a regular 1 hour walk every single day?
I am shooting for a 45 min walk no less than 30. Excersice yes, but no food hange? Will that be enough? At just the 812 calories for only food no treats that would still leave him over I think. If I go by the 10 cal/pound rule I was thinking to get a food that left him in the 700 cal a day range. No? Too fast?
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I am shooting for a 45 min walk no less than 30. Excersice yes, but no food hange? Will that be enough? At just the 812 calories for only food no treats that would still leave him over I think. If I go by the 10 cal/pound rule I was thinking to get a food that left him in the 700 cal a day range. No? Too fast?
I think my main concern about switching dog food is because you mentioned skin issues related to dog food and you went through three different dog foods before starting this one and apparently getting issues to settle down.

Daily exercise and more general activity throughout the day will help.

The other thing is getting the thyroid checked. Sometimes your adult dogs who pack on pounds and don't lose weight when they should be, in addition to shedding a lot more than normal, and having skin issues like repeat ear infections and hot spots... these could be signs of thyroid problems.

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Try Chicken Soup For the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light. It has around 290 kcal/cup. My parents have been feeding it for a while. It help their dog lose weight big time!!
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Use the same food you have been successful with, but just give less. Oh, and get his thyroid tested. Brooks also ballooned up to 94 lb, and didn't drop an ounce (even though I reduced his food by 25% for 6 weeks).
After he was put on Rx for hypothyroidism, he dropped 20 lb over 12 months.
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