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Overweight senior with arthritis?

Hey everyone, I'm new to the site and I'm not certain if this is the right place to post... but!

I am bringing home our sweet girl tomorrow. She was an orphan and we adopted her. She's 10 years old and has arthritis in her hips. The vet at the rescue organization (Adopt-A-Golden Birmingham) said she needs to lose 10-15 pounds. So basically I was wondering if Blue Buffalo Chicken & Brown Rice Healthy Weight formula would be better than the senior formula for her? She has arthritic hips and is a little stiff when she stands up and first starts walking around.

She's currently on blue chicken & rice at her foster home, so I didn't want to completely change foods since that would likely upset her belly.

You can kind of see her tummy in this picture. When you rub her belly it's obvious she has some weight to lose.
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So I said she has arthritis three times... It's almost bed time... lol
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I am not a BB feeder, so I can't comment on that. However, my first golden never ate senior food and in the last year of her life she needed the extra calories in puppy food.

For the arthritis I would recommend Sasha's Blend. My girl started on it when she was 15, and it helped her until the end. She never needed anything else for her hips and she was almost 17 when she died.

Swimming is also great for her hips and to help her she'd a few pounds.

Congratulations on your new dog.
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I have never read anything good about senior or weight foods mainly because allot of them have lower protein and fat which means more carbs and that is. Of what you want to help with weight.
What if you keep her on the food she is on but cut back a little bit and up her exercise if you can. Also you can add un salted green beans to make her feel fuller when you cut back the food.
Thanks for rescuing a senior! She is beautiful.
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See I was nervous about the senior food because I was under the misconception that like puppy food, it would be higher in calories since a lot of seniors lose weight. But the guy at PetCo said it's actually the opposite! Either way, I ended up going with the healthy weight because it had the same amount of glucosamine that the senior variety had but had more fiber, less fat, and about the same protein.

Thank you for your input, and I will definitely look into Sasha's Blend.

I also plan to see how Mollie does in the water once it warms up just a little bit. She was chained up in a back yard for NINE YEARS. Then she was brought to the rescue and now she's coming home with me. So basically, I just don't know if she's ever been in the water. I DO know she will voluntarily hop right into the bathtub and turn the water on. lol. I have high hopes for her to be a swimmer. I know it's great for the hips and great exercise. She has no interest in fetch... she just watches the ball then looks back at me like, "you gonna go get that? cause I'm happy when I'm closer to you." lol. Some retriever she is.
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Hi!
I have never read anything good about senior or weight foods mainly because allot of them have lower protein and fat which means more carbs and that is. Of what you want to help with weight.
What if you keep her on the food she is on but cut back a little bit and up her exercise if you can. Also you can add un salted green beans to make her feel fuller when you cut back the food.
Thanks for rescuing a senior! She is beautiful.
I will definitely talk to the vet and see what he thinks about the healthy weight food. Thanks for letting me know! Also, I had never even thought about adding a little raw food to her diet for a low-cal, filler-upper. Such a good idea. Veggies are good for all of us!

My heart went out to this beautiful dog while I was her handler at an adoption event, and I knew by the end of the event that she would be coming home with me. I said a few prayers, went through the adoption process, and sweet girl is coming home for good tomorrow! We are a bunch of happy campers around here right now. Even my yorkie has missed her. (We fostered her the night of the adoption event). My yorkie crawls on top of her and gives her kisses.. and well. it's just the sweetest thing I've ever seen!
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I will definitely talk to the vet and see what he thinks about the healthy weight food. Thanks for letting me know! Also, I had never even thought about adding a little raw food to her diet for a low-cal, filler-upper. Such a good idea. Veggies are good for all of us!

My heart went out to this beautiful dog while I was her handler at an adoption event, and I knew by the end of the event that she would be coming home with me. I said a few prayers, went through the adoption process, and sweet girl is coming home for good tomorrow! We are a bunch of happy campers around here right now. Even my yorkie has missed her. (We fostered her the night of the adoption event). My yorkie crawls on top of her and gives her kisses.. and well. it's just the sweetest thing I've ever seen!
She is a very lucky girl for you to have found her. I would love to see more pics of her and your Yorkie as well!
I will warn you not many vets know much about nutrition. I graduated from Vet Assistant school and we had one class on nutrition. Not much to learn from that especially when the dogs and cats we housed at school ate the dreaded Science Diet.
I had actually adopted a dog from school and they had me believing that the Iams Premium Protection was good stuff for my new boy because he seemed to have a sensitive stomach.
After I graduated I started researching nutrition and such and am actually on my way to feeding my dogs raw, but that is a whole nother story.
Right now my 3 big dogs eat Nutrisource Performance and my little girl is eating Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon.
So anyways sorry to get off track. I just take what most vets say with a grain of salt.
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Well that's disheartening. If I can't trust my vet, the "expert," how do I know who to listen to?

Raw probably is the way to go.
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Well that's disheartening. If I can't trust my vet, the "expert," how do I know who to listen to?

Raw probably is the way to go.
I'm sorry I didn't mean to give you the wrong impression of vets. They still usually know what they are doing for all the medical stuff. and holistic vets encourage better diets because they have studied more on nutrition.
I am not saying raw is the only way to go. BB is a good kibble IMO. So is Fromm, Earthborn Holistics, Nutrisource, and Native.
I just do my own research.
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lol I wasn't completely discouraged about vets with everything. I just believe nutrition is something they should all have a good grip on since it can drastically affect the health of an animal. I live in Birmingham, so I think I can probably find a holistic vet who knows a little something about nutrition.

Thanks so much for the information! I had never even heard of a holistic vet.
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