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How much do you feed?

One of my current Goldens (4 year old female) poses a real challenge keeping her weight down. We feed her quality food - Canidae, Blue, ... And it is their weight control varieties. But only .5 cup, 3 times/day. Total 1.5 cups/day. Seems to be a very small amount, doesn't even cover the bottom of her bowl. My 4 year old male Golden eats 4.5 cups/day and still maintains his trim.

She gets daily long walks and we find ways to get her running off-leash/swimming several times/week. But it is still very tough. Vet thinks she needs to lose 10-15 pounds. Hasn't tested her for thyroid issues, ...

Any suggestions of other things I should be looking at? I can't see cutting her food down any further (or swapping out some kibble for veggies) and more exercise is not practical - especially in the NC heat.

I know it is hard on her joints, makes it harder for her to tolerate the heat, ... so I want to do everything possible to help. But I am out of ideas.

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I'm curious why the vet hasn't tested yet for thyroid issues.

The amount you're feeding and exercising should not make for an overweight dog. I feed two cups a day and provide lots of exercise opportunity (like you) and my dog is quite slim and fit. Always has been.

The fact your other dog is slim and fit on more food suggests the thyroid might be the issue.

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Thanks very much.

I am taking my new rescue, Max, for his first vet visit on Monday. I think I will take Maddie with me, get her weighed, and talk to the vet about her weight again.

Anything I should be asking about, besides thyroid?

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From "Marley and Me" - " A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about?..."

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I agree about the thyroid. I can't imagine a dog being overweight eating 1.5 cups/day.

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I agree about checking with the vet about thyroid. Um... my guy was only eating 1.5 cups of food a day. I hated it. After we started him on the thyroid meds, he lost 5 pounds in two months and he's back to having a more normal two cups of food a day.

The only other thing I'd ask is if what else you are feeding your dog. Or how much treats, snacks, handouts, food filled kongs, etc... that you are giving your dog in a day.

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Thanks all very much.

The only other food she gets during the day is a small treat whenever she comes back in the house from going potty. We even went to a "low fat" variety of treats.

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From "Marley and Me" - " A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about?..."

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I would def. get her thyroid checked! Even if your vet is hesitant I would insist he checks it. That is a small amount of food. It sounds like you are trying but nothing is helping. Good luck and let us know!

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