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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.
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?..."
1) Jewel - gone from this world
2) Maddie - the current princess (orange one)
3) Max - my goofy rescue (cream one)