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Is weight control food OK?

My dog is close to 2 years old and she is 70 lbs. I think she is overweight and I have been thinking about feed her weight control food. Is it a bad idea? Maybe I can mix it with the regular dog food?
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If she is overweight, I would suggest gradually reducing how much you feed of her regular food, perhaps add some plain canned pumpkin to fill the gap if need be, and increase her exercise some if you can.


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Rather than change your dog's food, I would suggest feeding him less. Here is a link to a calculator to help figure how much to feed.

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Try feeding him the amount of food required for his ideal weight.
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Any pictures of her to tell if she looks overweight? I'd probably just cut back on food and table scraps if she gets any. And exercise more too as others have suggested. Good luck!

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I have tried the 'light' foods for my dogs and they don't work.
I agree with everybody that said to decrease the amount of food given, might also want to make several small meals instead of one or two big meals. It worked well that way for my boys.
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One of the lowest calorie non prescription foods is Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul *Adult Light*

It has decent ingredients compared to many weight control foods. My parents have used it for their female that is overweight and she has done really well on it. They tried a few light foods and this is the best one!! It is also a decent price, about $40 for 33lbs.


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I always added green beans to a reduced quantity of the food my dog was already on. It worked. Exercise upped of course.

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At 70 pounds that puts her at 127% of the max standard weight for bitches, so she is almost certainly overweight.

I'm in the camp that thinks that cutting back on the regular food is probably the smartest way to go. In weight control foods, you're simply paying for bulk. Cutting back on the food will do it, and if you want to make up some of the bulk yourself, unsalted canned green beans can do it (though they're not necessary).
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You may want to have her checked for Thyroid problems. My Summer was getting rather chubby so I tried reducing the amount of food I fed her, feeding twice a day, adding unsalted canned green beans and a using diet dog food.

Finally at the suggestion of Summers doctor I had her thyroid checked, and now she is on meds and doing much better. More slim and trim.

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It all depends on how much you are feeding her.

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