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:doh:eek:k, now I am totally confused...my vet awhile back said that I should be feeding no more than 1 cup per mean 2X per day. I was feeding my golden Innova regular dog kibble (large bites) with that instruction. Noah has gained about 5 pounds more than he should weigh. He is probably ok but I don't want him gaining anymore..
Apparently the regular is high in calories. I switched to the reduced fat but should I still be feeding him on 1 cup per meal (2 meals)?
I would like to go back to the Innova regular but am afraid the high cal. will keep the scale going up overtime. I feel like less than 1 cup per meal tho if I cut back the amount is not enough and I don't want to sub green beans as they aren't nutritionally what he needs over time for weight matinence..
Should I go back to the regular or stick with the reduced fat (more fillers in that tho) ?
 

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GoldenKeeper:

If you've already started the Innova Reduced Fat, it's fine for rapid short-term weight loss purposes (though you'll probably have to feed a lot more of it because it has far fewer calories per cup), but for most dogs the regular Adult formula is a better choice for long term/maintenance (with only 45% carbs compared to 57% in the RF formula). In addition to fewer grains, the higher protein and fat contents also benefit Goldens. So long as your dog is getting adequate calories* there is nothing wrong with adding some green beans or other healthly bulk to the diet (i.e. carrots, apples, pumpkin, etc) - so long as it's shredded small enough to be digestable to the dog, it IS nutritionally beneficial to him (especially as fiber - the Innova Adult is rather low in fiber).

If a healthy weight can't be maintained on the Adult Innova, the California Natural Adult Chicken & Rice (by the same makers as Innova) might be a better alternative. Even though it has about the same calorie count/cup as the Innova Adult, it's between the two Innovas in terms of fat and protein and still keeps the grains in control with a 48% carb count (not to mention it's great for the coats and usually a hair less expensive than Innova), making is great for weight loss/maintenance. Again, the extras can be applied (this CN formula is also low in fiber).

*If your dog is getting ~1000 calories per day now, try cutting back by 50-100 calories at a time until you reach what works best for maintaining your dog's waistline. :)
 

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I feed my dog Innova adult and she only eats 1 3/4 cups per day (equals about 882 calories). She used to eat a little bit more but I cut her back to this amount because she was starting to gain weight and I realized it is high in calories. She's probably right around 60 lbs, I haven't weighed her recently.
 

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I feed my dog Innova adult and she only eats 1 3/4 cups per day (equals about 882 calories). She used to eat a little bit more but I cut her back to this amount because she was starting to gain weight and I realized it is high in calories. She's probably right around 60 lbs, I haven't weighed her recently.
Second that advice. I usually find a daily amount of 300 calories for every 20 pounds of dog (in the Innova Adult's nutritional range) to maintain an ideal weight for lower-moderately active, healthy dogs.
 

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Generally the only thing you're paying for with the 'lower calorie' foods is fiber. In other words, they take the regular food, add fiber to bulk it up and charge you the same amount per cup. I'd rather feed the regular food, but just feed less. You can add green beans to it if you need to add bulk.

As for the 2 cups a day thing, I find it a bit silly, humans don't all eat EXACTLY the same amount of food per day, some can eat more, some can eat less. Dogs are the same way, some need more food than others, it varies. Storee eats 2.5-3 lbs a day and is 'ok', her brother (who is a lot bigger) is solid on 2 lbs a day and her sister (same size as Storee) is too heavy on 1 lb a day. The rest of the litter is anywhere from 1-3 lbs a day. In other words if they all got fed the same amount some would be too thin and some would be coffee tables.

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Thanks for this post, Garfield. It was really useful and informative.

GoldenKeeper:

If you've already started the Innova Reduced Fat, it's fine for rapid short-term weight loss purposes (though you'll probably have to feed a lot more of it because it has far fewer calories per cup), but for most dogs the regular Adult formula is a better choice for long term/maintenance (with only 45% carbs compared to 57% in the RF formula). In addition to fewer grains, the higher protein and fat contents also benefit Goldens. So long as your dog is getting adequate calories* there is nothing wrong with adding some green beans or other healthly bulk to the diet (i.e. carrots, apples, pumpkin, etc) - so long as it's shredded small enough to be digestable to the dog, it IS nutritionally beneficial to him (especially as fiber - the Innova Adult is rather low in fiber).

If a healthy weight can't be maintained on the Adult Innova, the California Natural Adult Chicken & Rice (by the same makers as Innova) might be a better alternative. Even though it has about the same calorie count/cup as the Innova Adult, it's between the two Innovas in terms of fat and protein and still keeps the grains in control with a 48% carb count (not to mention it's great for the coats and usually a hair less expensive than Innova), making is great for weight loss/maintenance. Again, the extras can be applied (this CN formula is also low in fiber).

*If your dog is getting ~1000 calories per day now, try cutting back by 50-100 calories at a time until you reach what works best for maintaining your dog's waistline. :)
 
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