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My dog has a relatively severe overweight problem after being fixed. I am so worried. I hope there could be a smart device/app whatever that can just help me keep track of her body fat and tell me how to keep my furrbaby healthy....Does anyone has similar problems? What should I do??
 

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I'd suggest bringing her to the vet and talking to them about a diet and exercise plan that's right for her. They'll be best able to help you determine how much to feed, what kinds of exercises are safe and healthy, and whether there's any underlying health issues causing her weight gain that need to be treated with medication.
 

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What DaySleeper said. Dogs are like us they get fat when they eat too much and exercise too little, and I've never seen a food amount recommendation whether on a bag of kibble or from raw feeders that isn't too much and puts weight on my dogs - spayed females. Then there's those treats....
 

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Weigh her now. Start but cutting everything you give your dog by 1/3 INCLUDING treats. Weigh her again in 2 weeks. If there is very little progress, cut her food again by 1/3. Rinse repeat. Do NOT go by the food amounts on the dog food bag!

Exercise has to start slowly.. easy walks at first... Gradually increase the distance and the terrain. Teach her to retrieve a thrown ball or toy. Start close to you and add distance gradually.

Of course run this past your vet if you want to!
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Hello everyone,
My dog has a relatively severe overweight problem after being fixed. I am so worried. I hope there could be a smart device/app whatever that can just help me keep track of her body fat and tell me how to keep my furrbaby healthy....Does anyone has similar problems? What should I do??
Tony Saprano said it best...
 

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I'd suggest bringing her to the vet and talking to them about a diet and exercise plan that's right for her. They'll be best able to help you determine how much to feed, what kinds of exercises are safe and healthy, and whether there's any underlying health issues causing her weight gain that need to be treated with medication.
Right, vet should be more much more reliable and helpful. Will do that. Thanks!
 

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Great to hear! It's so helpful to have someone knowledgeable who can observe your dog in person and help you determine what a good goal weight is, and recommend diets available to you locally if necessary. Wishing you lots of luck!
 

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Great to hear! It's so helpful to have someone knowledgeable who can observe your dog in person and help you determine what a good goal weight is, and recommend diets available to you locally if necessary. Wishing you lots of luck!
Definitely, thanks!
 

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Hello everyone,

My dog has a relatively severe overweight problem after being fixed. I am so worried. I hope there could be a smart device/app whatever that can just help me keep track of her body fat and tell me how to keep my furrbaby healthy....Does anyone has similar problems? What should I do??
Maybe you can change the food to diet food and get your dog to exercise more. If you're not out walking your dog, buy him some toys, you throw it in the distance, he picks it up, I believe it will have a certain effect.
 

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I agree that the best is to work with your vet. You have a three-fold process to work on:
1. Help the dog lose the excess weight she currently has;
2. Maintain the proper weight once she reaches it; and
3. Make sure she receives the nutrients necessary to keep her healthy.

Once you have ruled out medical issues, you can start with two simple things:
Eliminate dog treats except for training purposes and eliminate people food.

At that point, you can reduce her mealtime quantities. This is very dependent on the individual dog. My Moose-dog was about 85lbs. Up until he was 5 years old, he ate 5-1/2 cups of dry a day and after that 3-1/2 cups per day until he passed at 15 years. Any less and he would lose weight rapidly. My Cat-dog is 85lbs and 6 years, and gets about 2 cups a day. Same size dog, both fixed, same exercise level. Moose-dog just burned energy much faster.

Your vet should be able to give you a good starting point on how much to reduce at one time. You don't want her to lose weight too quickly.
 
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