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After making up my mind to try Chicken Soup Light dog food I got to the store and chose Wellness Healthy Weight instead:p It was a tough decision between Chicken Soup, Wellness and Taste of the Wild. So, we'll see how it goes!
 

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Awesome! Let us know how Bailey does with the Wellness Healthy Weight, they have Wellness Core Reduced fat "grain free" thought to let you know

In December 2007, we adopted an obese, elderly sheltie. I wanted her on a grainfree food but not a huge leap in protein and wanted a reduced fat food. In a year, she lost 18lbs. It's a very good food, at least for my dog
 

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I really like the idea of the grain free food,and for some reason it is cheaper, but I'm not sure if it's to much protein? She's not uber active aside from walks, going to my aunt's farm and traveling to Georgia once a year. I'll see how the do on the healthy weight and in the summer if I get her enrolled in agility classes maybe try the grain-free. They like the food, though!
 

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I really like the idea of the grain free food,and for some reason it is cheaper, but I'm not sure if it's to much protein? She's not uber active aside from walks, going to my aunt's farm and traveling to Georgia once a year. I'll see how the do on the healthy weight and in the summer if I get her enrolled in agility classes maybe try the grain-free. They like the food, though!
My elderly girl who is on the Core reduced fat is not active at all. She has arthritis and hip dysplasia but it worked well for her. Core is around 35% protein. It depends on what kind of grainfree you need. I needed low carbs for this particular dog, which is why I chose the Wellness Core reduced fat. Some of the grainfrees are moderate carb but she needed the low in order to lose weight
 

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I pasted the two Wellness different lines to compare the difference in the two of fats/protien. I think the reason the more protien in the Core is because it has more meat source then the Wellness Super5Mix. But you never know until you tired the Core grain free to see the difference uh

Wellness Core Reduced Fat
Crude Protein min. 33%
Crude Fat min. 9%

Wellness Super5Mix Healthy Weight
Crude Protein Not Less Than 17.0%
Crude Fat Not Less Than 6.0%

In December 2007, we adopted an obese, elderly sheltie. I wanted her on a grainfree food but not a huge leap in protein and wanted a reduced fat food. In a year, she lost 18lbs. It's a very good food, at least for my dog
Whoa! Applause to your sheltie I cannot wait to see that results in my Johnnie :)
 

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Whoa! Applause to your sheltie I cannot wait to see that results in my Johnnie :)
Thank you! She had alot of issues, poor girl. She was around 11yrs of age, moved here to NH from Texas, where she was turned into the local shelter. We knew, by looking at her, that she had obesity, arthritis, icky coat, ear infections and raging UTI. Turns out she also had hypothyrodism, hip dysplasia and bladder stones. I'm sure her having hypothyroidism helped with the weight gain but that wasn't the only thing. When she first got here, she'd roll over on her back but couldn't roll back over. We laughed but it really wasn't funny. I don't know how anyone could give up a dog they had had for so long, let alone let her get to the shape she was in. It's now a little over a year since she's been here, she's gone from 43.7lbs to 25.5lbs, moving easier, on thyroid meds, Metacam for her hips and supplements.
 

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Hope your old girl does well on the new food. I just wanted to mention that newer thinking is that dogs with health challenges need more protein than previously thought. Elderly, kidney and heart dogs do, I haven't read up on arthritic or obese dogs. I do know that my old kidney dog is doing much better on 1.5 grams of protein per pound than she did on 1 gram protein per pound a day. She BARKS louder, if that isn't an indication of feeling stronger I don't know what is. Lots more but the barking was interesting.
 

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Hope your old girl does well on the new food. I just wanted to mention that newer thinking is that dogs with health challenges need more protein than previously thought. Elderly, kidney and heart dogs do, I haven't read up on arthritic or obese dogs. I do know that my old kidney dog is doing much better on 1.5 grams of protein per pound than she did on 1 gram protein per pound a day. She BARKS louder, if that isn't an indication of feeling stronger I don't know what is. Lots more but the barking was interesting.
I'm not sure if you're responding to me or the OP but you're right about elderly dogs needing more protein. They need it for bones & muscles. The Whole Dog Journal recommends grainfree for dogs with arthritis, which is one reason I wanted to go grainfree. Then, I had to find one with reduced fat and low carbs, found that in the Wellness Core reduced fat!
 

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I'm not sure if you're responding to me or the OP but you're right about elderly dogs needing more protein. They need it for bones & muscles. The Whole Dog Journal recommends grainfree for dogs with arthritis, which is one reason I wanted to go grainfree. Then, I had to find one with reduced fat and low carbs, found that in the Wellness Core reduced fat!
I think she was responding to you about your 11 year old sheltie?
 
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