(Closed) Blue Buffalo- Weight Management

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We never tried this kind but our dog in general is not wildly into her food which has been the case for all brands and flavors we’ve tried.  We were using salmon oil for awhile to help with dry skin and coat and the flavor/smell of it definitely increased her interest in her food.  Now, if you are feeding them a weight management food, adding oil is probably not desireable.  We no longer use the oil but most days we splash a little low-sodium chicken broth on her food.  It adds minimal calories and seems to help in getting her to eat it right when we feed her.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

For weight management, we reduce the amount of food our dog gets by like, 1/2 a cup (she gets 2 1/2 cups a day) and replace it with pumpkin–pure, canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling!). It’s easy on the digestion, good for her, it fills her up, and it’s low-calorie. And she loves it. 

I mean, I’d be concerned if your dog was flat-out not eating, but  I think that barring an illness or injury, if your dog has a weight problem, and she just isn’t eating ALL her food because she doesn’t like it, then that’s not a huge deal. I’ve never known a dog to willfully starve. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@roxy821:  Haha I know what you mean about feeling bad.  When our girl has an upset stomach we switch to poached chicken breast and white rice…such a bland meal but she loves it and gobbles it up so fast whenever we give it to her.  Then I start thinking “maybe we should give her this all the time!”  I think that it’s just my husband and me, as two overweight humans, putting our own ideas about food onto her though.  She will eat what she needs and she’ll be OK.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@roxy821:  Ha! 

Our dog doesn’t like her current food either, so I started mixing pumpkin in with it and that worked for about a week. Now, she’s wised up and literally licks it off of the kibble bits and then looks at me all forlorn. I typically shrug and she resigns herself to eating like, half of it immediately. And then she’ll nibble on the rest throughout the day, so she’s getting food, even if this isn’t her favorite kind. We’ll start to switch it once she gets through enough of the bag. 

Pumpkin is what our friends recommended–they have showdogs and it’s what they use to make sure their dogs are the right weight for competition. But pumpkin’s also handy to have around because it also helps with digestion when they have minor problems. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I actually had to switch my LOs several times before I found the right brand that they will eat and didn’t cause digestive issues.(Farting @ night isn’t cool.LOL)   I don’t know why but one of my little one’s about 2 months ago decided he didn’t want breakfast and would only eat dinner.  Because I was concerned about their intake, I adjusted their meals.  Now I offer them carrots, biscuits, and other low calorie treats for breakfast.  Then dinner is dry and wet Merricks.  Both healthy and energetic as ever.  And a tad sassier.LOL   

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We fed blue for a little while, but for some reason two of our dogs didn’t really care for it.  We feed them taste of the wild now(which is grain free), and our one dog is a bit overweight, and just by switching the food she has lost 7 pounds, and we’re feeding her the recommended amount not cutting it down.  I know blue is a good food, I’m just sharing our experience too.  Maybe try the grain free version of blue, but I don’t know how well the ‘weight management’ foods work.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My pup absolutely INHALES the Blue Buffalo Weight Management…I’m not totally familiar with the Blue Wilderness…is it something different?  I’ve actually considered getting her one of those big balls that you put in their food bowl to make her slow down.  She’s a pretty small dog and used to be about 14 lbs.  Since we put her on the blue buffalo, she’s gone down to 11 and the vet said that we can increase her food just a tad now.  🙂  I’m sorry to hear that your dog doesn’t seem to like it though!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@roxy821:  I stopped by Petco tonight to get some more food for my pup, and yeah, she’s definitely eating the regular Blue Buffalo and not the Blue Wilderness…I was pretty sure, but I saw the wilderness and that’s definitely not what she was eating, sorry!  Did you have any luck yet?

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@roxy821:  I don’t believe there is a weight management one, but Darling Husband found an article about the things that are in dog foods(meat meal and meat&bone meal) that we spent a looong time researching foods for our spoiled pups.  We liked that taste of the  wild is all life stages with our oldest dog being 7 and we have a 5 month old pup.  We used http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ for looking at the different brands.  

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