(Closed) Help Dog Lose Weight

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You could switch her over to a weight management type of food. My dog also needs to lose weight and the one thing the vet pointed out that I wasn’t thinking about was the number of treats he gets and the food he gets of the floor from under my 3 years spot at the table.

Post # 5
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What kind of food are you feeding her? Does it have the calories per cup listed? (Different foods have different calories/cup.) Also make sure there are no added sugars in the food. You can mix green beans in with the food to “fill up” the dog without adding extra calories.

Calorie calculation formula for the average pet dog:

kcal per day = 30(ideal body weight in kilograms) + 70


I’m a big fan of raw diets for dogs. One of my dogs was always slightly pudgy, even when I cut her food back and increased her exercise. On a raw diet, she’s lost fat and gained lean muscle. Dogs have no biological need for carbs, so on some dogs, the carbs promote body fat.

Post # 6
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

The guidlines on the bag are just guidelines, and more often than not, feeding by them will make your pet fat.  I saw a show on Animal Planet where this lady had a huge, fat cat.  No vet could figure out WHY he was so fat.  Apparently none of them thought to ask how much the lady was feeding.  She was feeding the recommended amount on the bag, and he just kept getting fatter and fatter.  

First, she should be on a high quality dog food, (or raw, which really is best, but I know it’s not feasible for everyone, including myself at this time).  If she’s too fat, reduce the amount you are giving her and/or increase her exercise, (there’s a saying that says, “If your dog is too fat, you’re not getting enough exercise!”).  Reduce the amount a little bit, give her a week or so to see if she’s lost weight, and if not, reduce the amount of food again.  If she is too thin, increase what you are feeding her.  

If you reduce what you give her, but she is STILL too gat, talk to the vet about having her thyroid checked, as dogs can suffer from hypothyroidism just like people.  

Post # 7
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I second @abbyful’s suggestion of a raw diet. We adopted an 11 month old sheltie who was almost 40lbs when his elderly owner turned him in. She had been feeding him pizza and hot dogs. Shelties are typically 16-20lbs and while he’s tall for a sheltie, he should still be around 26lbs, not 40!! We immediately put him on a raw diet and last I weighed him he was down to 28lbs. Our German Shepherd puppy is also on a raw diet and has been growing slow and steady, full of muscle and no chub in sight.

It’s really incredible to see the change, you just need to be careful to balace their diet properly or buy it from a source that makes it. There are commercial raw diets available if you’re not comfortable making your own and we personally order from a friend’s imported line German Shepherd breeder who makes it for her dogs and some clients. When we first started our sheltie on it he went on a hunger strike for FIVE DAYS in the hopes that we might relent and order him a pizza. We stuck to our guns and he now loooves his food 🙂

Post # 8
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I will agree with a raw or grain free diet. Always use less than the recommended amount and then adjust.


You can create a feeling of fullness with kibble by soaking it in warm water so it doubles in size.


My 130 lb. Rottweiler only ate 2-2.5  cups per day…so you can cut back.


You can also add bulk with pureed green beans.

Post # 10
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My recommendation is similar to the others…high protein food. These are also weight managemnt foods just not listed as such. Look at the first 5 ingredients and if it isn’t mostly meat then you are giving your doggie fillers which will fatten them up.

Post # 11
35 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I have never done this before, but I know a lot of dog people who have used the pumpkin diet to help their pups lose weight.  You just mix in canned pumpkin with smaller portions of their dog food.  Just google it.  I hear it works very well. 

Post # 13
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have a pug, pomeranian and chihuahua and since pugs tend to have weight issues, all three dogs are on a veggie and bean diet.  We give them a cup of frozen veggies which we thaw for them and then a few spoons of beans for protein.  They all LOVE it!  And we have never had any issue with their weight.  Keeping the pugs weight in check is very important because they tend to get hip dysplesia and if the dog is trim, there is less chance for severe hip dysplesia issues.  We also give them carrots for snacks.  I’d check with your vet, but that’s what ours recommended.  Good luck!

Post # 14
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

“all three dogs are on a veggie and bean diet.  We give them a cup of frozen veggies which we thaw for them and then a few spoons of beans for protein.”

Is that ALL they eat? That isn’t a balanced diet, at the very least they need a supplement if that’s what you’re feeding them.



Dogs are carnivores, they ideally should have a diet consisting primarily of animal matter (meat/organs/bones). Dogs cannot even digest plant-matter unless it’s cooked and/or pureed; as they lack the enzymes to break down the cell walls of plant-matter on their own. Even when the plant matter they get is cooked and/or pureed, the bio-availability of the nutrients from plant matter is lower than the bio-availability of nutrients in animal matter for dogs.




Post # 15
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

What brand of food are you feeding your pup? You can feed grain-free food which is much better than the cheap brands. The commonly advertised brands are made mostly of just fillers. Cheap dog foods don’t have as much nutrients, so in order for your dog to get enough nutrients, has to eat more food. If you feed your pup a high quality food, he should eat less & that may help his weight.

For example, my dog should eat like 3 1/2 – 4 cups of Pedigree/Ol Roy/Purina dog food, but only about 2 1/4 cups of California Natural (high quality, grain free food). More nutrients are in the 2 cups of the grain free food than about twice the amount of the cheap food. So you should be feeding your dog less with the good food, but you’re not depriving him of his needed nutrients.

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