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BARBARO1 asks: "My Sheltie is a little oversized and overweight. He's hungry all the time, but no diet dog food has worked. We feed him two cups a day, he walks, he plays 30 minutes each night, but his weight just won't go down. He's eating Pedigree Weight Loss right now, but he's gained .4 of a pound on it. I have exhausted every avenue. Our vet doesn't take the problem seriously, but I am very worried. He weight about 4 pounds. That's not as bad as it seems because he's probably 17" and stout, but I'm not kidding anyone, I know he's overweight."


March 13, 2007 at 2:37 pm
(1) josie says:

My first thought would be an underactive thyroid. Blood tests will identify this if it is the reason. Loss of hair will be the next thing you would start to notice.

March 22, 2007 at 10:46 pm
(2) Kim says:

I would suggest blood test, thyroid issues could be a problem. If your Vet doesn’t take your concerns seriously then you might try a different pet. You might also try a prescription diet food. Purina makes a high fiber low calorie diet that works great. Most store bought foods have lower calories but suggest to feed higher amounts so you go through the food faster. With a higher fiber diet the pet gets to eat more food with lower calories. Cut his food back to 1 and 1/2 cups and try treats like carrots and green beans between meals. Pet dieting is very hard. Owners need a plan and they must have compliance from the whole family. One other note, make sure to use a measuring cup for the food. Don’t use scoops or drinking cups because they are not always exact cups.

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