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Question Mr. Chubby


Ever since Cru was neutered, he has packed on the weight.
He was always on the thin side before, so I never worried about him eating too much. But NOW, he's a chubster even though he eats the same amount of food as before he was neutered.
So my question for you long time breeders, veterinarians, doggy dieticians, etc. is,.....Is it best to reduce portion size or switch to a lower calorie food?
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Dawna,
How old is Cru?
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He will be 2 tomorrow!
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I assume you mean two years old. <grin> You also didn't mention if you give him treats.

I would consult with your vet first, but at that age after neutering, they also can slow down sometimes in their activity and metabolism. Since he is gaining weight and you have not changed his diet or amount given to him, I would cut back a little at each feeding and see what happens.
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Hi,

I am new to this group. I have a male 7 month old Havanese and Labradors.
I hope to learn a lot about the wonderful Havanese from this group.
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Hi Kathy,
Sorry, I was in a hurry. lol Yes, he'll be 2 years old tomorrow.
He doesn't normally get treats, except for flossies, especially now that he's getting chunky. He gets a few veggies mixed in with his kibble, too, sometimes.
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Welcome to Toby!

Dawna, I just took almost 5 mos old Shelby to the vet. We discussed that she should be spayed soon and he told me I would have to watch her calories after that. She is a bigger Hav, weighing 7.6 lbs already.
Hav #1, Kodi, is 15 mos and only weighs 10 lbs. But he has been a very poor eater and Shelby loves her food.
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Welcome Toby - we would love to see some pics!! You will find lots of great info on this forum.

Logan is 17 1/2 weeks and 8.5 lbs. He is due to be neutered in 4 weeks. I hope he doesnt gain much more!! Is that normal after neutering, or is it just that Cru was neutered when he was older?? Logan is my first male dog. My girls did not gain any more weight than normal after their spaying.
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Hmmmmm...... maybe Ricky's not a Havanese after all.... he weighs 14 lbs. and is 7.5 months!!! He's not chubby either, but he's a lot heavier than we thought he'd be. Both his parents are 10 lbs. Oh well......




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Hi Laurie,
I'm not sure if neutering after he was mature has anything to do with the weight gain or not. The vet says not, but he also said they shouldn't gain additional weight because their neutered. ummm right.
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