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I think Coco is gorgeous. I have pretty big boy too. Cash topped out at almost 25lbs. Even though we didnt think we were overfeeding He is now down to 17.5-18 lbs and much happier. We had some allergy issues going on too, and even though we were already doing natures variety raw, we switched to their bison formula, and that is when Cash started losing weight. Whe we tried kibble with Cash even though it was a weight loss formula and we measured it he gained a pound in a week. He just couldn't handle the carbs. This may not be the answer for coco, but thought I would throw it out there. We feed Cash 2 medallions and 1 ounce of plain ground meat at each meal, with some pumpkin and green beans.
How much does your vet think coco needs to lose? Use the weight he should be to
figure out his caloric needs... And stick with that, including treats and table scraps. This was so much harder on us than on Cash... Well actually it was hard on him too... He loves to eat. Each medallion is 65 calories, so 4 medallions a day is only 260 calories... 6 would be 390 calories. I would want most of his calories coming from dog food (or homemade dog food) not table scraps...but if you do feed table scraps you need to calculate them.
Things that helped us... Bravo frieze dried training treats.... Tiny little bits of 100% meat, low fat and calories. All dogs need is a taste. Portioning out their treats for the day by calories. Adding green beans to their meals. Share only tiny bits of meat and veggies from your meals. To satisfy him a marrow bone, with most of the marrow (pure fat) carved out. I get the butcher to slice them to about 2 inches thick. Then I scoop out the marrow and freeze them.
Oh and my favorite fun fact is a bully stick is 29 calories an inch. a 6 inch bully stick is a meal for a small dog.
Good luck. Keep us posted.
Missy, Jasper & Cash
Last edited by Missy; 03-26-2012 at 10:14 PM.