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Hi all, have not been here in awhile. Husband and I dealing with health issues. But that's another story. Coco has always been big. But now the vet said politely "He's Full Figure" He's 1 yr and 4 months and weighs 27 lbs.
Everywhere we go the line is "He's so big!, some lap dog you got there and so on. He can't be a havnese, he has to be a mix. He's not but I get so tired of defending him. I used to home cook for him. Used Sabine for a diet, but since I became ill I switched him to Natures Valley Instinct Raw it's just easier for me. The bag says for and adult active dog in his weight range 6-9 medalions a day, each medalion 1oz. Well I quess I was giving him to much. Yes, he's always hungry and yes it's hard to resist that face but I know I have to cut down. He thinks everytime I eat, he eats! I'm now giving him 2 medalions in the morning with a tiny bit of Taste of the Wild Kibble. At night he gets 2 more and some table food. He's not crazy for dog treats, he'd rather eat grilled cheese or pasta, not getting that anymore. He's very active we go for short walks about 3 or 4 times a day (I'm retired). He also plays with the neighborhood dogs twice a week. When we go to the park he loves to swim and when he's wet he looks much thinner and I don't feel so bad. But you really have to press to feel ribs. If anyone thinks this is still to much food let me know. Thanks for listening.
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Well......we just need to see pictures....to determine this.....



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Wow, 27 pounds? Would his picture fit on this page?

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Meh - he's got a really big frame and could lose a little, but I from your description I was expecting something really chunky. There's a yorkie that come in my grooming salon and we call him the double-wide yorkie because he is literally the width of two of his normal-weight yorkies combined!
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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.




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Not counting this last Vet visit, how much did he weigh at last Visit?



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Wow! That is big a boy. What did the vet say? Is he big boned enough to carry it or do they say he should lose weight?
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Not meaning to hurt your feelings, but he does look a bit chunky. With the short hair cut, you can tell he is overweight, so.............Momma, no more high calorie treats and get that exercise in. He will feel better and so will you. Keep us posted!



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