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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-19-2008, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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putting pounds again!

help, my django had gained 2 pounds a way back due to fatty bad treats. we had 2 months to loose 2 lbs (vets wishes) we were on a roll, he lost half a pound in a month. well, i am switching his food from wellness to ziwipeak, and he's put on a pound! i know i am over feeding him but i am haivng a hard time transitioning him because the kibble is so different and it's hard to gage the exact amount, plus, this new food has pumped up his appetite and he's eating like made! i know i just need to distract him when he whines for more food and go for a walk or something........oh, my poor dog, do dogs have the ability to stop eating when they are full? i don't want him to starve but at the same time, he can't put on lbs!
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My breeder recommends adding green beans to the food bowl for dogs that tend to be little piggies and eat too much. Green beans provide bulk to make them full on less calories. You may try mixing some in with the raw.

Good luck. I'm watching mine closely too as they seem to be eating a lot lately.
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fresh raw green beans? do you cut them up into small pieces?
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Hi Littlebddy's mom (sorry don't know your name),

If I recall correctly, Django is on a smaller side of the breed.

How tall is he, is he small, medium or large boned and what's his "ideal weight" according to your vet?
Can you feel his ribs when you run your hands down his back?
Is he active?
How many walks or run/play sessions does he have per day?
How much do you feed him and how many times per day?
Do you measure his food? How much prtein and fat does the food have?
I know, a whole lot of questions, but they all figure into your dog's weight.

If he is hungry too often, how about splitting his meal into 2 to 3 times a day and adjusting portions. Does he like veggies? I would try to add some steamed carrots, beans etc to the food. But start out small so you don't upset his system.

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I haven't actually tried it yet but I would think they would be canned (no salt) or fresh cooked. If using raw I would probably pulverize them in the food processor.
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My Cairn had a hearty appetitie and we used canned green beans. We didn't cut them, but I would think, cutting them up would make it more difficult to pick out the "good" food.

I am curious why you are switching foods at this time since it doesn't seem to be doing what you want to do?
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django is small, his "ideal weight" according to your vet should be 9lbs.
i can feel his ribs but his collar is always my guide, can't slide as many fingers now! he is active, gets 2 walks twice a day, about 1/2 hour each time, weather always dictates walking time.

i feed him 1/2 cup of old food, putting it down twice a day. he eats what's left over from the morning, sometimes its all the food. however, now with the new food, all protein ziwipeak, he eats what i have given him in the new (small amounts at a time as we transition) and all the dry kibble from the old food. today i cut his old food in half, saving the other half for the afternoon meal. he's been licking his bowl clean every morning and is hungry by afternoon so i thought this might help. i always give him a few xtra kibbles when i know he's hungry and there isn't any food left in his bowl.

never added vegies, he has a very sensitive belly so we try to keep it simple. i think what's happened is i am having a hard time adjusting the new food with the old. they are soo different, it's not just a matter of transitioning same amount, the new food which looks like flat pocker chips is a dehydrated raw and he should eat 1 oz. twice a day. i think i need to break up his feedings and he gets what he gets at each sitting and not give in to giving him a little more.
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My MIL has a corgi who they are forever battling weight issues with. They mix her food with either green beans or puff wheat cereal. It seems to help her think she is getting more food

But 9lbs for most havs seems low to me?

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I'm no expert, but Guapo LOVES veggies and fruit...he eats raws carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, apples, and (sometimes) bananas. I think things like cucumbers, lettuce, and beans keep little tummies full without packing on a lot of calories and would be worth a try.


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fresh raw green beans? do you cut them up into small pieces?
If you are going to feed green beans you need to pulp them down. Dogs cannot digest vegetables unless they are the size of a flea. Otherwise they will simply poop them out and not absorb the nutrients.
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