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okay, my dog gained weight, transitionng to a new food, too heavy, he gained 1/2 pound in one week! now we are trying a new food that's not a dehydrated raw. anyways, someone mentioned greenbeans to help with weight loss. do they need to be fresh or frozen,cooked or canned. how many green beans per feeding and do you just cut them up into tiny pieces? do i need to slowly introduct beans? he's 11 lbs, need to get him down to at least 10lbs.
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Havee LOVES green beans...and believe it or not, frozen, right out of the bag! After he's finished with his dinner, we put in his bowl about 8 cut green beans and he can't eat them fast enough.

We don't give them for weight loss, only for something light and extra after his kibble for him to enjoy.


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I blanch fresh green beans for treats and the dogs go nuts over them. They'll gladly take raw too, but raw green beans seem to be a bit too fiberous. (Canned green beans are only in my emergency supplies, but they love them straight out of the can when I am rotating through my stock.)

For the specific purpose of weight loss, I would think a little extra movement, careful measurement of his food servings will be better. My dogs will eat green beans forever so I'm not so sure they will give a dog a feeling of satiety.
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We used frozen and just microwaved it a bit-- at first (per vets orders) we used 1.8 of a cup of chopped green beans and took away a bit of dog food. But this actually seemed to make Cash more hungry. I don't know about you but if I eat veggies on an empty stomach I do not feel full but sometimes more hungry. What worked for us was eliminating almost everything else but his meals. No bully sticks, no treats for treat sake just tiny morsels for training and adding a bit more protein to each meal. For us that was easy as we use the NV medallions we talked about in the other thread. so he just gets an extra half a medallion with each meal. But why not see how the new kibble goes-- stick with a little less than recommended a day (they usually over recommend) And see how he does-- really watch what he gets between meals too. Anything from a cow has calories (bully sticks, flossies, etc) Every dog has a diifferent metabolism, and I was not helping Cash by adding the extras to his meal (greenbeans and potatos) that Jasper thrives on. It took a little trial and error but I think I know that at least for now, I have one boy that does best on mostly protein and one that does best with a little more carbs. the trick is to give it enough time to see what's really happening to them. and not just weight, but energy, how their poops are, and even their personalities on the new food.

Jasper is brightest and most relaxed if I can get him to eat a grain based kibble (however this is a feat so I just add carbs to his medallions)

Cash, is happiest and has most energy when he eats all meat, and if I stick with it he seems sated with less now and now losing a bit of weight.

Wow, sorry for the ramble. But the food thing is something I have had to deal with starting with my Jas who as a puppy would rather starve and vomit bile than eat. and then I got the total opposite with Cash.

keep us posted with how the new kibble goes.




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I blanch fresh green beans for treats and the dogs go nuts over them. They'll gladly take raw too, but raw green beans seem to be a bit too fiberous. (Canned green beans are only in my emergency supplies, but they love them straight out of the can when I am rotating through my stock.)
I blanch fresh ones and they love them!
I never thought about getting canned ones but that is a great idea Kimberly. I will add some to our supplies as well.

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yes, i agree, i need to cut back his food which is what i am doing and what i was doing, he lost 1/2 pound before introduction of new food. anyways, back to the diet. those ofyou that feed your dog greenbeans, do your dogs get them as a treat or part of their meal? and how many?
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I was just wondering about the weight issue.

Sissy was around 14 lbs. when she was at the vet last week and he said she was just right.

Is your little one small boned or is your vet recommending the weight loss?

I know sometimes the parents are smaller and it's better not to let them get overweight.


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My only caution is if you used canned green beans is make sure you get the 'no added salt' ones.

Both my breeders recommended green beans, and in fact used it on their own dogs - the ones that tended to overeat. Not as a treat - they just added it to the dog's regular food. It adds fiber and bulk to help with feeling full (or just so they think they are getting more) without added calories. It would be impossible to get enough calories from green beans to slow weight loss. But it will fill their tummies so they don't feel hungry.

I haven't had an issue w/overeating with Tessa but Tucker is a little piggy so I will have to watch his weight and see if I need to add the green beans.

However it doesn't sound as if overeating on a regular basis is Django's problem, that it was more of an issue with adjusting to a new food. In that case he may stabilize once you figure out correct amts with the new food.
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Treats and/or as part of the meal

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My boys eat all vegies...love carrots, broc, green beens, the crispy part of romaine, brussle sprouts, zukes, .....you name it - they also free feed so weight has never been an issue....but vegies are the favorite....

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