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Posted : 4/11/2012 7:03:34 AM
So the vet wants Astra on a high protein diet, low carb diet. We've been trying, unsuccessfully, to get some weight off of her.
I've increased her exercise, reduced her food portions, added green beans, cut out all treats, etc.
So what brands of dog food would you recommend??
Posted : 4/11/2012 7:33:07 AM
Posted : 4/11/2012 7:43:21 AM
Astra will be 5 years old in August.
Posted : 4/11/2012 7:53:40 AM
reilly21I won't recommend a high protean food because I would NEVER put a 10 year dog on anything hotter than about 20% protean, and probably lower percentage than that.
Actually except with a dog that has kidney issues higher protein is better for seniors as it helps maintain muscle mass.
Sue I don't have time now but my neighbor has their dog on Life's abundance and I noted that they do a weight loss version that had low fat but still highish protein. There are a few others too. I have a ton on my plate through Friday but will try to come back to this thread if my Als doesn't kick in LOL
Posted : 4/11/2012 8:22:10 AM
Posted : 4/11/2012 8:51:45 AM
Low carb equals grain free, that is the easiest.
High protein: go to this link, and look at the 6 star ones:
Most of those will be around 40% protein.
Posted : 4/11/2012 12:17:20 PM
The highest protein kibble is EVO weight control formula. It is basically the same as regular EVO but lower in fat and higher in protein.
My 12 year old Samoyed just got his bloodwork done and has received the okay from the doctor to continue on this food. :-) We don't feed it for the weight control, but because I feel it is the best for his arthritis.
Oh, and just because this says "diet food" don't make the mistake of thinking you can feed the same amount. It is actually pretty high in calories per cup, 458. Compare carefully with the calories in what you are currently feeding and adjust. A high protein diet will help your dog feel fuller longer. The volume of food you feed really isn't that important to the dog beyond the first few days, their stomachs adapt to what they are getting.
Posted : 4/11/2012 12:30:30 PM
Oh gosh, every time I gave them EVO, they all gained weight!!!
The vet and I would like to see her get down to 7lbs, she's 9lbs now. She only gets 1/4cup of kibble (minus 25 kibble, yes I count it out) and around a 1/4 cup of green beans, twice a day.
While on the green bean diet, we've tried Natural Balance, Solid Gold and Blue Buffalo.
Posted : 4/11/2012 12:34:50 PM
As I just added above, you have to be VERY careful when you feed EVO and figure out exactly how much to feed. You would have to feed less food.
A quarter cup of kibble actually sounds like a lot for a 7lb dog, even after subtracting 25 pieces. ;-)
Posted : 4/15/2012 5:32:10 PM
Posted : 4/15/2012 5:58:43 PM
Posted : 4/16/2012 11:40:37 AM
I also agree that 1/4 might be too much for her. My dachshunds are 14 and 17 lbs and both get 1/4 cup twice per day, plus two or three EVO treats each. That's it. And they're chubby (so could stand to lose a little more).
They're on California Naturals Grain free right now, but when I was feeding EVO it was the same amount. However, when I had them on TOTW (a lower calorie food) they were getting about 1/3 of a cup twice per day.
Posted : 4/19/2012 10:25:51 PM
Posted : 4/20/2012 9:51:45 AM
Luke is eating Nature's Variety Instinct Kibble right now. The chicken flavor is 42% protein. At 14.5 lbs, I'm feeding him about 7/8 cup, and I might go slightly less and add a chicken wing.
Posted : 5/2/2012 3:40:57 PM
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