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Sweet Potato, Mixed Frozen Veggies, Oatmeal, Natural Choice Lite,
Merrick Senior Medley, Fat Free Yogurt. Center: Carrots for snack.
There have been a few inquiries about what we are feeding Willie to help him shed a few pounds. He seems to be doing well with the change in diet and has adjusted without any stomach upset.
He has gone from 14.5 to 14 in 2 weeks. I had hoped to be a few more ounces along, but Mother Nature threw a wrench in those plans with this winter in ?March weather. Only managed to get 3 walks in.
He is still VERY food motivated and a little piggy! But his meals are twice as large as he was receiving using only dry kibble (he was getting 1/4 cup twice a day), so he is getting fuller and not so much a piggy.
He actually walked by our dogs bowl without diving in after I forgot to pick it up. I was shocked! The first day he was here he ate all 3 of our dogs dinner before I realized it. And that was after he had eaten his!
Please comment below with any diet tips, tricks, questions you may have regarding feeding overweight or obese dogs.
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Willie’s meals & snacks
• 1 Tbsp Fat Free Yogurt, plain
• 1 Tbsp Oatmeal
• 1 Tbsp Frozen / Fresh Vegetables, carrots, peas, green beans, broccoli, little amount of corn
• 1 Tbsp Sweet Potatoes
• 1/2 can High protein, low calorie food, currently Merrick Grain Free Senior Medley
• 1/8 cup High quality dry food, about 10-12 kernels for crunch. currently Nutro Natural Choice – Lite – Lamb & Whole Brown Rice
• 3-5 Fresh Carrots, Snacks – # varies depending on carrot size/width, other snacks given
• 3-5 Green Beans, Snacks -# varies based on size, other snacks given
When all ingredients are mixed together it makes 1/2 cup.
Willie is fed this twice a day in addition to receiving plenty of carrots and green beans as treats.
Each meal has the wet and dry food as a base. The other ingredients can be increased, decreased, left out as desired as long as meal totals 1/2 cup. I occasionally mix in a couple slices of banana or some chopped red apple.
He also gets 2 – 5 calorie mini bones cookies at bedtime (these are what his mom gave him, so we won’t take these away, we just cut him from 3 to 2).
He seems to enjoy the moister diet. His water consumption has decreased to a normal level.
I either make up a breakfast bowl for him and place in the fridge for the next day while I’m making his dinner, or
Mix up a few days worth in Tupperware and measure out approx 1/2 cup at mealtimes (adding the dry kernels to the top).