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    Default Molly needs to go on a diet...

    So whilst i was in Thailand i asked mum to take Molly to the Vet as her vaccination was due. As soon as she walked into the room the vet said "geez she's really overweight"

    Apparently she needs to lose 3kgs because he thinks she is close to diabetes. When she first came to me she weighed in at 14kgs, she now weighs in at 15.5kgs.

    HER dinner is a relatively healthy dinner, always raw beef hearts and tongues. The problem is she double picks, she'll have breakfast, then when mum drops her two off she gets another feed. I've told mum to stop and to feed her two BEFORE bringing them over but it fell on deaf ears. Even in the weekend if i go out i'll feed her before taking her to mums and mum will feed her again. I also have a bad habit with throwing her the scraps of my plate, my OH likes to go to Mc D's and give her half a burger, if were watching movies and we have our goodies out (popcorn, chips, chocolate) she gets a portion of it too. I knew it wasn't right, but then i felt that was a way she knew i loved her.. this vet visit has been a big wake up and we've sprung into action.

    Me and mum will be moving into a new big house together on thursday so that SHOULD solve the double dipping issue. All dogs now get fed what they would for dinner for breakfast after their morning walk and dry biscuits will be left out for them to nibble on during the day, i will look into getting a holistic dry food such as black hawk. NO MORE SNACKING on human food! she still hangs around when we are snacking on chips or whatever but she starting to get the idea that she's not getting any, it's been hard but i know it's for the best, and i know that denying her a chip or two doesn't mean she thinks i don't love her! I'm going to start throwing in some carrots and apples in their bowls and night as well, as see how that goes.

    In the way of excercise they have always had more than most dogs. They get a 30 min walk in the morning, and a good 1hr and a half at the off-lead park with the ball (rex plays soccor and molly chases after him) as well as a quick walk around the circuit at the park. Weekend usually consist of going to the beach or a longer play at the park. I usually take Rex for the odd bike ride during the week but leave molly behind cause she's too slow, might have to start bringing her along again.

    Does anybody have any other idea's to contribute? she's been on this diet for two weeks and still hasn't lost anything

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    Wow when I seen her you would never have thought she was overweight! lol

    When Bella needed to lose weight I just reduced the amount of biscuits she was having down and she seemed to slim up a bit to what she was. she only needed to lose 1kg or so though to be at perfect weight!

    Maybe you could give them breaky and then dinner and just not leave anything out for them to graze on during the day?

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    I knew she was big but i didnt realise she was that overweight either considering she had gained only 1.5kgs since ive had her so i was shocked when he said 3kgs is what she needed to lose and because she has quite abit of fur on her i was never too sure whether it was the fur or the belly lol

    The vet was the one who said no more dinner and dinner would now be breakfast (which i thought was abit harsh but i figured hes the professional) and shes struggling with it & she usually wont touch the dry bikkies but since thats the only thing thats available to her shell eat the whole bowl! Which i dont think is any better for her.

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    Aw poor Molly lol She'll probably start stealing Rexy's food while he isn't watching! haha

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    no leaving biscuits out. Dogs dont need snacks, give them their meals, if they're not hungry take them away and nothing until the next meal time. It means you can control how much each dog eats and you wont have them sneaking meals. She is overweight, 15kg for a dog like that is way too much. I would keep going until you can see the last rib when she's close clipped, if she's on the verge of diabetes she needs to remain just on good weight or a little under. If you still want to giver her raw just put half her buscuits back (by the way how much biscuits is she getting?) I would only be giving her a scant handfull of bickies a day and a little raw to keep her happy.

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    All three dogs are on the diet together so i leave out 2-3 cups of biscuits out to share between the three of them during the day. When we first got her she was 14kgs and when we shaved her you could see the ribs which is why i thought that 3kgs for her to lose was far fetched, however i'm just going to do what i'm told and see what happens for the last thing i want is a unhealthy dog! I will cut down on the biscuits giving them a handful each - should i just be giving the ONE meal in the morning for the full day or is that not enough?
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    My old (12 months ago departed) labrador in his older years had trouble with his joints and that nasty Mr Author Itis, and was having trouble getting around. He was getting a little overweight and the vet suggested he lose 3-4 kilos. he said I needed to feed him as much good quality kibble as i could grasp in 1 hand for breakie and 2 chicken necks for dinner.

    I thought that very harsh and expected him to starve but he did very well on it, dropped the weight in 2 months, I them added 2 more chicken necks for dinner and he maintained that weight very well.
    Good luck Kuri..
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    Oh i know what you mean cavalier i'm scared im going to starve her! And she is really struggling with the one meal she will hang around the kitchen at the time we would usually feed her and give us these looks as if to say why are you not giving me my food!! Ive even started locking her outdoors whilst we have dinner as not to tempt myself in throwing her a quick treat off my plate. So in a way im struggling also usually she fights me when i give her heartworm chew and i usually shove it down her throat but tonight she ate it like it was a treat! I was like OMG she must be desperate!

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    Oh my gosh, like Jadie, I never would have picked Molly for an overweight pooch! She looks lovely to me, i have no tips but good luck!!

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    The only thing I might say is dont take away the 2 meals a day. As much as I dont want to go against your vets advice , its my experience that dogs with blood sugar problems ( even borderline ones) do much better with 3 small meals a day. Remember that at the end of the day you are the best judge of your dog and her weight. If she seems to be struggling then adapt.... a hungry dog can sometimes begin eating things much less healthy and disorders can develop. I know that may be an extreme outcome but it will depend on the age of the dog and how long its current diet was in place.

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