Q. My dog weight is 144lbs and I don't know how to get him down to 114lbs I excersie him daily no health problems at all but I can't take his weight off
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. In order to reduce weight in a dog which is already being well exercised it will be necessary to reduce calorie intake and support metabolism. It is important not to drastically reduce food intake as this will result in a reduction of important nutrients and encourage muscle rather than fat loss. There are a number of very successful diets which have been specifically formulated for healthy weight loss, contain all the necessary nutrients and promote healthy loss whilst also supporting maintenance of lean muscle. These diets also allow the patient to feel fed and full without being permanently hungry. If improvements are not seen within 4weeks of starting the new diet, at the recommended feeding guidelines without additional treats, I would recommend a blood panel to rule out hormonal diseases such as reduced thyroid function which may be preventing weight loss
DR. LEIGH PUSATERI, DVM
A. You may need to use a restricted calorie diet, like Purina OM. Talk to your vet about the best diet for your dog. Also, your vet could check his thyroid to make sure he doesn't have a thyroid problem. Make sure you are limiting treats as they can contain a lot of calories.