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Old 14-04-2017, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our dog is on a low calorie diet to keep his weight down due to elbow dysplasia and I was wondering if anyone could recommend something we could add to his food which will fill him up but not add many calories.

I read somewhere before that carrots might be an option. He's got quite a sensitive stomach so we have to be really careful what we feed him or he gets runny poos.

He seems to be down in the dumps through lack of food and it's quite heartbreaking so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Simple idea is to soak his food assuming he eats dry food.
Pop his food for his next meal in his bowl straight after he's eaten then pour water in it and hide the bowl in a cupboard so it doesn't torture him! I've found that the food swells a lot and takes them longer to eat and gives them the feeling they have eaten more. If you want him to still have some crunch then just soak half the food.
The problem with dry food is that it swells inside them after they have eaten so they eat quick, still seem hungry and then it is later that they feel full.
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What food are you using? Some low fat foods have more kibble than others.

I would try what Luna has suggested and soak the kibble or I would add a wee bit different veg to bulk it and see if his tummy copes with it.

I keep my girl in low fat food (8% fat which is perfect) after being spayed, that way I can use more or less unlimited treats for agility etc. I. use 2 different flavours. One has a heavier kibble than the other so her bowl can look fuller with one than the other.
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Thanks for all the replies.

We are using Burns pork and potato, its one of these type of dog foods where you don't need to give them a lot so already seems like we aren't feeding him much. I will try the water thing to see if that works. He has 1 mug of this for breakfast and 1 mug for dinner.
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Luna's recommended amount for the weight she should be 20kg on the packet is 250g a day. She gets 140g a day.
Tucker's recommended amount from the packet is about 320g a day. He gets 180g a day.

Now I confess they do get filled Kongs some days. They get training treats other days. They get little bits of leftovers some days (and I mean like a corner of a sandwich or apple peelings!) but they are good healthy weights with a blanket cover over their ribs. I'll tell a vet that they have sneaked on an extra kilo which we are removing when we visit (I'll just take up to 10% off their food amount until they are back where they should be) and vets will reassure me that they are the least overweight Labradors they've seen in years regardless. My two can put weight on easily just by eating!

NEVER feel bad for not feeding your dogs much if you are doing it so they are fit and well and active or have joint issues. Believe you me the dog thanks you even if they have that pleading look in their eyes. They are able to move and be active more easily and will ultimately be able to enjoy a longer life with you. I suspect that I could've had to have PTS Luna in the past year had she stayed at 5/6kg overweight. Quite honestly she didn't appear THAT overweight to look at back then, but the extra weight would've made her pain from the joints so much worse making her quality of life take too big a dip.

'As soon as you see the shape of your dog's ribs and spine without looking for them or touching them then give that dog the best day of it's life with glorious food!'
This is my theory! Luna has been awaiting that day since 6 years ago when she was 5/6kg overweight and the reduced feeding began.

I don't know how much g your mug will be giving your dog but I imagine it is more than my two are getting.
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