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27-06-2013 08:35 PM
Originally Posted by bluestu32
I think the main issue is exercise as he will go for a long walk, but just plods and sniffs, whereas my working lab is constantly running about.
It is often the Plodders who pile on the pounds.

I've not used Hills, as generally it is full of fillers, you can get other Light foods though, if you don't want to feed Hills and don't want to cut his normal feed down further. Some Vets get commission for selling Hills, so I'm always a bit wary if one recommends the food, or any food which they sell, come to that. :wink:

When you're out walking, why not keep the lead on him and walk briskly for 10 mins (building up to 20 mins), so that he is having to keep trotting and getting his heart rate up a bit, then let him off to plod the rest of the walk. Or failing that, take him out for a brisk on lead walk as a second walk of the day. If you can build him up to 20 mins of trotting daily, his fitness will increase markedly and this will help him burn off all those unwanted stored calories. 8)
27-06-2013 08:27 PM
fiz I know what you mean if they are a plodder, sometimes its hard to get them motivated, I have one just like that.

Just recently I have started him on Synflex supplement for arthritis, he has not been diagnosed with it, but in his previous life before he came to me, he had no exercise for his previous 6 years, now he is 8 and was getting slower, I decided to see if it was because he was uncomfortable in his joints.

Now two months on he seems to have a new lease of life, even doing bum tucks which were very rare for him, also he is more enthusiastic on walks and running about so maybe your boy is feeling the aches of old age coming on.

Just to add, my boy had know interest in swimming previously, and last week he surprised me by doing a full swim in the stinky pond on our walk, to be honest I thought it was someone elses dogs swimming towards me as I had never seen him do it before without being pressurised [that was at a Hydro Therapy pool and he hated it] I could not believe my eyes he looked so confident.

So maybe any water you have would get his interest, and it is great for getting them fit without all the running about.

Just a thought, good luck.

27-06-2013 08:03 PM
bluestu32 I have recently moved to a new vet and she did suggest it. My lab is 5 years old and is a show type, whereas my other lab is a working dog and is always lean no matter what he eats.

I have been cutting down on his previous food and it has made very little difference, I also believe that by giving a dog less that required food means that the body stores it for longer and that they will be getting less essential vitamins than necessary.

I think the main issue is exercise as he will go for a long walk, but just plods and sniffs, whereas my working lab is constantly running about. Swimming sounds great, but not easy as I do not live near the coast or have a swimming pool, but I will search for hydrotherapy.

27-06-2013 07:25 PM
fiz Can I ask how old your boy is, also is this the vet you have always been with.

The reason I am asking is weight is often piled on because of life style, and vets it seems always have Hills Science on the shelf [including mine] it is interesting if this person has always been your vet, that he has not advised you previously to get your boys weight down sooner.

My daughters boy has been on Hills Science since he was a pup [now 5 years old and is a picture of health, glossy coat and energetic] he has done really well on it, so I cannot knock it because of what I read on the internet, but he has been monitered for weight increase and food has been adjusted accordingly if he started putting on weight which is not unusual when they get older.

The point of my question is, does your boy need to be on a different food, or should his existing food be reduced and exercise upped to get him into shape.

I realise circumstances can be the reason for weight piling on, either medical problems or a rescue that has not been exercised, and new owner has to try to get them back to a healthy weight, but what I don't feel is right is to change prescription food just to get their weight down.

If it was me unless the dog is getting on in age, I would try to get him swimming and think of a way to reduce his food and calories with some form of exercise, rather than putting pennys in the vets pocket.

I may have got it all wrong but I do not understand why a vet thinks a different food cures all.

27-06-2013 06:43 PM
Scatty Hi there,

Did your Vet tell you to put him/her on Hills? They often recommend it and it's not the best IMO.

What food were you using?

I also have a chubby Lab, last weighed in at 36kg and they also want him down to 30kg. I'd be happy at him being 32kg. He's from showlines and is a chunky boy anyway.

I moved Alfie to Arden Grange Lite from Skinners F&T, but this change was also due to him having a yeast ear.

Many folk don't even change food, just reduce amounts.

I'm sure you'll get more advice on here
27-06-2013 05:27 PM
Hills RD prescription diet food


Does anyone out there use this food? My brown lab is overweight at 38kg and the vet has told be to get him down to 30. He is not very tall, butt is stocky and is a real plodder and sniffer.

I've just started using this food, so fingers crossed, hopefully other have had luck with it.

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