I recently fell in love with a 2 year old Corgi with major weight issues and I am wondering if I were to get him if I could "help" him loose weight. I will be asking the owner to weigh him for me but for now he just looks like a very overstuffed sausage. Now I do feed good food and NONE of my dogs have any weight issues. The owner has had him checked for thyroid and it's fine and she will also let me return him if there are any other issues. I am just feeling sooooooo bad for this beautiful boy with a wonderful personality and want to "save him" before his weight causes forever problems.
2/12/11 We recently decided as a family that we would like to give Zip a loving home and a chance to help him loose weight! Just found out this am that they will let us have Zip:): Can't wait till June!
Congrats Jane! It sounds like Zip needs your help asap. I feed Ella TOTW and her wait stays very steady. Just feed less than they have him on now. Sure does sound like he's eating more than they are saying. Could be eating livestock food, like you mentioned, or even the animal hay bedding. When we got Ella she lived on a farm and had been eating her hay bedding. We do the green beans too at dinner time, she loves them frozen (especially in summer) and they really fill her up.
Keep treats match-head sized. Be Scrooge with food. Don't look into his eyes.
Ours love chasing and rolling a volleyball or Nike Jr. 7" kids' basketball (toothproof); they learn to roll it themselves (at least on a paved surface), so Al practically exercises himself. Enlist a kid (I need to rent-a-kid to work out my dogs). Remember that this dog may not be very fit, so build up the exercise gradually and slowly. Tennis balls may be bad for their teeth but they sure love them.
Make sure the dog has fun, you too, else it won't work.
Al faked a sick call last year. $60 fer nuthin'. Al's kickback: the vet said he was a bit skinny and we could feed him a bit more. Al conned me once again...
Jane, you certainly will be able to help Zip loose weight. It sounds like your dogs are very active, so he will be getting a lot of exercise. Sophie got up to 36.5 lbs last year and I spent all year getting six pounds off of her. At the first vet visit she weighed 34 lbs and he gave me diet advice which I took and she gained 2.5 pounds. Well, it was trial and error and finally I came up with the right formula. 1/3 C Kibble (she gets Wellness) twice a day mixed with about 1C cut up defrosted frozen green beans and big spoonful of canned pumpkin. The green beans and pumpkin really made the difference. That should get the pounds melting off of him! Good luck and he is lucky boy to have you want to bring him into your family and help him get in shape!