Hi. My 2 year old Corgi, LaVerne got injured and she had to have surgery on her shoulder. She wasnt svelte before the injury but now she has been on restricted activity,( only leash walked outside to go to the bathroom,) and she has gotten quite chunky. She is a little over 33 lbs! The Vet put her on Hills Prescription diet rd, but she had been throwing up and I suspect the food isnt agreeing with her. Does anyone have suggestions for a healthy diet dry kibble diet for her to go on? I know her weight is slowing down her recovery but its so hard to lose weight when she has to be kept inactive.

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Comment by Gail and Ashton on November 5, 2010 at 5:59pm
R/D is Hill's reducing diet while the W/D is their weight management diet. If she's having trouble with Hill's you can probably try Royal Canin Calorie Control diet which is another prescription diet. Don't forget to take the prescription food back to the vet too since Hill's does give you money back for returned food. Other than that the suggestions for home cooked food is great if you have the time.

Can she have any physical therapy? At least with that she would be getting some exercise. If no one in Wenachee does therapy let me know since the clinic I work at does.

Get well soon Laverne! <3
Comment by Judi, Dawn, Soffie & Griffyn on November 3, 2010 at 3:21pm
I'm not a fan of any of the Hill prescription diet food.

When Soffie partially tore her acl the orthopedic specialists told us that she needed to lose 10 pounds. We researched alot of the brands out there and finally chose Wellness Healthy Weight. We cut her portion back to 1/4 cup in the am and 1/4 cup in the pm. We supplemented each mealtime with a big (maybe even huge) handfull of the frozen cut green beans. We buy the grocery store brand. And only 1 treat (night time snack) a day. It took probably about 10 months but she lost the 10 pounds!!

We now feed Wellness Simple 5 mix. And she and Giffyn are both maintaining their weight. I still feed on 1/4 cup in the am and 1/4 cup in the pm and supplement with the green beans. Their kong treat at night usually is stuffed with a Wellness bisquit and some green beans. Or a Wellness bisquit and pumpkin which we freeze, they LOVE EM!!!

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Comment by Bev Levy on November 2, 2010 at 8:46am
I would buy a low calorie kibble at the pet store and add green beans to make up for the low quantity. I feed mine 1/3 cup of kibble twice a day with green beans at dinner. With out the exercise option you really have to decrease calories. You can use squash or canned pumpkin (not pie filling) but I find green beans easier. It is possible that she is so hungry that she is throwing up because she is eating too fast so I would add some low calorie bulk like the green beans. It will take time to see weight loss so be patient.
Comment by Joanna, Rainy and Calvin on November 1, 2010 at 10:18pm
When Algy had to lose weight, the vet put him on Prescription Diet w/d that we supplemented with pumpkin, and he lost 20 pounds. The treats we bought for him (and which we still buy for Calvin and Rainy) are Veterinary Select and they are like little rice cakes - good for the kidneys and good for the weight. Algy also had probelsm with some kibble agreeing with him. Don't know if the rd is similar to the w/d and I don't know if this helps at all. Get better soon LaVerne! Lots of hugs and kisses from us!!

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