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Old 01-14-2013, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Beagle anxiety, recent weight gain- how to deal with it?

I have a nine year old beagle, Zig- his buddy, my other dog- a jack russell- passed away recently. It happened right after I came home from a road trip, with a new dog- a three year old rottweiler. Anyways, since that time my beagle has put on a lot of weight and has a lot of anxiety. He gets along great with our new rottie (though she is a little dominating with him) and I take them for hikes every weekend. I only feed him twice a day in attempts to lower his weight, and I can't always get away to take him on walks everyday, though I do try.

His personality has changed a bit in the regard that his anxiety is the worst its ever been. I think its mainly because his best friend passed away, he must still be adjusting to the absence.

My beagle has become more needy and anxious since our other dog Max passed away- and I'm just hoping for some suggestions on how to lower his weight and help out his anxiety cause he certainly needs and deserves it!

Thanks for your time,

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Old 01-14-2013, 05:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I suddenly lost my beagle Tess and her best buddy Belle mourned her for a long time. Belle often only would lay in one spot on the couch where Tess usually slept. She even stopped playing with toys for years and only until recently has she started again. So if you are wondering if Max is mourning his buddy the answer is a resounding YES. Second thing that crossed my mind was maybe he is feeling a little neglected. You may be unintentionally paying more attention to the new dog. Personally I'd spend more "me time" with Max. Also I'd feed the two separately and feed Max first so he understands he's still your boy. Love on him.

Oh I forgot....look into the green bean diet. It will help reduce his weight. Another thing maybe a trip to the vet to make sure the weight gain isn't something medical..

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