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/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/PuppyEyes.gif DAISY came from the Humane Society a over weight . Is this anything to be concerned about ? Pointers to keeping thier weight under control ?
 

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How much does she weight?
And what do you feat her?

Overweight can cause many problems and diseases.
My advice is to feat some special diet food.
 

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Who told you she was overweight?
If you haven't already take Daisy to see a vet you trust and ask them about her weight. You do not want to put her on a weight management diet without OK from her vet. If they feel it's necessary for her to lose some weight they can recommend a good weight loss food, as well as other things to help her lose weight.

The vet said he wants Abby down to 27lbs...last vet appointment she was 32. She got to 32lbs by eating our cat's food (which is very fatty) and because I was uncomfortably pregnant we did not walk as much as we should have. We have since put the cat food out of reach and since the beginning of the year she's gone for at least one nice, long walk a day...she seems to be losing her bulbous belly /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/tired.gif
 

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Beagles can be tricked into weight loss by adding canned green beans and reducing the amount of kibble(adding bulk but very little in the way of calories...and no fat). Obviously, you should speak to the vet about this first to find out how much kibble she should receive each day.

You can replace treats with baby carrots or apple slices or even ice cubes. Find some sort of raw veggie that she likes and go with that instead of dog biscuits or whatever else she gets as treats.

The lady in our puppy class said, "Remember. Every treat you give your dog is like a candy bar. Don't give your dog more treats than you would give a child candy bars." I thought that was a good way to view it.

That said, Kioko only gets little bitty training treats, so she gets more than one per day. If this is your situation, you could cut the carrots into slices and give her a little bite at a time...get creative.

Definitely make her walk at least once a day.

Let us know how she does!
 

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Originally Posted By: MrsNix
The lady in our puppy class said, "Remember. Every treat you give your dog is like a candy bar. Don't give your dog more treats than you would give a child candy bars." I thought that was a good way to view it.
It sure is! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/sleep.gif
 

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You can also find lots of meaty, tasty treats that are 'lean' or made of chicken. Pupperoni's Lean Meat recipe is 90% fat free, and of course, easy to break up and 'savor'. Henry gets the occasional milkbone, maybe 1 lean pupperoni stick throughout the day, and carrots or apples the rest of the time.
 

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Our vet said it perfectly, We Americans with our abundance are feeding our pets to death. So he recommended making my own dog food, which hasn't been too tough, although the next trip we are going to talk about kibble again. Both our boys, who are 10 and 7 are overweight, although Chip has lost 4 lbs since he started eating Mom's homecookin'. So, putting more veggies in their food, changing snacks to cut up carrots or green beans (watch for too much though, it can cause loose stools)...is wise advice. Get with your vet and see if Daisy needs to be on a "diet"....or maybe just walking and exercise will help her out. Good luck...
 

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That's great news! My new beagle was a bit under weight but we have to be careful to only allow her a slight weight gain. They sure do love to eat! But if you keep them active, feed proper foods and limit the treats, it makes for a healthy and trim beagle! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif
 

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That is great that she is not overweight, this is something that you really have to watch with a beagle because they tend to be garbage guts and will eat everything. Just watch that they still have a waistline, you can still feel their ribs and that they still have a good tuck (under the belly should raise after the rib cage). All beagles are a little different but I would bet that most I have seen can use to lose a few pounds.
 

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Wonderful! /clap for Daisy.
 
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