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    I have one that is a little over weight and have cutt the food back, she has been loosing about a pound a week or 2 pounds a month. Its hard to say for sure how much she loses since shes been on meds for awhile.
    Last vet visit she lost a pound in a week.
    I am trying to get her to lose more weight, but wondering if there is a guide line to go go by(how many pounds a month to loose?)
    She is not real fat and you can see some ribs. But I know Its hard to say without seeing her.
    Just wondering if you have one on a diet, how quick should you expect results, a week,month?
    She lost 7 or 8 ponds from her last year check up.
    Just dont want to over do it

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    Not sure how old she is but my 11yo is on ProPlan Weight Management now. After 3 weeks he has lost 3 pounds. He weighed 77lb and is now down to 74. We are running him every day and letting him swim every day to keep his joints mobile. I also have him on Best in Show Enhanced for Glucosamine etc. Hoping he will loose more. He still is very active. I don't want to over do it either and that is why I am checking in with the vet periodically. He loves food!!!Good luck to you. It is hard when they look at you like they have not eaten!
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    Thanks,
    She is only 5 years young, but gained the weight when she had a litter a couple or three years ago. I havnt been training much in past year due to injuries with dogs and work.
    I Feed Purina one (Not Pro Plan26/16) Wished I new how much weight lose in a time frame would be healthy.

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    It is hard to tell without looking at the dog but if you can see some ribs you are either at or below ideal body conditioning. Why the push to lose weight?

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    She seems kinda wide to me.
    I dont know if the litter of pups spread her rib cage out or what.
    I have to to to her back to vet next week and will ask him.

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    Generally, a dog that looses 1-2% of body weight per week will loose fat without sacrificing muscle mass. If they loose weight faster than that, they are probably loosing muscle as well. So, for a 75lb dog, that's a maximum of 1.5 lbs per week.

    I've been weighing Hudson weekly since we started back in work. He had gotten quite fat... I lost my dog food measuring cup and thought I could "eye ball" it, until I looked at him one day and went, dang, you're as big as a house!!! Anyway, long story short, he's been on a diet for about 4 weeks and has gone from 84# to 79#. I'd like him to get down closer to 74, especially in the warmer months. I noticed that he "yo yo'd" the first 2 weeks, and since then has been steadily loosing about 1.5# per week. There are some calculators online that you can use for calorie content for weight loss, but I think they overestimate calorie needs quite a bit. I just kept cutting back his food by 10-15% until he started loosing, and now I'm weighing him weekly to make sure he's not loosing to quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad View Post
    She seems kinda wide to me.
    I dont know if the litter of pups spread her rib cage out or what.
    I have to to to her back to vet next week and will ask him.
    Check out this link. It's pretty much the standard.
    http://purinaveterinarydiets.com/res.../dog_chart.pdf

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    The way things have been going with sickness and injuries have been getting them wieghed often.
    Been playinig with snakes past couple days.
    I can see ribs if she turns.
    Thanks for the replies,

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    My BLF was (still is) on a diet. She is small framed and was weighing @ 68 lbs. I would say over the last month she has lost 6-7 lbs. Feeding her PPP sport, 1 cup i n morning 1 cup at night. Unfortunately I dont have the time to run her as much as I would like (tomorrow, 3 mile hike and bumper throws in the lake). She looks good now but would like to see her down another pound or two.

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