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Weight Management
« on: April 17, 2007, 12:52:03 PM »
I have a question.  If a boxer is on weight management kibble, and canned, and needs to lose like 10lbs what is the best advice to offer?

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Re: Weight Management
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2007, 12:54:58 PM »
current kibble is nutro ultra weigh mgmt.

I would say nix the can add in lean proteins if they need add ins.

Also with a weight management kibble, why do they have a grain as the first ingredient?  Does that not defeat the purpose?   I would tend to think you would want a leaner kibble and avoid the carb.
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Re: Weight Management
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2007, 01:07:09 PM »
High carb means usually less fat.

What often works well is to replace a portion of the kibble (1/4 cup, say) with twice the amount of canned (no-salt-added) green beans or canned pumpkin.  This will fill the dog up, while decreasing caloric content.  (I would nix the canned, too, especially with the current recall situation!)
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Re: Weight Management
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2007, 01:10:59 PM »
Weight management foods are total crap. As you mentioned, they just replace the protein the dog needs with carbs by making a grain the first ingredient. They leave the dog hungry and unsatisfied. If someone wants a dog to lose weight they should feed them a good quality diet and give them lots of exercise. A quality diet could be a good kibble plus canned food with lean add-ins like low-fat cottage cheese and yogurt, chicken breast, veggies. They need to feed a good quality diet at regular feeding times and cut back on the amount if necessary. They can use canned green beans as filler if the dog acts like it's starving, and it might if it's used to being overfed.
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Re: Weight Management
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2007, 01:12:18 PM »
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(I would nix the canned, too, especially with the current recall situation!)

I don't see canned food as being the problem here. Canned food is often of better quality, with fewer grains, than the kibble version of the same food. But I would avoid any canned foods that have been recalled or contain wheat gluten.
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Re: Weight Management
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2007, 01:37:53 PM »
Nutro Ultra Weight Management canned is on the recall list.

I didn't mean nix it because of the weight thing, though; sorry, that was unclear.  I'm just not a fan of canned foods in general, and if you're adding other, healthy additives, I can't really think of a compelling reason to feed them.
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Re: Weight Management
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2007, 02:46:15 PM »
Ahhhh, that's right! I forgot that one was on "the list".

I feed canned food because the doggies really like it! :2thumbsup:
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Re: Weight Management
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2007, 06:10:13 PM »
We fed Nutro Ultra Weight Management and our dogs GAINED weight! The vet looked over the nutrient profile from the company and said that it was fitting for a maintenance diet. I agree with cutting down on the kibble and adding pumpkin or even steamed broccolli.

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