Overweight Cocker Spaniel

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My Cocker Spaniel is a little overweight and I was wondering what kind of food could help her to lose weight. At the moment, I'm using Taste of the Wild which she seems to enjoy.

I started using this during the dog food recalls. It has a lot of protein in it, but unfortunately, she's gaining quite a lot of weight.

What do you recommend?

PS: She is 6 years old.

Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)

If your Cocker Spaniel is fit and healthy, there are several things you can do to help her lose some weight.

First of all, I recommend you determine how much weight you'd like her to lose - what is her ideal weight?

I'm assuming you have your target figure in mind, but if you're not sure, I recommend you phone your vet or practice nurse and ask their opinion.

Alternatively, you might like to use this as a guide to determining your cocker spaniel's ideal weight.

Once you've a target weight loss in mind, you can begin.

Your cocker should have plenty of exercise, at least an hour each day. If you can, walk her twice each day.

Take her to the park and throw a ball, a stick or a Frisbee. Get her lungs and heart pumping!

Take care with her food and treats. Measure her food out carefully, according to the food manufacturer's recommendation.

Any treats you give her should be offset against her food allowance and make sure all members of the family understand her new needs.

By the way, you can actually buy a 'lighter' kibble with less calories for dogs that are overweight or who've been neutered.

It's no more complicated than that!

Good luck!

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Overweight Cocker Spaniel
by: Anonymous

Hi, you should be considering reducing her intake of protein if your cocker's becoming a little overweight, and if you can, exercise her a bit longer each day.

I buy kibble for 'seniors' for my Cocker because he's 7 and puts on weight very easily - despite being walked twice a day and having regular play sessions.

I split his food allowance in two and feed him morning and night and only give him the occasional treat and that seems to keep his weight down.

You can also buy a 'low calorie' or 'lighter' dog food that will help to reduce her weight, and there's a 'maintenance' food available that will help to maintain the weight once you get her to where you want her to be.

I don't want to recommend anything because I think each dog is different and enjoys different tastes. It's a personal choice between you and your pooch :)

Just take a look at the selection on offer in your local (large) supermarket or pet store (or even on-line) and study the packaging to see what's best for your pet. It might be better to do this on-line because some of the packaging and ingredients lists can take a little time to understand and appreciate. Plus you can take notes as you go.

There's a great article on this website about helping your cocker spaniel to lose weight - I'm sorry but I can't remember where I saw it, but you might like to try using the search facility at the top of the page.

Anyway, I wish you luck and hope your dog stays happy and healthy!

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