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Low calorie or senior (large) dog food recommendations, please

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  • Low calorie or senior (large) dog food recommendations, please

    I tried searching, but didn't really find what I was looking for...

    I have a 6 year old large lab/pitt/? mix, who weighs just over 90 lbs and could stand to lose a few pounds. She's not terribly overweight, but I'm afraid is headed that way if something doesn't change. We got her at ~8mos old from a local rescue that fed Nature's Domain Salmon and Sweet Potato. She was doing fine on that, so we kept feeding it. A few years ago we dropped her food back from 2c twice/day to 1.5c twice/day.

    I think I need to switch to a lower calorie food, and wondering if I should just try a "diet" dog food or maybe switch to a senior formula, and if so what would be a good replacement.
    "So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit." Crash Davis; Bull Durham

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    I don't know of any "good" dog food maker that provides a diet or senior food. Those are more gimmick than anything with lots of unnecessary fillers. Just feed less. You can add green beans so the dog doesn't feel like she's being starved to death. You an also switch out some of the dry with canned food which tends to be lower in calories.
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    • #3
      My Boxer girl loves Solid Gold Fit and Fabulous. I would classify it as a "good" dog food maker. She gets plenty to eat and still keeps her lean, Boxer figure with a nice tapered waist and a hint of a rib when she turns a circle. She is 8 and is very active but was getting a bit chunky on regular calorie food. With that I had to reduce volume so much she was always hungry. She has bad knees so keeping her light is a positive health approach for many reasons.

      Pollock, pea fiber, oatmeal, brown rice, peas, pearled barley....and then there's small bits of "superfoods" such as carrots, pumpkin, spinach, blueberries, cranberries, apples, parsley, yucca, kelp, thyme, etc.

      The chicken version is good too.


      • #4
        Grain free foods are currently implicated in nutritionally related dilated cardiomyopathy. My veterinary cardiologist friend advised me not to feed grain free at this time. Also, Purina Pro Plan makes a good weight management formula. I have also had great results with Royal Canin foods.

        There is a lot of hype and misinformation about dog food. I fell for the hype and have fed many of the boutique grain free foods. Never again.


        • #5
          Feed a high quality dog food, but feed less food. My dog is fairly active and has a fantastic metabolism. He's a 75lb walker hound. I feed 1 cup 2x/day. He also gets treats-chicken, freeze dried Stella, etc. Just feed less and exercise. At 6, your dog is getting to the age where she is becoming more efficient with calories.


          • #6
            My dog is a legit senior. He’s 13. I feed him Pro Plan Bright mind senior large dog. He gets a cup morning and night. It keeps the weight off between treats and people food. He typically eats what I eat but still gets his kibble. Dog is as active as he wants to be. We walk multiple times a day as the shorter stints outside work better for him.

            Dog also gets cosequin and adequan injections. When he was your dog’s age he ate wellness.
            Don't try this at home.


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              WE had good luck taking some weight off my sons dog with Nutro Max Healthy Essentials weight control. She was able to lose about 10 pounds on it and get to right where the vet wanted her. She is also diabetic and her insulin was well controlled on it (with insulin of course).


              • #8
                As my dogs get older they just don't need as much food. My big dog gets 2 cups with some table scraps OAD now and has dropped and maintained an 11 pound weight loss. At 77 pounds I am happy with her weight and she has adjusted to eating once a day. It was rough to get started though....


                • #9
                  Have you had her thyroid checked? My 5 yr old Lab was getting fat and I was cutting her food......then found out she had a thyroid issue. Once I started the medication she started to trim up. I was feeding Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream but with the whole deal about the grain free diets I switched her to American Journey Large Breed Salmon/Brown Rice. She gets 3 cups a day (1 morning, 1 evening, and 1 just before bed).


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Uncorked View Post
                    Have you had her thyroid checked? My 5 yr old Lab was getting fat and I was cutting her food......then found out she had a thyroid issue. Once I started the medication she started to trim up. I was feeding Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream but with the whole deal about the grain free diets I switched her to American Journey Large Breed Salmon/Brown Rice. She gets 3 cups a day (1 morning, 1 evening, and 1 just before bed).
                    That is a good idea and worth a look to have her thyroid checked. Thanks for the thought.
                    "So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit." Crash Davis; Bull Durham


                    • #11
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