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How To Get My Mini Aussie To Lose Weight

by Tammy
(New Jersey)



My female Aussie is really over weight. We have tried for years to get her to slim down. We have tried a lot of the top brand diet dog food and nothing seems to help. She is about 9 years old now. She only gets dry food and portion according to the bag. We have had her thyroid check 2x's already and that is within normal range.

I am worrying about the getting older and her weight on those little legs! She also has a crusty nose that the vet just seems to blow off. She has had that most of her life. Please keep in mind that I have 2 other dogs as well. I do my best to keep them all separate at dinner, but once in awhile she does steal a couple kibbles from the other bowls. We have a Shepard/Saluki mix a touch older and an indoor Great Pyrnes that just turned 2.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Tammy

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Aussie weight loss
by: Anonymous

I am not sure when you posted this comment, I cannot find a date. After we rescued our Aussie (regular sized) and she ballooned up rather quickly from her malnourished past. We were feeding her 2 cups of dry food a day.

We put her on a green bean diet per the suggestion of our vet's nutritionist.He said NOT to use diet dog food just cut her regular food in half or less and add green beans to it. They are a great source of fiber and they give them a "full" feeling. We give her as many green beans as she wants. We also use them as a treat. She loves them and she has lost close to 30 pounds. Hope this helps!

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