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Mini-Aussie Ideal Weight

by Tina C
(Arizona)

I have a 3 year old female Miniature Aussie and she currently weighs 30 pounds. She gets moderate exercise (2 mile brisk walk each morning; chasing rabbits, birds, etc around a 1 acre yard). We feed her 150 grams of Science Diet Lite dog food per day (three even feedings), just reduced from 175 gms at the recommendation of her vet, who says she is obese, and wants her to lose about 10 pounds over 10 months. Since we've owned only standard Aussies previously, I don't know what an ideal weight should be. Vet checked thyroid, no issues. Her weight gain has been steady over her three years, nothing sudden, and seems to have leveled off. Her mom and dad were both well below 30 pounds. Any thoughts?

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Mini Aussie Weight
by: Colin

Hi,

Possibly it's the food your dog is getting. I know I had one of my Aussie's on a diet dog food that's kinda expensive. Because of budget reasons we changed her food to another less expensive "diet" dog food and she blew up like a balloon. Possibly it's just the dog food you're feeding her. I'm not saying that you're feeding your dog "cheap" dog food... but maybe you might want to investigate other foods too. Anyway... it' s just a thought :)

Hungry Aussies
by: Kathy

Our Aussie loves to eat, and gains weight very easily. If she was allowed to free feed she would balloon. Her ideal weight is about 40lbs, and to maintain that she is fed about 2 cups of light, very high quality food a day, divided into 2 servings.

The poor thing always acts like she is starving, but this dietary restriction is necessary to keep her weight under control.

Exercise is important, but I think regulating food intake is key to weight management.

Kathy

Mini Aussie Ideal Weight
by: Nonnie

We have a 2-1/2 year old mini Aussie who weighs 30 lbs. Her vet thinks she is at an ideal weight. She is about 16" at the withers and is extremely active. She runs in our backyard as much as I will allow her. We live in Texas so as long as it is not too hot, she is allowed to go in and out as she pleases. We also play games with her - toss the rope, or anything else that we can throw gently inside. She loves it and will play as long as we will throw it.

Our toy Aussie is 21 lbs, down from 25. She is only 13" tall . She is totally food aggressive and we have to watch her all the time. We have cut her serving size down per her vet. That is when she lost the huge four lbs !!! She is a watcher and to a participator in the activities that go on.

Mini Aussie weight
by: Tina C

Nonnie - Thank you for your input. Our mini is also about 16 inches at her withers, so seems very similar to yours in size and weight. We're walking ours 2 miles a day (Mon-Fri), and Mia has access to our 1 acre yard as much as she wants, so gets lots of additional exercise. I'm going to stay on her 150 gms of food a day (fed over three meals)and weigh her in a few days, after she's been on the reduced amount for a month. I may reduce it a little further, to about 125 gms (about 1-1/4 cups)and see how she responds. Thanks again!

Ideal Weight
by: Nonnie

We feed our dogs (all four) Blue Buffalo. Not the Wilderness. The one that comes in the plain colored bags, grain free, chicken, weight management. Our vet said the feeding amounts on the bag are for working (herding) dogs. We feed our mini 1 c in the morning and 1/2 in the evening. That way she gets the most calories for the day when she is active and not at night when she is sleeping. Our 13" toy only gets 1/3 c in the morning and 1/4 at night.

Mini Aussie Diet
by: Anonymous

Several years ago my vet said that my mini Aussie was overweight at 30 pounds. I found that by changing his food to a high protein, grain-free one did the trick over the course of a year. I feed him 1/2 cup in the a.m. and 1/2 cup in the p.m. I also limit his treats throughout the day. He is doing very well at 23-24 lbs. His coat is spectacular—no doubt from a very high quality, albeit expensive, food. But I feel that the old adage, "you are what you eat" applies to dogs, too.
I also agree with some of the other contributors who've mentioned the possibility of bloating with some of the lesser quality foods that have a number of fillers in them. So my advice is try a better food and limit the amounts, but do it gradually.

Weight reduction is working
by: TinaC

Thanks to all who commented on my question about the proper weight for a Mini. I reduced Mia's daily food portion to 100 gms per day, split evenly among three feedings, and she's now at 25 pounds. The vet was very pleased, and Mia is still a high-energy beauty with a great coat and all the other marks of good nutrition. Yes, she still acts like she's "starving" and complains when her feeding clock isn't met immediately, but we're happy she's at a better weight.

mini aussie ideal weight
by: Dona

About Mia- would you mind recommending the brand of food that you used to having her lose the added weight?? And congrats!! I have a 16 month old that weighed in at 37.7 --I need to do something to help him! He has over an acre of yard to exercise and play in and does a lot of chasing rabbits and the 3 rottweilers as well.

Weight maintenance tips
by: Tina C

Happy to report that Mia is now at 19 pounds, and per vet, at a perfect weight! It took us over a year to safely achieve the weight reduction, but she is very healthy, great coat, clear eyes, no digestive issues. We feed her a measured 120 grams (about 1-1/4 cup) of Science Diet Lite, rationed over three meals a day. Supplemented with a small handful of diced raw carrots for lunch and dinner, which seems to satisfy her appetite. The vet also suggested green beans or any low-sugar vegetable. We also use the carrots as an occasional treat, instead of what can be high calorie "cookie" treats. We get as much walking in as possible, but she still has access to our acre yard and the birds and rabbits to chase.

toy aussie weight
by: PatriciaG

Reading all comments about weight loss. My Ruger is a toy aussie about 12" high at the withers. He ballooned after getting neutered. Right now he is 5 yrs old and weighs 26 lb. The vet put him on IAMS prescription, but after 3 months he had only lost 1 lb, and did not like the food. I put him back on "Chicken Soup Weight Management", and he gets 1/3 cup twice a day, with 1 tblsp of IAMS wet chicken. I read that MIA lost her weight with the Science Diet. I am really thinking about switching to it, although it has more protein and fat content than what I am using.

Has anyone else had good luck with this? Ruger has suffered from pancreatitis and the vet says keep the fat low and don't overdo the protein. A lot of people say high protein for weight loss, but I can't take a chance on him getting sick again. I would love some input. Science Diet doesn't get very good reviews, but the vets seem to really like this food. Since MIA seems to really like it, I would like to try it.

Losing only 1 lb in 3 months was not encouraging. Also, he has a 1 acre yard, and plays out there with the border collie, chasing him and his aussie sister. We do walk, but he has breathing issues (weight possibly), and a chronic limp that comes and goes. Vet can't find anything wrong except possibly a bit of arthritis. He has been tested for thyroid and it is normal. My girl mini aussie has thyroid issues and is on medication.

Hope to hear some comments and advice.

Thanks

Mia Update - weight control
by: TinaC

PatriciaG - Re: your question about Science Diet. We have fed our Aussies (3) Science Diet their entire lives, since getting our first one in 1976. It was vet-recommended then, and almost 40 years later, our current vet endorses our use of it since it has worked so well for Mia. She just had a wellness check and weighed in at 20 lbs, which the vet is happy with. I think the real reasons for our success at getting her weight down are twofold: MEASURE/WEIGH the food portion (I use a kitchen scale) every morning, don't guess; and absolutely ignore her whimpers for treats or off-cycle feeding. It's so easy to slip her a treat, and it's not surprising they have a very cumulative effect on weight control. Supplementing her SD with carrots has also proven to satisfy her appetite in a low-calorie way. There are so many dog foods on the market and it can be confusing. But we saw no reason to spend a lot of $$ on prescription foods when a disciplined approach to food quantity and continued access to exercise worked for us, and Mia is very healthy!

Mini Aussie Sizes
by: Negar

I thought miniature Australian do not grow more than 20 lbs?!

I have a puppy and he weighs 2lbs, he was a runt! I love him so much!

I am feeding him Natural Balance as I been told by numerous people including other breeders this is considered one of the best foods! I bought the packages from PetValu.

I would like my puppy to get bigger... he seems small!

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