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Old 05-08-2009, 06:33 PM
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Unhappy Fat Jack needs a diet plan!

Hello people!

I was wondering if anyone could help me? I have a 5/6 year old, female (unspayed), short legged, Jack Russell Terrier. And she's fat She was given to us three years ago by a neighbour who had got her from a friend who had rescued her from abusive gypsies. She'd stayed with a workman who used to take her to work with him and they used to feed her fried brekkies and such. They succeeded in gaining her trust (apparently all she would do was shake and wee around people) but due to various reasons she landed on our doorstep and we kept her. She's a smashing dog, lots of energy and always keen for a walk etc but her taste for human food has never gone away. We gave her human food along with dried dog food and she always used to eat the lot but she gained a lot of weight. I think we fed her too much to start with and though we'd had her three years we've never really settled on a diet for her. Recently though we decided to take action and we are only giving her dried food and yes she eats it, but grudgingly. She nose's around her bowl looking for scraps and then eats a bit and walks away.

While one part of me is saying that this is for her own good I can't help but wonder if it's just the fact that it's boring for her. I mean, I wouldn't want to live on crackers for the rest of my life! So I was wondering if anyone has any tips on diet, ammount of food to give her, treats; natural? home made? etc Also any game ideas? Something that will keep her active for half an hour?
Basically anyone with tips, ideas, experience etc would be most gratefully recieved. I've just seen and bought a new puppy (jack x parson) and I have no wish for him to grow up eating the wrong ammount of food whether too much or too little.

Our dog had been bred by the gypsies that she was rescued from, and has a lot of puppy fat so I know she'll never be as thin as usual jack's but I know that fat dog's don't live as long and obviously we want her to live as long and happily as possible =)

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Old 05-08-2009, 06:38 PM
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Re: Fat Jack needs a diet plan!

i dont think dogs see food quite like we do, their smell is brilliant but they only have limited taste buds.

i think she will eventually settle for the dried food once she realises that the egg and bacon is no longer forthcoming.

she may be a bit fussy for a while but a healthy dog will not starve itself.

she will soon settle into the new routine i expect unless some other issues come into play.

but use the tough love kid, she;ll thank ya for it.
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:53 PM
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Re: Fat Jack needs a diet plan!

I'm having the same problem with our Bichon at the moment. I weighed him at the vets and was truly shocked at what he weighed so I put him on a diet straight away. The vet said to do it gradually though and not 'crash' diet him. She said I could take him to their doggy weight watchers if I couldn't shift the weight. His problem is too much human food too but he's on Naturediet twice a day now and he's definitely lost some because I can see he is getting a bit of a waist now. He's still got a way to go but at least he's losing it.
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:55 PM
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Re: Fat Jack needs a diet plan!

we have a jrt who is now 12 years old and about 3 years ago he looked like a barrel, he got lots of exercise but he still put on weight, we gave him a weight controlled diet dry dog food from the vets. He was only allowed 95g a day, and some cooked veg to bulk it up. He had this diet for 15 months, but we now have a very trim 12 year old who has lots more energy and the vet says he's got a waist again. If he looks as if he's putting weight on again we go back to the diet food, as all of the terriers are on james wellbeloved senior light. the food from the vet was called Royal cainn obesiety management and it worked for us, also having 2 other young dogs added to the family has given him a new lease of life, so with you getting the puppy they will play togdther and have lots of exercise.

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Old 05-08-2009, 07:09 PM
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Re: Fat Jack needs a diet plan!

Yes the puppy is helping because she makes him play whether he wants to or not. The vet also said that he would put more weight on because he's been neutered because they need less food after neutering but no-one told him that.
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Re: Fat Jack needs a diet plan!

If you throw her a ball will she run and bring it back, if not she is not past training this gives them great excercise and keeps their minds busy.

Ime a Burns freak i absolutely swear by it i will guarentee she will lose weight if given the correct ammount just a warning if you do feed this dont look at the ammount and increase it i know you will be tempted, they dont need as much of this food as commercial supermarket foods as i call them to satisfy, it is produced by a vet Mr Burns his nutrition team is fantastic i would ring them for advice as well. if you google burns dog food you can locate your nearest stockist and the telephone number is there as well. Its a completely natural food no additives or chemicals. good luck and well done for recognising this needs to be done.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:39 PM
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Re: Fat Jack needs a diet plan!

Or maybe a senior or lite food might help? My dog wouldn't eat burns when I tried it with him. He ate the sample so I bought a bag and he wouldn't touch it. He won't chase a ball either.
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Re: Fat Jack needs a diet plan!

Burns is a good food for helping dogs loose weight, you don't say what your feeding her at the moment, it could be that what your feeding is not helping the problem. Don't get suckered in by vets telling you that you have to buy diet food from them, that's a load of rubbish, it would more than likely be Hills which the vets get a kickback for selling.You can as someone else has said bulk her food out with veg, not many calories but it will make them feel full, you can also use veg as treats. You could buy a ball that you can put her ( dry ) food into that way she will need to work to get fed.

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Thanks for all your replies =D I read a couple of other theads that mentioned this NatureDiet so I think I'll give this a go!
Unfortunately she doesn't chase a ball, or will and then give up halfway and decide the tuft of grass is more interesting! lol
I'm feeding her on the adult James Wellbeloved, we used to feed her on Jack & Joe's from sainsburys which was amazing but they stopped doing it

Thanks Terri for the advice about the diet food, they did reccommend something though I don't know what it was but I think if there's nothing wrong with the dog than surely they can eat normal dog food?

And thanks Aurora for the veg idea - I feel so bad not giving her a treat sometimes but to have something healthy to give her will be good

Oh and does anyone know if liver is fattening? I see a lot of reciepes for liver treats but I'm not sure if that's just taking a step backwards lol

Thanks again for everyone's replies, much appreciated!

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Re: Fat Jack needs a diet plan!

hi good luck with the diet plan for your dog, Forumula K is another good one and is a special weight loss one. Does you dog enjoy water and swimming, as that is a great exercise for weight loss also. I take Bracken to a special canine pool we go just for fun, but there have a lot of dogs who go for weight loss because apparently a 3 minute swim is equal to a 5 mile walk.
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