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17th December 2007, 11:21 AM
Hi all,

i am picking up my new and first cavalier on sunday. He is three years old and due to the family having a rather difficult baby they are selling the dog. He has basically put on about 2 kilos of weight since they had their second child as they have not been able to look after him as well as they would have liked.

My question is i want to get him back down to his ideal weight as soon as possible and was wondering how quick/much you should diet a dog. I dont want to fast the dog etc

Barbara Nixon
17th December 2007, 11:37 AM
Give more exercise, but build it up gradually , if he hasn't been used to it and cut his food to a half or two thirds of the amount recommended by the manufacturer, because they nearly always over prescribe. A little bran in the food ( horse or rough from a health shop, ie not processed cereal) added to his food will help make him feel full and be good for bowel movements.

Cathy Moon
17th December 2007, 11:50 AM
Congats on your new addition! :)

You might want to take him to the vet and have his joints checked, especially his knees, before exercising him with long walks. Sometimes painful knee problems, which can be easily corrected surgically, can be a factor in young dogs getting overweight. And being overweight can put extra stress on the dog's joints.