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    Quote Originally Posted by eimear View Post
    Thanks Everyone, I'll try cutting the food down a bit more. Hopefully it'll do the job. The walking in the rain is a definite no though, I tried last night and she just sat down and refused to walk until we turned and headed back for the house, she ran then!

    That sounds familiar - oh so VERY Cavalier
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    Hi eimear,
    How is the weight issue going? Did your cav loose weight? I am with you there. I have to get some weight off my cavalier. She is not liking it at all. she will go to the pantry or the fridge and bark, thinking I will cave and get her something. She is so smart. I have switched from giving her dog treats to giving her raw veggies for snackes. She is on low calorie dog food and I mix cooked veggies with it to help her feel a little fuller. It works for a little while! She has lost some weight but has a little more to loose. Good luck to you and your cavalier!

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    My "being nagged" moment was when Emiko went to the vets to have her teeth cleaned in August - 11Kg!! I was shocked as Yoshi was so slim I just hadn't noticed. The vet did nag me a lot about it! She is also one of those lazy cavaliers - when we are walking especially in the rain she will just sit down and not move - my latest trick is to walk off and appear to leave her - she gets up then as she doesn't like to be left behind I think the only time I really see her move is when we approach home - then she runs!

    I trained her to walk on our running machine so she gets an hour on the heath walking in the morning and 30mins on the machine in the afternoon. I also changed to Hills diet food mixed with sperziebonen (haricot or french beans?) and cut out all treats except veggies. Last week she went for a check up with the vet to see how the weight loss was going and she is 9Kg! the vet said 1Kg more to go so over halfway. I also never fed my dogs the recommended amount always around three quarters as it seems so much for a little dog. Training her to walk on the machine was probably the most help as she is exceptionally lazy and that was probably the cause of her weight problems.

    good luck with getting the weight off!

    Sarenna

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    When i was getting Stitch groomed yesterday they weighed him and said he is overweight at 8kg....at least I am sure she said kg but reading this post 8kg seems to be alright?!? they told me that he should lose 1.5kg and then he will have less risk of health problems - He does look very tubby. I have been feeding him 50gm in the morning and 100gm in the evening...compared to what some people have said here that even sounds too much? should I reduce it to 50 and 50???
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    Healthy weight will depend on the overall size of the dog. Max is quite tall and his healthy weight will probably be a few pounds more than Rylie's. I think the main thing is that you should be able to feel the ribs, and they should have a waist. I expect for dogs with fuller coats you might only see the waist when wet but I'm not sure. Mindy's is visible but she has quite a thin coat. Max is fairly fluffy and I can't see his waist when he's dry but I can after bathing.
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    I would have thought 8Kg was fine for a cavalier.
    That's less than 18 lbs.I certainly wouldn't be panicking over that.
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    My boy is approx 8kg and he is certainly not over weight, although he is longer in the legs than some cavaliers. On his visit to the vets for his check up for MVD and more meds this week the vet said he was a nice weight for a cavalier.

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    stitch is quiet short for a cavalier I think - after looking at all the pics on here most seem to have long legs but be very slender ... stitch is more short and tubby! lol
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    Pudding is kinda cute! I had a cat once someone called a meatloaf with legs...now that's insulting!
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    I have had my friend's Cavalier Leyla staying with us now for 1 week, her mum has gone to work abroad. When she came she was very overweight at 11.5kg as she is only a small cavalier due to being given cakes and chocolate etc.
    I am pleased to report that after only a week she now weighs 10.6kg a loss of nearly 1 kg due to being only fed James Wellbeloved Light and a few veggies and going for a long walk every day. Still a way to go yet but am really happy and have already noticed that her breathing is better and she is not lagging behind on our walks. Just have to hope that her mum stays away for a while.
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