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Dog with bad arthritis and weight issues


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#1 ImperatorFuriosa

Posted 30 March 2019 - 07:43 PM

Hi,

My goldenx is 11 and has bad arthritis in her back legs and lower spine. She is on daily meds for inflammation and pain. I also sprinkle a powder on her food that helps relieve leg is issues. She is fed half a cup dry with 100grams wet twice a day.

We live in the NT and of course it's hot all year round. She lives inside all day in the aircon and goes out to the backyard 5x a day to do her business and sniff.

I have noticed lately she is panting more than normal and she is slightly overweight.

I was wondering what can I do to help my old gal lose weight even though she isn't very active. She has a sprain in one of her back legs that won't heal. She is happy to have a sniff around outside the house but her legs and spine make her a unhappy dog and she just sleeps a lot.

I just want to make her quality of life better.

Edited by ImperatorFuriosa, 30 March 2019 - 07:43 PM.


#2 kadoodle

Posted 31 March 2019 - 11:07 AM

How does she feel about swimming? Is there anywhere safe for that?

#3 ImperatorFuriosa

Posted 31 March 2019 - 12:51 PM

View Postkadoodle, on 31 March 2019 - 11:07 AM, said:

How does she feel about swimming? Is there anywhere safe for that?

There is no where here where she can swim unfortunately. I live in the bush in Kakadu and she might get taken out by a croc. lol

#4 KA

Posted 31 March 2019 - 01:07 PM

Is her dry food one for senior dogs? Their metabolism slows down as they get older so switching to a senior dog food helped our dog when she was about that age.

#5 ImperatorFuriosa

Posted 31 March 2019 - 02:35 PM

View PostKA, on 31 March 2019 - 01:07 PM, said:

Is her dry food one for senior dogs? Their metabolism slows down as they get older so switching to a senior dog food helped our dog when she was about that age.

No it isn't. What do you use?

#6 MarciaB

Posted 31 March 2019 - 02:44 PM

I have recently switched the food of one of my dogs to a "diet" food - it is the Royal Canin Satiety.

He is eating it just fine and has lost 1kg over a month without too much effort.  I also have been carefully measuring it.


https://www.royalcan...ight-management

#7 MarciaB

Posted 31 March 2019 - 02:50 PM

Or, my vet said if I didn't want to try the "special" food to just cut down the regular food.

So reduce by 10% for 2 weeks.

Then another 10% if no weight lost for another 2 weeks and weigh again.

My Mum swears by adding grated carrot to her dogs food if she is trying to cut them down.   My dog wouldn't eat it!

#8 KA

Posted 31 March 2019 - 04:28 PM

View PostImperatorFuriosa, on 31 March 2019 - 02:35 PM, said:



No it isn't. What do you use?

We use Proplan Bright Mind Senior.

#9 fols

Posted 31 March 2019 - 08:07 PM

If the weight gain and panting are a new development then a Vet check might be worthwhile also. There are a number of illnesses that could be causing the signs.

They can also advise on diet if everything else seems ok.




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