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Chewy's Sparking Too!

Monday, January 07, 2013

Meet my BF's fat dog, Chewy.

Saturday was Day 1 of her Spark program emoticon

We noticed for a while that she was getting chubbier, but now she's got a legit muffin top. She weighed in at 44.2 lbs, meaning she gained at least 7 lbs since we moved to GA! Back in NC we had a fenced in yard and 2 chickens for her to chase around for hours on end. Now she's moving a lot less and stealing food from the 2 other dog bowls. Chewy is also the official kitchen floor cleaner, so she's probably consuming a few hundred calories/week helping to clean up spills. She's turning 5 this year, so we need to nip it in the bud before she starts having hip trouble later in life.

According to my research, a 44 lb dog needs around 630 cals/day. Since we're aiming for a deficit, we're going to limit her to 1-3/4 cups of food per day plus 3-5 small treats. BF says he's committing to taking her on more walks and hikes at the park. Chewy is the most active out of all our dogs (she's got some kind of hyper terrier in her), so she'll be happy with the increase in exercise.

We're excited to get her back in shape! Our goal is to have her down 5 lbs by Spring so she'll feel her best when we take her camping. No tummy dragging on the trails!

I'll keep you posted on her progress :)


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ERIN1128 1/7/2013 12:09PM

    Aw, she's adorable! Good for you for keeping her healthy.

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LOLATURTLE 1/7/2013 11:17AM

    Aw, so cute. Check with the vet, obviously, but both my friend and now my brother & SIL have had good success with the Green Beans Diet. They add cooked green beans mixed in with the dog food to bulk up the meals so the doggie isn't hungry when their food gets cut back!

It worked for a friend to slim down her two dogs, and for my brother's dog who got crazy hyper when she started feeling better on her new arthritis meds, and started chewing everything in the house. When she's stuffed full of green beans she doesn't chew up everything like a crazypants anymore, so she must have been hungry. Looks like she's about Chewy's size (she's a husky) and she gets half a can mixed with her doggie food, if that helps.

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POISONGIRL999 1/7/2013 10:01AM

    My doggie is in the same situation. We thought he was just getting old, so being less active gaining some weight no biggie right. Took him to the vet, he's actually a few years younger than the humane society told us and he's just fat, hence the lying around all day. He's on a diet for now and whent he snow clears, walks daily.

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CATTUTT 1/7/2013 9:25AM

    I need to do the same thing for my Ginger. I hope it works well for Chewy!


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BIGPAWSUP 1/7/2013 8:56AM

    My Tazzy has done wonderful on Spark! Gypsy just won't commit! emoticon

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    My Maggie has been gaining weight too. She loves to eat and sleep. And of course try to catch the bunnies in the yard.

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