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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbiedog View Post
    I really do appreciate your opinion and I do think Dublin could stand to lose more weight. I am a little OCD about weight, mine included. I drive my kids bonkers. One is overweight and one is underweight..... Guess which one makes me cringe less???? Dublin was on and off steroids for 18 months and has lost weight since her last time on them. I am very strict with her diet but I have to watch my husband with her. My goal is by the end of the year she is at the best possible weight for her and I think she will be there at around 42lbs. She is down from 51lbs at the height of the steroids to 46lb now. I look forward to posting her new svelte pics in the near future.
    The steroids were probably a lot to do with her putting on a bit of weight ... now she's off them she should start to lose weight naturally as the steroids leave her system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbiedog View Post
    She has brown over one eye also which means she has white eyelashes on one side and black on the other :-) Looking at her pics how do you think her body shape compares to Lily? I know she eats healthy because her coat is so white, shiny and thick and everyone comments on it. It just occured to me that any extra weight is in all that wonderful thick fur
    I actually think they kinda look like they are built the same way...have the same frame. Even though Lily is only almost 9 mo I think her body type looks just like Dublins. Does that make sense?? LOL
    What do you think? I think she looks perfect. He weight seems fine to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Momma2Bullies View Post
    It is hard to say because like others have posted, there are different sizes of bulldog. Is she still on puppy food? Puppy food is super high in calories (rightly so!)....My guys were overweight at that age (like high 50s) - I didn't know that (I thought they looked great!) but that was too much for their frames. My vet advised that I transition to adult food (they were 10 months) even though they weren't a year old yet. I am just like you - strict food portions and average amount of walking for bulldogs. Once I switched to adult food, I have been able to maintain their weights pretty well (54 for my male, and 52ish for my female). I would like to have my female drop a pound or too, but I mean I can feel her ribs slightly and she has a "tuck" at her waistline. They really dropped weight when I switched to adult food.

    You might need to only have her drop a pound or two... and switching might do it. Good Luck!
    I feed her NVI and it's says it's an all stage food. It's 444 cal in a standard 8 oz cup.
    Should I maybe think about changing her to a lower cal food?

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    Baby carrots contain sugar in them which breaks down to calories/fat. Green beans have 0 calories so that is why they are recommended. I would go with asparagus if you can't do green beans.

    I think so looks awfully cute, but I love chubby bullies!!! I would think if she lost 2 lbs it would make a world of difference.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily122511 View Post
    I actually think they kinda look like they are built the same way...have the same frame. Even though Lily is only almost 9 mo I think her body type looks just like Dublins. Does that make sense?? LOL
    What do you think? I think she looks perfect. He weight seems fine to me.
    I think if you can keep her close to the weight she is at right now especially if you think that she and Dublin have the same frame, then she will grow into her body. As long as her nutrition is right on then a pound here or there would be just perfect for her. I know I "spoiled" Dublin at the same age Lily is now as she was always sick. Bad thing to do. You have stepped in at the right time so you are ahead of the game. Kudos to you for asking the questions. The steroids were just awful for Dublin as she would steal food anytime she could and that mostly meant the cats food. we didnt' know she was doing it as she was so cunning and quiet about it. She would throw up and we couldn't figure it out. Then I recognized the smell and it hit me instantly. We watched her to see what she would do. We keep the cats food in the laundry room and she never goes in there otherwise. When she knew we werent' looking she would quietly go in and gorge herself on whatever was there and then quietly leave. Never underestimate the brain of a bulldog LOL We fixed that, but it has all taken it's toll on her weight. As I said she is down from 51lb to 46lb and just a few to go. Lily has the cutest face :-)

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    That is what I feed my guys also! Hmmm... I am also playing with the amounts. My male get a cup twice a day, female gets 3/4 cup twice a day. They seem to get a wicked energy "boost" right after they eat, so I have been wondering if it is too high calorie. The grain-free foods seems to be higher calorie, and of course high protein, so I also wonder if that is where I am having trouble (maybe same for you????)....
    My two are 1 year 3 months now, and I am still figuring out the food thing. I am debating whether to just go back to Wellness "reduced weight"... they did well on it, and it was lower cal and lower protein but it isn't a "grain-free 6-star" food and I felt I should change. I would still like to them each drop a pound a or two, but it just doesn't seem to happen. I am giving NVI LID another month, will let you know how it goes..... (that food here in Canada is very expensive, and special order only. Stores don't even stock it!).

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    if you want your dog to lose weight cut back the amount of food your giving them or exercise them more. i have fed sarah reduced fat and calorie foods and well i ended up feeding her more of it as she was really starving but thats just my experience with it. nvi is great food so id say dont feed them as much and if still hungry try to feed some veggies to fill them up. just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowsmom View Post
    if you want your dog to lose weight cut back the amount of food your giving them or exercise them more. i have fed sarah reduced fat and calorie foods and well i ended up feeding her more of it as she was really starving but thats just my experience with it. nvi is great food so id say dont feed them as much and if still hungry try to feed some veggies to fill them up. just my 2 cents.
    I feed Lily a cup in the am & a cup in the pm.
    Should I cut back from a cup or maybe just try the asparagus with the kibble?
    I just stated walking her twice a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily122511 View Post
    I feed Lily a cup in the am & a cup in the pm.
    Should I cut back from a cup or maybe just try the asparagus with the kibble?
    I just stated walking her twice a day.
    i would probably cut back the kibble and add in the asparagus. i do it slow so as to not make them as hungry and to see where they start losing weight. maybe try i cup am and 3/4 cup pm then cut back from there. like then go 3/4 cup am and 3/4 cup pm. add in veggies as you cut back the food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Momma2Bullies View Post
    That is what I feed my guys also! Hmmm... I am also playing with the amounts. My male get a cup twice a day, female gets 3/4 cup twice a day. They seem to get a wicked energy "boost" right after they eat, so I have been wondering if it is too high calorie. The grain-free foods seems to be higher calorie, and of course high protein, so I also wonder if that is where I am having trouble (maybe same for you????)....
    My two are 1 year 3 months now, and I am still figuring out the food thing. I am debating whether to just go back to Wellness "reduced weight"... they did well on it, and it was lower cal and lower protein but it isn't a "grain-free 6-star" food and I felt I should change. I would still like to them each drop a pound a or two, but it just doesn't seem to happen. I am giving NVI LID another month, will let you know how it goes..... (that food here in Canada is very expensive, and special order only. Stores don't even stock it!).
    Yea that's exactly what I am wondering...is the cal count to high?? I was thinking of maybe changing to a low cal food. But she is only going to be 9 months. How many cal do they need a day? I don't know. Maybe I will try the veggies with kibble. She is allergic to green beans which I used to give her. I'm kinda scratching my head at this point right now lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily122511 View Post
    Yea that's exactly what I am wondering...is the cal count to high?? I was thinking of maybe changing to a low cal food. But she is only going to be 9 months. How many cal do they need a day? I don't know. Maybe I will try the veggies with kibble. She is allergic to green beans which I used to give her. I'm kinda scratching my head at this point right now lol
    Dublin came from the breeder eating Royal Canin and i wanted her off it ( not grain free and didn't like the reviews) I felt it hurt her weight loss so I did a lot of research ( like everyone on here) and came up with Orijen ( A canadian company) It is super high in protein which did concern me in the begining but was assured by people on here and through my own contact with the company that it is not a problem. It is Orijen, Original Red and I am using it with TOTW right now. I have found that with the high protein she is no where near as hungry and actually leaves some food. I will probably continue to "cut it" with TOTW but about 2/3 Orijen to 1/3 TOTW. I have gone from a cup two times a day to 3/4 cup two times a day and she usually leaves a little. I do add about a Tablespoon of boiled ground beef to each feeding for taste and she looks at me like I'm crazy if it is not there.. :-) I give here veggies when she will eat them. The one thing I highly recommend is the Stainless Steel slow feeding bowl. It has changed how she eats. Instead of wolfing her food she has to "work" for it and takes her twice as long to eat. No more gagging from eating too fast. She's still a roly poly bully but I try :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbiedog View Post
    Dublin came from the breeder eating Royal Canin and i wanted her off it ( not grain free and didn't like the reviews) I felt it hurt her weight loss so I did a lot of research ( like everyone on here) and came up with Orijen ( A canadian company) It is super high in protein which did concern me in the begining but was assured by people on here and through my own contact with the company that it is not a problem. It is Orijen, Original Red and I am using it with TOTW right now. I have found that with the high protein she is no where near as hungry and actually leaves some food. I will probably continue to "cut it" with TOTW but about 2/3 Orijen to 1/3 TOTW. I have gone from a cup two times a day to 3/4 cup two times a day and she usually leaves a little. I do add about a Tablespoon of boiled ground beef to each feeding for taste and she looks at me like I'm crazy if it is not there.. :-) I give here veggies when she will eat them. The one thing I highly recommend is the Stainless Steel slow feeding bowl. It has changed how she eats. Instead of wolfing her food she has to "work" for it and takes her twice as long to eat. No more gagging from eating too fast. She's still a roly poly bully but I try :-)
    You are an awesome mama! I think your doing a great job with Dublin!
    I use stainless steal bowls as well. I think what worries me th emost is that she is only going to be 9 months and I don't know if cutting her cal intake is the right choice. Of course I do not not her overweight but I don't want her hungry all the time either...although I think she would eat 24-7 if she could lol.
    Btw did you get my rely to the email? I don't know if it went through.

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