Over weight 8 year old Springer Spaniel

by Richard
(Olympia, WA)

I have just recently adopted two 8 year old sisters. One is about 10 pounds over weight. What recommendations can you provide as to how to help her shed the extra pounds??

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi Richard
Congratulations on your two new additions to your family.

Springers can be known to put on weight in their autumnal years. We have a full guide on the site.

Managing the weight of an overweight Springer Spaniel

However here are some top tips.

Choose a hypoallergenic food that is specific for an older or tubbier dog. Listed in our dog food guide are some brands we recommend.

Make sure they are getting plenty, break it up if you are short of time and walk them morning and evening.

If there are joint problems, take them to the beach of a lake and get them swimming by throwing the ball and getting them to retrieve them.

Treats and Tit bits
Cut back on these as they all add to the calorific intake. Use treats such as pop corn (without salt or sugar) as these are low calories but Springer Spaniels love it.

Good luck and let us know how you get on

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Jun 10, 2010
Try green beans
by: Patti

You can also add canned green beans to their food.
Cut down on the dog food and mix with green beans. They feel like they are getting a treat and it helps fill them up with out the calories. They can also be frozen and used as treats instead of higher calorie treats. The carrots Michele mentioned are also a favorite treat of my springer.

Mar 09, 2010
Overweight Springer
by: Michele

I'll add my two cents! I don't know that a hypoallergenic food is necessary, but I am by no means putting down that particular food. Certainly, I would opt for a good brand of dog food, which can be found at most local pet stores and not at grocery stores. If you decide to change to a new feed do so gradually and not all at one time as this can cause upset tummies and diarrhea.

As previously posted, keep the snacks to a minimum. Apples, carrots and bananas are also good snacks for dogs. Both of my Springers prefer those to dog cookies! Grapes and raisins should be avoided.

And just like us they need exercise. Walking is great, but if they aren't use to walking start that slowly. You can use a treadmill too!

Good luck. How sweet that you chose rescue. :)

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