ToTW = fat dog?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by pbjmaker, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    So I switched to ToTW food for my dogs. The "old dog" gets fed by herself (she has some food issues with other dogs). Then I have three seperate dishes for the other 4 dogs. (Two 4 month old puppies and 2 adult dogs).

    Anywho I measure out the food and have even reduced the amount my big dog gets. The 4 younger dogs seem to be doing well on it and "old dog" who has horrible skin and allergies seems to look and act better - but she is getting really fat. Has anyone else had their dog get really fat on ToTW? I tried weighing her and she wouldn't get on the scale - I think she knows... I am guessing she is up near 100 lbs whereas she should weigh around 80-85.

    I guess I will reduce her food more. I like what it is doing for her fur and skin though...

    (She is a newfie mix - we think springer spaniel)
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I just started feeding my 2 saint bernards this too..
    I'm using the high prairie and the salmon one mixed together..
    I HOPE it puts some weight on my male.... he looks a little thin to me...so i hope this better food helps out with that.
    My female is just right weight wise right now... so..i'll have to watch her and see how it goes....
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I had to switch mine from the high prairie to the salmon one because she was putting on too much weight on the high prairie.
     
  4. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    I think they are eating the salmon one. I threw out the bag [​IMG]

    I had been using diamond naturals before that (but only for two bags worth)
     
  5. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you reduce the amount of the TOTW from what you were feeding of Diamond? Shouldn't need to feed as much TOTW as the Diamond.
    How much are you feeding vs how much it says to feed for her weight (or desired weight)?
     
  6. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Yep reduced the amount from diamond. I need to get a new bag of food but it is a 1/2 hour drive to the only store that carries it. She is getting about 2 1/2 - 3 cups per day.

    They get a couple of treats per day and occasionally a meat scrap. The cat food is locked in the basement away from them. The last time she gained a lot of weight it was because she was getting into the cat food. She is very possessive of her food bowl (only with other dogs and she never bites - just growls ) and I can't leave food down or she will eat ALL of it. Once I left a bag of unopened dog food out and she ate probably 10 lbs of it while I was at work.

    I will double check the amount I need to feed her unless someone has a bag and can tell me how much for an 80-85 lb dog [​IMG]
     
  7. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she's doing well with it otherwise, reduce the amount and see if that helps drop some weight. If she's still hungry - green beans or carrots or some other low cal veggie to fill up her bowl.
     
  8. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently started alternating between Taste of the Wild and 4-health. They only got a little bit of TOTW, so I don't know if it really effected mine. I have decided that TOTW looks like a better food, so I am going to try to switch them 100% to TOTW. I am really not sure what variety to get though. I don't want the fish variety because of the ethoxyquin, but my dogs aren't very active, so I am wondering if they could get too much protein. Also, my dogs have always been grazers, and they never got fat, but now I probably going to have to start measuring their food now. Ugh, well anyways, is their a variety you would recomend for a low-moderately active 9 year old lab mix and a 4 year old chi mix. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  9. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3 3/4 - 4 1/2 for 80-100 pound adult dog.


    3 1/4 - 3 3/4 for a 60-80 pound dog.
    2 1/3 - 3 1/4 for a 40-60 pound dog.

    I fed my 70 pound greyhound about 2-2.5 cups a day of that.
    My 47 pound greyhound got the same amount.

    So I guess in my experience, mine needed less than suggested to maintain.
     
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:Thats what my femals weighs too...
    The bag says 3 3/4 to 4 1/2 cups a day for 80-100lbs..
     

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