Our expert says:
Before we start it is important that your JRT/FT does not have any medical conditions that could predispose to obesity - Hyperthyroidism, Cushings disease(hyperadrenocorticism), Insulinoma, Adult onset diabetes, Pituitary gland and brain disease. In addition you must also realise that one of the unfortunate results of spaying maybe weight gain as this lowers metabolic activity - it is known that oestrogen has the effect of reducing appetite
As you know food intake and exercise are the key parts to weight loss.
Begin by reducing the vol of food by 15-30%. Feed regular small meals of your regular food 2-4 x daily. If the vet advises a diet change then put onto a low calorie diet such as Hill's, Eukanuba -these are low fat, low calorie, high fibre diet with a high ratio of protein to calories and we find them very effective. It is important that you slowly change the diet over to the low calorie diet otherwise the dog with refuse to eat the food.
Exercise - if you have time put the dog in the car and take her to the park where she has a new interesting environment. Walk for about 20-40mins daily x 5 days a week
I hope the above is of help
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