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    Default Cousin Overfed Dog. . Now What?

    I rescued a springer spaniel mix (I actually think he might be a brittany mix) a few months ago, and my cousin mentioned he would look after the dog when I'm out of town. He has a boxer, and we've discussed things like dog training and feeding before.

    I went on a 10 day trip a couple weeks ago, and when I dropped off my dog I gave my cousin a 15 lb bag of Wellness (way more than what he needed). When I got back, my dog had visibly gained a lot of weight (maybe 5 lbs - when he was weighed last he was 37 lbs. He might have been a little on the skinny side before but now you have to really try to feel his ribs) and my cousin said, "Oh I don't know how long that food was supposed to last but it's all gone. The dogs ate it all. I think he looks better!"

    I was livid.

    My dog was pretty lethargic and gassy yesterday and pooped a lot (gee I wonder why). I've decided to cut back on what I was feeding him but anyone know how long it might take for him to get back to a normal weight?

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    Did you outline specifically how often and how your dog should be fed?

    If not, this is your fault.

    Regardless, a couple of extra walks, and returning to a normal diet should have your dog back to its svelte self in no time.



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    Just go back to feeding him the normal amount. He should drop the extra weight naturally if you give him enough exercise. And yes, next time leave specific instructions.
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    I told him how much I fed the dog and how often. When I picked up the dog he said, "I haven't been feeding him the way you have; I just dump the food in the bowl and they kept eating it."

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    Okay then it's his fault and your cousin is an idiot.



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    I don't think there's going to be a next time; I found a colleague who lives closer to me who doesn't free-feed his dogs and is willing to pet sit for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExAstrisSpes View Post
    I told him how much I fed the dog and how often. When I picked up the dog he said, "I haven't been feeding him the way you have; I just dump the food in the bowl and they kept eating it."
    That is not cool. Then I say next time do not leave him with your cousin!!
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    Eat your cousin

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