08-18-2018, 07:40 PM
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I think 1 cup of food is likely too much for the weight she should be, and her current activity level, remember the bag nearly always says to feed a dog more then it actually needs. I'd cut it back to 3/4 cup, and scale back the cottage cheese to 1 level teaspoon. Look for 1 to 3 calorie treats and do not give her more then 20 cal of treats per day. In the morning measure out her daily kibble and divide it up into 2 or 3 portions.
Those are the things I did back when my dog was fat, his ideal weight it around 8 lbs and he was nearly 12 lbs when I started. I cut back on his food, accounted for everything I was feeding him, cut out high calorie chews like bully sticks, and carefully watched the calories on his treats feeding him no more then 16 calories a day. When I started he rarely wanted to play, when out on walks he'd slowly walk and hardly ever trotted, he was beginning to have bad back problems. As the weight came off his energy level increased, he started to want to play, he now trots on walks.
I never bothered with the weight loss food, I kept him on his regular food and just cut back slightly on the portion, I used to feed him 1 slightly rounded 1/2 cup of food and a heaping teaspoon of wet food. I now feed him a little less then 1/2 cut of food, and a level teaspoon of wet food. To keep him from feeling hungry I feed him a little of the food 3 to 4 times a day (depends on if I'm home to feed him lunch).
Good luck to you and your girl! If my boy can lose the weight, your girl can.