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Hi, I bet you're all thinking 'well stop feeding it'. It's not that easy. Sacha was thrown out of a car in the Spanish countryside several years ago and we took her in. She's a German Shepherd and we loved her from day 1. We realized after a while that she was probably the runt of the litter as she hasn't grown to anything like full German Shepherd size.
She's now about 4 1/2 years and she is obese. She is in the house at night without food and we try and watch her through the day.
The problem is we have 25 other dogs, all rescues, and we put food out in several places to reduce friction and it is there 24/7.
To take the food away would cause major inconvenience to us and all the other dogs.
We have thought about a muzzle but are worried about the heat as it gets up to 40C/104F in the summer here.
We are taking her to the vet soon but I wondered if anyone else had similar issues.
Exercise is not an issue, she still plays with her pals and we have 34000 sq. metres which is about 8 1/2 acres.
We were thinking maybe an appetite suppressant?
I'd be grateful for any ideas, thanks:(
 

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Well that's a hard one if you can't take away the food then you got no control over how much she eats.

Isn't it possible to feed all the dogs 2-3 times per day? Then you can control how much she eats every time. That's the only solution I can think of.
Thanks for that but it's a lot of work, we will consider it though:thumbsup:
 

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25 dogs! that's a lot lol. I think it might be worth it give each dog their own food instead of free feeding. That way you know how much food their eating and in your gsd's case you can control how much she is eating. You want to decrease the amount she's eating (also meaning cutting back on treats and no table scraps if you give her any) and upping her exercise. If possible I would maybe see if you can look into a lower calorie food to which might help.
 

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You say she is the only one with a weight problem? Then a trip to the Vet and a thyroid panel should be done. Ask for a T3 and a T4.. Hypothyroidism can cause obesity.
 

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If she clears medically then the only thing that is going to help is more exercise and maybe less food.

My own dog gains weight very easily and was starting to get obese, by cutting back on his food I managed to get him to stop gaining weight, but he'd go back and forth with losing a bit then gaining it back. I finally had to cut back further on his food, and start doing strict portion control. To give you an idea of how little my dog eats, the bag says that dogs 5-20lbs should be feed 1/2cup to 1 1/2 cup. Zody weighs 10.8 lbs and I feed him a little less then 1/2 cup of the food, he also gets 1 teaspoon of his wet food, and no more then 16 calories worth of treats. He's lost a pound on that amount (started out at 11.8 lbs) and he needs to lose around 1/2 lb more, but so far he's not lost any weight in around a month. If I let him self regulate like you do your dogs, and have free access to as much food as he wanted, I think he'd easily weight over 20lbs.
 
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