Diet for 78 lb Australian mix

Our Baxter needs to lose 10 lbs per the Vet. My husband and I disagree strongly on how much to feed him. Can you advise us, please. He is currently getting 3/4 cup of diet food with green beans and 1/4 cup pumpkin at each meal but is obviously hungry. I want to give more dry food. Am I wrong? He is a 7 year old Aussie rescue who has just started a 30 minute walk per day.


Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
If you were just feeding diet dog food, depending on the brand, you would be able to feed more. How much green beans are you feeding? Taking into account the pumpkin and the green beans you are probably about right on the calorie consumption. Weight loss without some feelings of hunger is almost impossible. OM by Purina calls for 2 5/8 to 3 cups per day for a dog your size to loss weight, but that is without green beans and pumpkin.


Re-Tweet This Information Twitter users, others need this information as well, so please CLICK HERE to retweet this. All the animals at D.E.L.T.A. Rescue appreciate you caring enough to share this.


D.E.L.T.A. Rescue receives no help from the government and relies solely on donor contributions. Supporters may tour the Sanctuary at our scheduled members only tours.

Please Make A Donation
We are a certified 501c3 organization – Tax ID #: 95-3759277

To donate via credit card or Paypal click the heart link.

Don’t like to donate online? Call us at (661) 269-4010
To donate by mail, send check to:
D.E.L.T.A. Rescue – P.O. Box 9 – Glendale, CA 91209

Learn how you can help. We need your support!


Posted in Ask The Vet, Diet and Nutrition