Spayed Puppy gets FAT.

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Spayed Puppy gets FAT.

Post by George T » Thu, 17 Apr 1997 04:00:00



Hi,

I have a 6 months old Minature Schanuzer whom I had spayed at 5.5
months.

Before I had her spayed, I asked a lot of advise and generally people
here on the net says that it will not cause the dog to get fat.
However this is not the case with dog owners that I meet. Anyway I
decided to go with the netters and have the puppy spayed because I
believe in the benefits of spaying.

Now at 6 months, my dog is FAT. Maybe not FAT but definately FATTER. I
must add that I've reduced her food intake from 1.25 cups to 1 cup and
still she's put on weight. I've also started obedience class and that
gives her lots of exercise and should be able to help burn of more
weight.

I'm going to continue to drop her feeding and see if it helps. Anyway
I just though I'll share my experience and see if anyone else has any
comments.

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Spayed Puppy gets FAT.

Post by Lisa Ocho » Thu, 17 Apr 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>Hi,

>I have a 6 months old Minature Schanuzer whom I had spayed at 5.5
>months.

>Before I had her spayed, I asked a lot of advise and generally people
>here on the net says that it will not cause the dog to get fat.
>However this is not the case with dog owners that I meet. Anyway I
>decided to go with the netters and have the puppy spayed because I
>believe in the benefits of spaying.

>Now at 6 months, my dog is FAT. Maybe not FAT but definately FATTER. I
>must add that I've reduced her food intake from 1.25 cups to 1 cup and
>still she's put on weight. I've also started obedience class and that
>gives her lots of exercise and should be able to help burn of more
>weight.

I have three spayed ***es.  None of them are fat (neither are my two
neutered males, come to think of it).  Of course, they aren't overfed and
they get plenty of exercise.  I've had two of them spayed since they came
to live with me.  They eat relatively the same amount as they did when
they were intact.

As to your schnauzer, she may be reaching an age where her growth has
peaked, and so the food which formerly went toward growing is now going
toward fattening.  You don't say how much she weighs, but my 30-lb Border
Collie gets about 1 1/4 cups of premium food each day and stays in great
shape on it, so a cup of food may be too much for your schnauzer.

So, I'll make the following suggestions and comments:

1.  Cut her back to 1/2-3/4 cup per day, or switch her to a "lite" dog food.

2.  Make sure she gets lots of exercise.  My crew plays ball for an average
    20-40 minutes twice a day.  They also get to the park or to flyball
    practice on a regular basis for more exercise.

3.  Class is a great idea, but unless you're combining her training lessons
    with extra walking or ball-fetching or some other exercise, it probably
    won't do much to reduce your dog's weight.

4.  TRUST ME: Overweight dogs are created by overfeeding and/or lack of
    exercise.  Spaying alone just won't do it.

Hope this helps!

--
     Lisa Ochoa, Proprietor, Ochoa Petting Zoo- Home of
     Archie, CGC (6yo Doberman/Torpedo); Nell, CGC (Gorgeous 5yo
     Lady Whippet); Oliver, CGC, FDCH (TMWDITW -- 5yo Border
     Collie); Ripley, CGC (BC Wonder Pup); and Haley Bell the

                 "Do not disturb. Already disturbed."

 
 
 

Spayed Puppy gets FAT.

Post by Jaso » Fri, 18 Apr 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>Hi,

>I have a 6 months old Minature Schanuzer whom I had spayed at 5.5
>months.
<snip>

>Now at 6 months, my dog is FAT. Maybe not FAT but definately FATTER. I
>must add that I've reduced her food intake from 1.25 cups to 1 cup and
>still she's put on weight. I've also started obedience class and that
>gives her lots of exercise and should be able to help burn of more
>weight.

Spaying is not what made your dog fat.  As dogs mature ..
their metabolism and activity levels naturally become lower.
This happens with or without ovaries and a uterus.

If your dog is getting overweight, there are 2 common
remedies (useful for people as well as their pets):
1.) consume (or feed) fewer calories
2.) increase exercise

Simple huh?

Jason

 
 
 

Spayed Puppy gets FAT.

Post by sjohns.. » Sat, 19 Apr 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>I have a 6 months old Minature Schanuzer whom I had spayed at 5.5
>months.
>Before I had her spayed, I asked a lot of advise and generally people
>here on the net says that it will not cause the dog to get fat.
>However this is not the case with dog owners that I meet. Anyway I
>decided to go with the netters and have the puppy spayed because I
>believe in the benefits of spaying.
>Now at 6 months, my dog is FAT. Maybe not FAT but definately FATTER. I
>must add that I've reduced her food intake from 1.25 cups to 1 cup and
>still she's put on weight. I've also started obedience class and that
>gives her lots of exercise and should be able to help burn of more
>weight.
>I'm going to continue to drop her feeding and see if it helps. Anyway
>I just though I'll share my experience and see if anyone else has any
>comments.

15 days is not long enough for her weight gain to be attributed to the spay
surgery.  You say she "looks fatter"? Have you weighed her? If she
really is gaining weight, chances are she was destined to be an "easy keeper"
regardless and had started her weight increase before the surgery. You might
want to look into putting her on a low cal diet instead of drastically
decreasing her intake. If she is getting fat, she's done most of her growing
and reducing her calorie intake won't hurt her a bit. Rather than starve the
little thing you could go to a light diet and feed her the same amount. Keep
careful track of her weight. Remember, one pound to a min. Schnauzer is almost
10% of her body weight. Ideally you should be able to feel her ribs easily but
not see them clearly, when she's standing normally.

Good luck,

Stephanie

 
 
 

Spayed Puppy gets FAT.

Post by Kieron Dodd » Sun, 20 Apr 1997 04:00:00


Exactly.  And, dogs DO NOT get fat as a direct result of spaying or
neutering, and chances are the spayed/neutered dogs that *do* would have
gotten fat regardless.  Dogs get fat because their owners do not *actively*
insure that their dogs are getting enough exercise.  *If* the dog had to
catch its own meals, enough energy would be expended in that activity to
justify anything eaten.  Most dogs don't get this amount of exercise.  

I owned a neutered Rott, 29" 118lbs. and currently two AmBulls, a 23",
92lbs. spayed female and a 24", 82lbs. (10 months) intact male.  All of
them are rock solid and Rip, the pup, has more trouble (as Blitz, the Rott,
did) keeping weight on then off.
--
Kieron Dodds


Quote:

(George Toh) writes:

>>I have a 6 months old Minature Schanuzer whom I had spayed at 5.5
>>months.

>>Before I had her spayed, I asked a lot of advise and generally people
>>here on the net says that it will not cause the dog to get fat.
>>However this is not the case with dog owners that I meet. Anyway I
>>decided to go with the netters and have the puppy spayed because I
>>believe in the benefits of spaying.

>>Now at 6 months, my dog is FAT. Maybe not FAT but definately FATTER. I
>>must add that I've reduced her food intake from 1.25 cups to 1 cup and
>>still she's put on weight. I've also started obedience class and that
>>gives her lots of exercise and should be able to help burn of more
>>weight.

>>I'm going to continue to drop her feeding and see if it helps. Anyway
>>I just though I'll share my experience and see if anyone else has any
>>comments.

>15 days is not long enough for her weight gain to be attributed to the
spay
>surgery.  You say she "looks fatter"? Have you weighed her? If she
>really is gaining weight, chances are she was destined to be an "easy
keeper"
>regardless and had started her weight increase before the surgery. You
might
>want to look into putting her on a low cal diet instead of drastically
>decreasing her intake. If she is getting fat, she's done most of her
growing
>and reducing her calorie intake won't hurt her a bit. Rather than starve
the
>little thing you could go to a light diet and feed her the same amount.
Keep
>careful track of her weight. Remember, one pound to a min. Schnauzer is
almost
>10% of her body weight. Ideally you should be able to feel her ribs easily
but
>not see them clearly, when she's standing normally.

>Good luck,

>Stephanie