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