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after neutering/spaying

Discussion in 'Feeding' started by Keeroff, Nov 8, 2005.

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  1. Keeroff

    Keeroff Completely Boxer Crazy

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    what did you change at your baby's diet after having him/her neutered/spayed?

    for how long did you change it?
    what were you feeding him/her before?

    did anything change at his/her weight?

    did he/she need more exercise?
     
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    gmacleod Elusive Moderator Staff Member

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    I have never changed an animal's diet after spaying/neutering. There has never been a need to. Not quite sure why you'd think there was?

    Dogs metabolisms do slow down a little post-neutering... if they're adults when it is done. I seriously doubt you'd notice any difference at all with a puppy though. Until they hit adulthood, of course, which is at around 3 years. At that time, all dogs tend to require a little less food - whether neutered or not (just like people ;)).
     
  3. Keeroff

    Keeroff Completely Boxer Crazy

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    :eek:
    that is what 3 vets have told me
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    actually the words of one of them were "he will definately put on weight after neutering.especially since he will be young.he will need a special diet. actually royal canin has a special food about neutered cats but hasnt one for neutered dogs"

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    gmacleod Elusive Moderator Staff Member

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    LOL - well, I think there is a small amount of truth in it. But not when the dog in question is a puppy. He's still growing and his metabolism will remain high. Once he's mature though, then it is likely that he'll need less food.

    But it's really not a big issue. The only reason dogs (neutered or not) get fat is because they get fed too much for their exercise levels. So you just feed as you normally would/should - by keeping an eye on how the dog looks and cutting his food back a bit if he looks like putting on too much weight. And ensure the dog gets a proper amount of exercise. There's no need to go to reduced-nutrition foods ;) And certainly not while he's still a pup.
     
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