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Old 06-03-2007, 09:49 PM
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Ever since Sal was Neutered in December his appetite has be out of this world. He seems to always be hungry and check his food dish much more often than he used to.

He is currently 5lbs overweight. He is 69lbs and I want to return him to 64 which is what he was at for 4years before getting fixed. I exercise him as much as possible (he has developed arthritis in his right wrist). He has slowly but surely been losing his weight back down (he peaked at 75 briefly as I rested him for lameness and I adjusted his food intake)

Anyway....my question and problems is, I feel guilty because I feel like I am starving my poor boy . Someone gave me the idea that feeding green beans with his food would be a great filler (zero calories) to help fill him up.

Would this be ok? Would there be any draw back to adding a cup of green beans to his food (The no salt type of course).

This is new ground for me. I have never owned a bottomless pit (no pun intended) like my brothers former lab who was a serious eater. Sal used to eat what I gave him and never really focused on food much, now it seems second only to play time with the neighbor dog. Sal used to be like Athena, Athena seems to only eat what see needs and simply will not over eat, Sal's off switch no longer can be trusted.
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Old 06-03-2007, 09:56 PM
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I use green beans for Squirt and she does great on them. T hey are good for them too.
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Old 06-03-2007, 10:14 PM
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I know that green beans are a recomended veggie in the cooked diet...........can't see where that would hurt to add it as a low cal snack to fill his tummy. The only potential problem there might be is excess gas from the beans. But you will see that surface soon enough If it does, use spinach or some other dark greens instead of beans.
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Old 06-04-2007, 07:14 AM
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Thanks for the info
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Old 06-04-2007, 08:51 AM
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I have done that a lot for Jose`. He's such a little piglet and I need to really watch his weight. The amount of food it takes to maintain his weight really, really seems to him like he's getting the major rip off. He's done in literally 5 seconds. So, green beans are a great filler....makes him think he's getting a much better deal. I would smoosh them up though because dogs have a hard time with hard, uncooked, unsmooshed veggies.
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:40 AM
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My doggies love green beans, the raw ones you buy in the produce isle, not canned, theres way to much sodium in anything canned.
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:29 PM
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A warning though...I've found that when I feed my lab veggies, she swallows them whole and they come back out the same way.
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:54 PM
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My guys LOVE veggies, green beans, broccoli, cauliflour (sp), carrots, squash etc...I buy the frozen veggies from sam's or costco. During the summer I add frozen veggies to their meals, they love it. You can also buy the canned veggies, just make sure it's the sodium free stuff.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:22 PM
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Just an update....Sal loves them but of course he loves everything. No stool problems.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:29 PM
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Canned is fine as well. Just rinse them. Or frozen. I'm glad he likes them. Maybe you can give him a knuckle bone to chew on after his meals? Sometimes it just takes a bit of time for them to feel 'full' so that might help. There are lots of good veggies to choose from but green beans tend to be recommended the most.
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