Overweight Dog, Any Food Recommedations?

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Had my dog at the vet for a second time. She's a medium-sized dog that has put on weight, despite me measuring her food and giving her the reduced amount of 175g.

Any suggestions of a good quality reasonably priced dried food that would help? The vet wants me to try their metabolic range but said it’s pricey. Said I’d give it another month before deciding. Thanks
 
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Had my dog at the vet for a second time. She's a medium-sized dog that has put on weight, despite me measuring her food and giving her the reduced amount of 175g.
From my experience 175g would be way over how much a dog who should be between 10kg and 12kg should get. I've seen plenty of larger dogs which are ghetting that amount - labradors, rottweilers etc.

My two boxers weigh around 9.5kg-10kg and they eat 120g (Acana) dry food twice daily, and they lean towards the perfect-to-a-tiny-bit-chubby side of things.
Thanks for all the replies, the vet is basing it on her weight and the fact that her ribs are not easily felt by her.
In order to assess a dog's weight, you should be able to feel your dog's ribs without having to dig in. If you can't feel your dog's ribs, they need to lose some weight.
 
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What breed and what weight is she currently? Also what brand is she currently eating?

Food most likely needs to be reduced further. Vets often will push people to buy what's on their shelves. Assuming as it's only a weight issue and not health issue related, I wouldn't think food needs to be changed altogether, just the amount given.
 
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It’s not really about the food more portion sizes, treats and exercise levels...what is your dog currently fed?

What breed and age?
 
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what is your dog currently fed?

What breed and age?
What breed and what weight is she currently? Also what brand is she currently eating?
Apologies, I should have given more information, she’s a 4-year-old Staffy / Shih Tzu Cross, she currently weighs 13kg and vet said she should be 10kg, but when I questioned that she was never that weight when fully grown, she looked back at her records and said she should be 12kg.

She’s walked every day and goes running at least once a week with my other half for about 5k so she gets plenty of exercises.

I’m feeding her Burgess Sensitive Complete Dog Food and she gets no treats now.
 
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I had a weight problem with my Jack Russell. He was 10kg. He was put on the Royal Canin low-fat food but wouldn't eat it. So tried their weight control dry food instead and loves that. So now it's a smaller portion of wet food with the weight control dry food, he's under 8kg now. Always had the same amount of exercise. I went with what the vet advised.
 
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So is your vet basing their concerns on the dog's weight, rather than feel?

If you lay your hand flat, palm down, run your fingers of your other hand over the knuckles. That's how your dog's ribs should feel, with a slight covering of fat. Now clench your fist, and run your fingers over your knuckles again, that's an underweight dog. Turn your hand over and run your fingers over the underneath of your knuckles, that's an overweight dog's ribs. A lot of people get fixated on weight rather than feel, but, especially with a crossbreed, who knows what the correct weight is?

What do the feeding guidelines on the food say a 12kg dog should be on?
 
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Thanks for all the replies, the vet is basing it on her weight and the fact that her ribs are not easily felt by her.

The guidelines for the food I’m feeding her are 200g to 350g for a medium dog based on weight of 10-15kg so I’m feeding her within those guidelines.

I’ll try changing to one of the other foods mentioned and see how we get on.
 
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Which Acana food do you use @Gemma?
 

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