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I am sorry to hear you are worried about Pepper's weight, but glad you are trying to do something about it. Being overweight can take as much as two years off a dog's life.
There are some good diet foods on the market; I like the "Satiety" diet by Royal Canin. You need a prescription from your veterinarian for it, but if you order it on a site such as Chewy.com, they will contact your vet for you.
Sometimes I just recommend cutting out treats, and cutting her regular food by 1/3 to 1/2. Use carrot sticks as treats.
If you want a home cooked reducing diet, check out the website BalanceIT.com. They will help you create a diet just for her, with the proper vitamins and minerals. Let me know what other questions you have.
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