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My dog, Minnie, is a 3 year old Chihuahua Terrier mix. She…

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My dog, Minnie, is a 3 year old Chihuahua Terrier mix. She was determined overweight by the vet at 11.60 pounds. I have reduced her daily calorie intake, based on the article I read saying I should divide her weight by 2.2, multiply that by 30, and add 70. Is this correct? And do you have any suggestions on fast weight loss?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know what to do. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Minnie?

She had red mange when she was first adopted, but I do not think that affects her weight.

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Hello,

I am Dr. Snow, and I can try and help you. Taking her weight in pounds and dividing by 2.2 will get you to kilograms, and then yes you times that by 30 and add 70 to get their daily caloric need.

Just like in people, though, we actually don't want them to lose weight too fast! Did your vet tell you how much Minnie needs to lose?

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Dog Veterinarian: Sarah Snow,
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Based on her current weight her daily calorie need is 228 calories. Since we want her to lose weight, I would shoot for around 200 calories to start with.

You can also supplement with fruits and veggies (no grapes or raisins) as treats!

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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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