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The vet has told me that my male shepherd mix dog is a

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little overweight at 63 pounds...
The vet has told me that my male shepherd mix dog is a little overweight at 63 pounds. I have a female terrier mix as well who is at an ideal weight of 30lbs. Should I put my shepherd mix on a weight management food. If so is there one that I can use for both? They are eating hills science sensitive stomach and I’ve cut back on his serving and that doesn’t seem to help.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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I would consider putting them both on a weight management food, perhaps your smaller dog will maintain on this diet or may require a slight increase in quantity as a result but I do understand how difficult it is to feed different diets so it will make things easier to feed both the same light formula and will not harm your smaller dog at all

Research different foods online before purchasing, ensuring the calories are ~300-350 kcal/cup, lower in fat (<12%) and higher in fiber (>5%). We also don't want a very high protein diet either (<28%) and organic human grade ingredients without by products is ideal

Please also be very aware of treats you are giving as a lot are quite high in calories as well as ensuring you are doing regular leash walks 30+ minutes daily to encourage increased metabolism through anaerobic exercise (not just running around the yard or leisurely walks but fast paced leashed walks)

I hope this helps but please let me know if you have any additional questions

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