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have a 12 year old beagle that had knee surgery and doesn't want to go for walk's anymore and is way overweight. What kind of diet can I try to loose that extra weight so maybe he will want to go for walk's again. I give him rimadyl for his pain and a joint supplement can you please help?

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Hi there, yes it sounds like you really need to help ease his knee strain by getting some of the weight off him. I would put him on a high quality food especially for dogs that need to lose weight. Look at the Natural Balance foods by Dick Van Patten. They areexcellent foods all the way around and their weight product is exceptional and high in protein which is really good. Here is a link to the food that would be good for him.  
http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/product.aspx?ProductId=143&product=Fat+Dogs+Low

Make sure to slowly introduce the new formula by adding small amounts every day to his regular food and every day slowly putting in less of the regular one and more of the new one. You need to stretch this out over at least a week to avoid an upset stomach and diarrhea. Also if you are not feeding him twice a day you should be so that he always has something in his stomach.

Good luck on your mission, it will certainly extend his life!

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I am happy to answer BEAGLE BREED SPECIFIC behavioral questions. Please DO NOT ask MEDICAL questions! I am not a vet .

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I currently have one adorable beagle, a male age 6.5, a sweet and loving 3 year old female Pit Bull, a cute fluff ball 10 year old male min. poodle and my newest addition a 6 month old male pit who already 50# and is going to probably be twice that when done growing. I have unfortunately lost in the last years 2 beagles and 1 whippet/rat terrier mix. The two beagles lived to 15 and the whippet mix to 13.5, it was so hard to say goodbye to them. I have done rescue work on and off for many, many years as well as fund-raising for the local animal shelter. I worked for a dog magazine in the past (Southern California Dog Magazine). Being a psychotherapist has encouraged me to do in depth studying of animal behavior as well. I have worked with many people to help curb undesirable behaviors in their dogs (or them!) or to form good behaviors. My life is devoted to and surrounded by my dogs........The picture you see here is Zeppelin but we also call him the "miracle dog". He was hit by a car April 2010 while out with the dog walker and had very serious injuries... 4 surgeries and $17,000 later my boy is whole again and back to loving life. He is so special to me and he weathered a lot of pain and trauma yet is still the sweet boy he always was! I also work to stop Breed Specific Legislation and help to get pit bulls adopted.

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HSUS, PETA, SPCA DONT SHOP...ADOPT!! Ban the deed, not the Breed!!

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Dog Fancy

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I am a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in the state of CA and am also credentialed as a Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist

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Honored by the Agoura Animal Shelter for my volunteer work.

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