Light dry dog food help please


We have a 4 year old pug who since being neutered has put on some weight.
He was on Simpson Premium Grain Free food which suited him but despite reducing quantity, he struggled to lose weight.
I have tried a number of dry dog foods aimed to help weight loss recently (always introducing slowly) but they either give him loose stools and lots of wind or he is licking and nibbling his paws and now trying to eat cat dog poop which our vet said is probably due to the food type.
Could this be chicken, pea or a grain intolerance or allergy? I do not want to keep changing his food but have him settled on to a suitable good food.

Any recommendations please?

Hello and welcome to the forum, The issue of weight control can be tricky. You can find some information here As you can see from that discussion it can take a lot of playing around with portion size to get the correct amounts. As he seems to do well on the Simpsons, it may be worth keeping him on it and reducing the portions even more. No one can really tell you if he has an allergy or what might be causing a reaction but as the problems started when you changed the food, it is likely that something in the new foods doesn’t agree with him. If you enter ‘allergies’ in the search box, you should find lots of threads with some good advice about how to go about starting an elimination diet to help you identify the allergen. Alternatively you could have him tested.

What is the situation with extras? If you were looking at an elimination diet, you would need to ensure that at least at first, your dog only has your chosen food. No treats would help with the weight as well.

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Hello and welcome to the forum. As Tinyplanets has said, we have a few threads on weight control so you could use the search box to locate them.

Regarding light/diet dog foods they tend to be dry and have low fat (10% and lower) and low(ish) protein. To achieve this, they often contain high levels of carbohydrate in the form of various types of grain. If these are the types you have used it could account for the problems your dog is having. Much depends on the grain used and the percentage of the whole recipe.

There are fewer low fat grain free dog foods but not so many as the grain containing ones. Many of them contain potato as the carb source.

My experience is that weight loss is more easily achieved with low fat (circa 10%) and higher protein (above 26%). Also, it is very much about portion size so you must weigh the food accurately. It can then be gradually reduced in stages of 10% until the dog begins to lose weight.

One new product that springs to mind and might be useful is Cobbydog cold pressed because it is grain free, has low fat (9%) and higher protein (33%). Cold pressed food needs to be weighed accurately because it is heavy. I haven’t checked their recommended daily amount but with other types of cold pressed foods it is usually 1% to 1.2% of the dog’s desired body weight.With a dog that needs to lose weight, start at 1%, divided into three meals. If interested you could contact the company for advice. Goes without saying, no extras and try to up the exercise a little.

It is possible for your dog to lose weight but it could take a while - gradual weight loss is the goal. We can help you to search for something if you return to your thread and tell us what you are looking for.