Overweight Boston Terrier?

by Cathy
(Henderson KY USA)

We just adopted a 6 yr old female Boston Terrier and she weighs a HEFTY 37 LBS!!
WHAT can I do to help this poor dog lose some weight?
Her previous owners were feeding her table scraps, I got her some Beneful and she wouldnt touch it so I added a little bit of wet food and will wean her from that...She is way too BIG!

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Apr 05, 2012
Over weight or just on the larger side
by: Amanda

My vet said it best when discussing my female 40 lbs 25" long and male 50 lb 26" long AKC &ACA reg BT. If they were the "average size" BT they would look anorexic! They are long, tall and solid! Yes they are on the heavy side now but when they were younger they f 37lbs and m44lbs not an ounce of fat on them. Yes my male is the biggest BT he has ever seen. They're now 7 years old almost 8! They normally put on weight in the winter, but for the past 2.5 years they are not losing during the summer as before! But yes they are larger sized BT. Neither of my dogs have any health problems and can run miles, I love them! Just got myself another female BT and she is 7 lbs and 6 months old! She seems too small to me, she is by far the most hyper obnoxious BT i have ever met! I am still trying to warm up to this tiny terror!

Aug 02, 2011
Big Boston
by: Mary

Make sure the vet says she is overweight.
There are some bigger Bostons.
The difference between Big and Overweight is important. We belong to the Houston Boston Terrier Meetup Group and there are some 35 pound Bostons that belong to the group. They have more of the Bulldog genes!

Aug 01, 2011
Boston weight
by: Linda Galway/TurnerME

We have a BT who, if left to his own devices, would probably eat himself silly. He is constantly begging. We got him to drop some weight by getting him on a high-quality kibble he would enjoy without having anything on it. (That happens to be Iams Pro-Health mini chunks; it might be something else for you.) We feed him and his sister a heaping 1/4 c. in the morning and the same for the evening meal. Then, we portion control his treats; for example, we go to Petco and get the small, gumdrop shaped biscuit you can buy in bulk. (I'm sure other places have a similar product or some sort of mini biscuit; sometimes we use their own kibble as a treat.) 1 after meals, and occasionally when coming inside after exercise. If you don't have access to those, then take a regular small or medium dog biscuit and break it into kibble sized pieces. I can get, from a medium biscuit, usually 6 pieces. Two off each end and the center broken in half. Trust me, they won't know the difference, it's all about getting the treat, not the amount. Scraps are limited to meat only or a little meat juice on the kibble as a special treat (no sauces). The biggest part of all this is exercise. We walk the dogs every day, get them swimming when we can, take them to an enclosed area and throw the ball, etc. That makes a huge difference when done in conjunction with the limiting of food and treats. You should be able to shave off 7-14 lbs to get her back to a normal weight, unless she is physically large, then maybe just 7-10 lbs. Good luck. Remember, she can't eat anything you don't give her... you're on the right track.

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