Sam is a 16 month old english lab. Sam is officially fat.
He doesn't look fat:
Ok, maybe he's a little round. Maybe.
He's struggled with his weight since he was about 6 months old. He looks at food and gains. In December he was at the vet, weighed in at 75 pounds and the vet said probably needed to get about 5 pounds off of him. Ok. Cut back his food, cut back treats, made sure he gets a daily walk. I thought he was looking better.
We go back today and he's gained 17 pounds...he's up to 92 pounds! He was supposed to lose 5!
I'm at a loss. The vet said to switch him to diet doggy food. Great. Picked that up on the way home. I figue I can get an evening walk in while DH puts DS to sleep (DH is home to do this most nights). Obviously all treats have to go, though he doesn't get many. Vet wants him in once a month to weigh him and see what happens before we start looking for thyroid issues or other medical causes. He thinks he's probably too young for any of that to be an issue and really wants to try diet/exercise. He asked about his genetics and when he was at the breeder last month she wasn't surprised to see him a bit round. She thought he only needed to take off a few pounds. So I'm wondering if his family tree runs towards the rounder physique.
I've never had a fat dog before. I had a rescue dog who was starved come to me, balloon up but then settle off at a normal weight. I just don't know what to do.
Right now he gets a 2 mile walk a day. Obviously this is not enough. The vet said it is hard to say an exact distance - just to weigh him and see if it works and if not to adjust the next month.