Honestly, people keep saying that, but with five (our four and my sister's boxer) spayed/neutered dogs here, NONE of them have any different metabolisms than before the surgery. It's easy to keep them lean and healthy, and they all eat high protein & high fat food for adults without a problem. Three are turning 11 and two are turning 8 this year, none of them are high energy dogs. On one of my mom's dogs it's actually hard to keep the weight on, this was one of the reasons we switched them on a higher calorie food, because he was getting too skinny. He gained 2lbs over the last couple of months on a new food and is looking and feeling great.Misskiwi67 wrote:Spay/neuter does change metabolism, so they do need fewer calories than the majority of their intact counterparts.
Curly_07 wrote:Yeah, I too don't think there is much difference in altered dogs to intact dogs as far as metabolisms. I do believe that each dog metabolises foods differently though, and this is why 2 dogs that weigh the same can need 2 very different amounts of food daily to be at a healthy weight.
My advice is to find a good food that works for your dogs and go with that. Don't get hung up on how much one eats verses what the other eats. Heck, they may even need different foods. Like mine for example, one is allergic to certain foods and the other is a senior with health issues...so luckily they both eat the same thing. before Nela passed away, I used to buy 2 different brands with different ingredients because that's what worked for them. Just my .02
Your dogs may do great on one of the Petsmart foods, they may do great on Acana or Taste of the Wild. You won't know until you test them out It took me over 2 yrs of trying different foods to find what worked for mine. Trial and error
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