Dr. Tim's Weight Management Metabolite Formula Dry Dog Food

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Dr. Tim’s Metabolite Weight Management Formula uses a novel approach to taking weight off your dog by rethinking the process and turning it into a win/win lifestyle for your pet AND you. Formulated through the combined efforts of a Ph.D. canine nutritionist and a veterinarian experienced in competitive dog sports and companion animal medicine, this food has high levels of protein, a complementary fiber structure and moderate fat content that work in tandem with your pet’s natural metabolism to support weight loss. Metabolite acts as a lock and key, opening one metabolic route after another to ensure your dog is optimizing his natural ability to burn calories, and ensure you won’t give up due to excessive begging. It incorporates all angles of the weight loss process, from the molecular structure of the ingredients to the psychology of the pet owner, to build and maintain your dog’s healthy weight while understanding the behavioral difficulties of an overweight dog who’s always hungry.

Key Benefits

  • High protein, moderate fat and a special fiber blend work in conjunction with your dog's natural calorie furnace to help your dog lose weight.
  • Low in calories, yet rich in essential amino acids.
  • Complex fiber blend keeps your dog feeling full between meals.
  • Optimal Vitamin Nutrition helps optimize your dog's skin, coat, paws and overall health.
  • DHA and EPA from ocean fish oil can help with inflammation, immune and brain function, heart health and shedding.

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  • Weight
    24.0 pounds
  • Breed Size
    Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, All Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    Senior, Adult
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Weight Control, No Corn No Wheat No Soy

Nutritional Info


Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Whole Oat Groats, Dried Field Peas, Powdered Cellulose, Dried Plain Beet Pulp (Sugar Removed), Salmon Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Natural Tocopherols, A Source Of Vitamin E), Dried Egg Product, Dried Porcine Plasma, Chicken Liver Meal, Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Carrots, Dried Celery, Dried Beets, Dried Parsley, Dried Lettuce, Dried Watercress, Dried Spinach, Salt, Menhaden Fish Oil (Preserved With Mixed Natural Tocopherols, A Source Of Vitamin E), Lecithin (Sunflower Derived), Dried Chicory Root (Source Of Inulin), DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, L-Lysine, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Psyllium Seed Husk, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source Of Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, L-Carnitine, Folic Acid.

Caloric Content

3027 kcal/kg, 268.6 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 30.0% min
Crude Fat 10.0% max
Crude Fat 8.0% min
Crude Fiber 10.0% min
Moisture 10.0% max
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 1.75% min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.40% min
Docosahexaenoic Acid 0.05% min
Ascorbic Acid 200 mg/kg min

Feeding Instructions

Always feed to maintain ideal body condition. Adjust individual amount as needed considering activity level, environment and age. It's best to feed Metabolite twice daily, so give half the following amounts per feeding. Always have fresh water available.

Weight Amount per Day (Maintenance) Amount per Day (Weight Loss)
Up to 5 lbs 3/4 cup 1/2 cups
5 - 15 lbs 1 1/2 cups 1 cup
15 - 30 lbs 2 3/4 cups 2 cups
30 - 45 lbs 3 1/2 cups 3 cups
45 - 60 lbs 4 1/2 cups 3 3/4 cups
60 - 80 lbs 5 1/2 cups 4 1/2 cups
80 - 100 lbs 6 1/2 cups 5 1/2 cups
Over 100 lbs Add 1/2 cup for every 25 lbs over 100 Add 1/2 cup for every 25 lbs over 100

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Foods Made to Match Your Pet

When shopping for Dr. Tim's pet foods, you'll notice the labeling indicates an activity level. That's because they're made to complement your pet's lifestyle, with ideal ratios of protein, fat, carbohydrates and fibers to help her thrive. You'll find recipes that are specially formulated for active pets, low-key pets, extreme athletes and those in need of weight management.


ACTIVE: This food is designed for the sporting dog that's active more days than not—dogs who hunt or jog every day, herding dogs, police dogs and the like. It's made for maximum digestion, an important consideration for these dogs that's often overlooked. Protein types and levels, fat types and levels, and fiber sources are formulated to maximize performance and recovery.

Casual Lifestyle

CASUAL LIFESTYLE: This is a diet intended for the dog who lives a normal lifestyle—sleeping on the couch, running around the backyard or going on car rides, walks or hikes and basically just living the good life. The only regular exercise she might get is tail wagging when she sees you at the end of the day, or some loving nose nudges.

Extreme Athletes

EXTREME ATHLETES: This food is for dogs who are serious about working nearly every day for long periods of time, such as sled dogs and dogs who hunt most days of the season. It's extremely high in fat, high in protein and low in carbs, with the highest levels of essential omega-3 fatty acids and loads of antioxidants. Performance, endurance and recovery are all enhanced.

Weight Management

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: This diet is intended for the dog who has put on some extra weight. High protein allows your overweight dog to be more active, and moderate fat allows her to feel satiated so she doesn't beg—an essential part of the equation. The omega-3 and antioxidant profiles help reduce the inflammatory stress that's prevalent in an overweight dog, too.

Treats That Deliver

Treats That Deliver

Dr. Tim's freeze-dried treats are formulated for both cats and dogs—perfect for multipet households. They're made from 100% real, USDA-inspected meats from Wisconsin. And since they're freeze-dried, you can give your pet all the nutrition and flavor of raw meat without any of the mess or inconvenience.

Top It Off With Nutrition

Dr. Tim's Flavor Booster is made of 100% real, USDA-inspected beef liver powder from Wisconsin that is freeze-dried to maintain more nutrients. It's perfect for use as a food topper to encourage pets to eat and enjoy their meals, which makes it a great choice for finicky dogs or those who are ill or tired of the same formula.

Top It Off with Nutrition

About Dr. Tim's

As a veterinarian and accomplished musher, Dr. Tim Hunt understood his dogs' need for a food that promotes stamina, endurance and performance through proper digestion. Armed with a cement mixer, a cache of ideas, and an aversion for other diets on the market, Dr. Tim took to his Michigan garage on a mission to formulate a food that replicated a natural, wild diet for his Alaskan Huskies. Today, Dr. Tim's focus has since expanded to bring an honest, nutritionally sound food—sourced only from North America's highest quality ingredients—to every dog.

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  • Helps my beagle lose weight

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    I have a five year old beagle with ongoing weight issues and have tried of multiple weight loss foods with no success. After much research I decided to give Dr. Tim's a chance. I wanted to see the change in weight after finishing one 30lb bag of food so without changing anything else except the food, my beagle actually lost four pounds! I couldn't be happier with these results after just one bag of food. He likes it too so I will definitely continue to feed him with Dr. Tim's weight management formula.

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  • Doesn't work

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    I'm on my second bag of this food and just took my dog to the vet to have him weighed after 6 weeks of eating (if that's what you call it) this food. Not only has he not lost any weight, but he went UP an additional 9lbs. My dog weighed 123lbs prior to starting on Dr Tims, and now he's at 132lbs. Not only that but I've been having trouble getting him to eat 4 cups a day (which is lower than the amount suggested) and he obviously doesn't even like the taste of the food. They should offer a money back guarantee like the prescription diet food I just changed him over to does. Disappointing!!

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  • Why the change in size, what happened to the 15 lb bag?

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    Good dog food when the price is right. Wish Chewy would somehow try to keep things constant with the lineup of dog food that is offered. It causes we the consumer to have to keep switching brands for the best value, which is not always good for the dog or our pocketbook. Looks like I'll be switching brands again.

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  • Dogs love it

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    I have 2 labs with a little extra weight. They love the food, haven’t been on it long enough to see a weight loss. But it is good food with less calories so I will continue.

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  • Does what it says

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    I have tried MANY different weight management formulas from different companies with absolutely NO weight loss for my pup. After doing even more research, I came upon Dr. Tim's. After transitioning my golden retriever to this formula I can finally say he has lost almost 10 lbs. in a little over a month. On the upside, he doesn't act like he's starving and absolutely no digestive issues at all, plus Dr. Tim is an actual vet from Michigan. Only downside is that I can't find the product locally so thank goodness for Chewy and auto delivery.

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  • Underwhelming

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    I have 2 Minpins, one of which is overweight. He usually eats everything and with enthusiasm, but this food, he looks at me like, "this again, please give me something else." The other, who is the perfect weight, at it initially, begrudgingly, but just recently decided that she'd rather starve. Also, the overweight one never dropped any weight and they are now on their second bag. After this bad is done, I'm going to have to buy them a better tasting weight control dog food.

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  • Great Weight Management Food!

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    I have one fat Sheltie! Had a hard time finding low calorie foods that tasted good. This food must taste really good because she has not once turned her nose up at it! She has only been eating it for a short time so I cannot report on any weight loss just yet, but it has excellent ingredients and she likes it so it is a win regardless!

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  • Works wonderfully for my CORGI

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    This has been the only "diet" food to reduce and maintain my Corgi's weight. No ill side effects either.

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  • My dog loves it!

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    I can't speak to the weight loss aspect of this food yet, but my dog took to it immediately. He looks forward to it every meal. I really like it because it's a lower calorie food, so my dog gets more of it than old food. I'm really hopeful that it will help him lose weight.

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  • Fromm's Loss is Dr. Tim's Gain

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    Fromm recently stopped doing business with Chewy and I wasn't very happy. However, the customer service folks at Chewy gave me a list of recommendations that I researched. I found that after reviewing many sources, Dr. Tim's was better than Fromm and with more food in the bag for less money. Thanks Fromm for setting me off on a search. I will never return. Thanks Dr. Tim's for producing quality food.

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