Dog’s health and fitness is important to us. On our previous HillsPets posts we mentioned that 50% of pets are overweight. Glad to know that many pet owners are seeking their vet’s help and lots of pets succeeded on their weight loss.
Dog obesity is very common in aging dogs. Sugar in her early senior years was a bit heavy (not overweight) and was asked to loose some pounds by her vet. After switching to senior adult food, she lost some weight. Sugar, as an active senior dog, continues to loose weight. Last year, according to Sugar’s vet, she lost too much weight and needs to put some weight back.
Finally, after a year, Sugar gained 5 pounds (what her vet recommended). On Sugar’s recent vet visit, she weighed 50 pounds. What do you think?
Last year, we shared on a post Tweaking My Beach Body that Sugar needs to gain weight. At that time Sugar weighed 45.5. Her vet recommended an extra 5 pounds will be an ideal weight. We monitored Sugar’s weight every week and she would gain 1 to 2 pounds but loose it again. When she got ill last August 2013, she weighed 42 pounds (Sugar’s lowest weight). To Have a Weight Leeway when (if) Sugar gets ill is the main reason why her vet recommended a weight gain.
Sugar’s weight gain happened naturally.
We did not increase her food. Sugar’s treats are always monitored and we continue to involve her in energetic activities. Early this year, Sugar had masses removed from her tongue and might have helped her gain the necessary weight.
The extra pounds actually provided Sugar more energy. Sugar is in good spirits and has exhibited some puppy behaviors playing with her toys. Sugar remains to be a healthy active senior dog.
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Golden Thanks for Slim Doggy for the Sweetest Award.