Here is an update on Sophie's weight reduction program. As of this morning, Saturday October 9, 2010 she weighed in at 31.0. She is down .7 of a pound and she looks better all the time. I continue with the same program - lite dog food, frozen green beans finely chopped and a spoonful of canned pumpkin. She gets a few light treats during the day and a plain organic brown rice cake for her bedtime snack. I am so pleased with her progress! Adding photo taken yesterday and last night.
FIRST POST SEPT 25, 2009
Sophie is 2 years old. In Feb 2010 I found she is overweight and she has hip dysplasia. In February she weighed 35 pounds, I put her on a doggie diet and in two months she had gained another 1.5 pound - was up to 36.5 pounds. AHHHH! It is so important I get her weight down to help with her hips. The Vet told me
that 1 extra pound on a dog is equal to 5 pounds on a person.
It has taken me months of trial and error. I find every bite counts! I have had to try 3 different brands of food before I found one that worked. She now weighs 32 lbs (UPDATE - as of Sun 9/26 she weighs 31.7 lbs)
. She already feels so much better and can once again jump up on the bed and on the couch. Sophie is a long corgi and she may be able to carry a little more weight then the "standard". My goal is to get her to 30 lbs, see how she is doing and go from there.
For Breakfast I have been giving her 3/4C Science Diet Light Small Bites, adding some warm water to soften it, then I add 1/4C finely chopped green beans and recently began adding a spoonful of canned pumpkin (both of these to had bulk and fiber and few calories). I realize 3/4C may sound like a lot of food - but the Science Diet Lite is low in fat and high in fiber and it is designed so the dog can get a bigger portion. She also gets a little cooked egg white (1 TBL) and sometimes a tiny bit of non-fat ground turkey breast meat (1 TBL).
She always wants dinner, so for dinner I give her 1/4C dog food and smaller portions of the other ingredients.
I limit her treats. My dog trainer suggested I give her a rice cake at night for her bedtime treat - she likes them, and I give her one every night. She gets a few low cal dog treats during the day along with her Dasuguin glucosamine chews.
Since I began adding the green beans and pumpkin she has been loosing .1 to .2. This past week she was much more active and lost .3! :)
I bought a new home scale and now weigh her by weighing myself then holding her. It isn't the most accurate I am sure but it is a way to gauge how she is doing.
I would really appreciate any objective suggestions as to how to go about getting the weight off of her. Is this fast enough? Should I make her bite the bullet and not have dinner?
Sophie a few days ago:
Here is her before photo at her highest 36.5