Creating a Healthy Weight Loss Program for Your Dog
My dog Rolo was overweight; as of September 2014 he weighed in at a whooping 108lbs. Rolo has Canine Epilepsy and one of the side effects of his twice daily medication is weight gain. Along with this extra weight he also has hind end weakness, which is another side effect of the medication, Phenobarbital. We needed to do something to counteract the medication and go about getting his weight down the proper way and build up the strength in those back legs. Rolo's weight loss journey was very low impact due to his hind end weakness along with arthritis, so we had to adjust everything accordingly, which is why his walks started at a very short length until I could build up more strength in his legs. Keeping him mobile was key in keeping all those joints lubricated and moving.
Things that have aided in Rolo's weight loss program:
♥ low calorie treats
♥ two meals a day
♥ daily walks, 10 minutes increasing length each day by a minute up to 30 minutes per walk
♥ low calorie dog food, we choose Natural Balance® Low Calorie Dog Food
♥ create a meal plan; we chose a rotational diet, which included his low calorie dog food along with a nutritious topper (various veggies, cooked & raw meat & pumpkin puree)
♥ daily massages to help aid muscle relaxation & stimulation
♥ supplements; coconut oil, glucosamine & chondroitin for joints, milk thistle to protect his liver and kidneys from his canine epilepsy medication.
♥ grippy socks to increase traction on the hardwood floors (due to hind end weakness)
Rolo will be heading to the vet in the next month to get his twice yearly phenobarbital levels checked and I cannot wait to see the progress he has made since his last weigh in he had in June. When we started his weight loss journey, Rolo didn’t have any hip indents; he was like a rectangle and even now he clearly has indents, and a lot of stress has come off of his hips! He is like a brand new dog who is full of life and has tons of energy.
We wanna hear what you are doing to help keep your pet in tip top shape! Share with us below in the comment section.
Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian, dog trainer, or dietician. All of these results are my own and if you are wanting to change your pet's lifestyle, please consult a professional first.
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