If you follow my blog you may be familiar with my post from a few weeks ago where I lament over the fact that my vet said my dog is obese. Well, as any obsessed dog owner I did not take the news well. I cried for a bit like any crazy pregnant lady would, then did a ton of research on how I could get him to lose the weight.
My main problem with the vet’s diagnosis was their suggestion to feed him a prescribed food that basically had poop for ingredients. It was extremely low calorie and I tried to mix it in with his normal food over the course of two weeks. While I didn’t want to, I went against my own judgment and fed it to him anyway.
As soon as I fed him the new food exclusively, (which only lasted three days), he started to act weird. He was depressed and constantly asked to go outside so he could eat grass. Turns out his stomach was so upset from the ingredients.
An employee at Petco told me eating that ‘diet’ food was like him eating McDonald’s every day and it just wasn’t agreeing with him. (He’s so used to natural, holistic stuff.)
We’ve cut back on the treats too and he has his waistline back. Hooray!
Truth be told, my dog is a mixed breed, so we don’t really know what his weight should be. He has shaggy hair and looks like a mini Sheepdog and has always looked like a chalupa to us. But, he just got groomed over the weekend and he now looks so tiny.
When he came home with his new do my two-year-old said “Aw, it’s little Riley!”
And just hearing that from my toddler made me realize he’s not fat, he just needed a haircut.