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Weight Management – A Pet Owner’s Perspective

Guest Post by Kelly Harding

 

I recently posted about my visit to Royal Canin Canada where I spoke to a group of veterinarians about how I felt as a pet owner being told I had an obese pet, how I reacted and what I did about it.  My post did not go into detail or answer any of the below questions, I only wrote about my experience on this day.  Dr. Ryan Llera asked if I would discuss in detail what it was I told the vets attending the weight management session, in the hopes it would help others understand what I did, what I didn’t do, and why.

Why I didn’t take my vet’s recommendation the first time I was confronted with Edie needing to lose weight?

before side view

Edie before losing weight

I was aware that Edie was getting larger, bigger, yes, fatter.  But when it was suggested “the first time” that I should switch her food to a product that would address her weight, her constant hunger and begging for food I hesitated.  I believed I could manage it on my own and thought I could continue to give her the same food, the food that I still had almost a full bag of at home, but just give her less.  I also felt that if Edie was still hungry I could just supplement her with carrots and green beans.  And largely, I couldn’t see how changing to a different food, a food that I now had to purchase from my vet’s office, would make any difference

What made me change my mind?

Edie’s begging and constant demanding of food!!  Not entirely, but it was a large part because she always seemed hungry.  She seemed frustrated by my restrictions on her food and I also became desperate as she began to scratch furniture and dig up carpets until she got food.  There just never seemed to be enough green bean or carrots to satisfy her!  The final straw was that Edie’s weight continued to climb.

What didn’t work for Edie’s weight loss?

I couldn’t keep up and thought I could manage Edie’s weight loss on my own but it wasn’t as easy as I thought.

weight management in progress

Before, during, & after the journey

What did work for Edie’s weight loss?

Well, if you’ve seen recent photos of Edie, you know that we’ve since succeeded in getting her weight to a healthy level.  Ultimately, I took my vet’s advice.  I switched Edie to a prescribed food (Royal Canin Satiety Support) that addressed her weight issues and her need to feel satisfied.  Aside from the food change, learning how much was the right amount to feed Edie (weighing and measuring food portions properly) was key.  And of course, taking Edie in to my vet’s office for regular weigh-ins so that she could be monitored.

How did Edie’s vet support me and make me feel comfortable with the decisions that I made along the way?

Although my vet had mentioned Edie’s weight on a couple of occasions, she never made me feel bad for not doing it earlier.  I was embarrassed enough about Edie’s weight but my veterinarian never did anything to embarass me further.  While most people focus on the numbers on the scale, my vet never overwhelmed me with the big picture (need to lose 10 or 12lbs).  We boiled it down to taking small steps, each weigh-in at a time.  I was welcomed and encouraged to drop in to have Edie weighed anytime.  Each loss was a success, no matter how small!  Veterinarians assess each patient and give them a Body Condition Score (BCS) so the numbers are often just a measurable goal but as weight loss happens, the endpoint of an ideal BCS could change.

Things that helped me along the way and my tips for you:

  • Ask your vet for a weight chart print out.  My vet was able to print out a chart that documented Edie’s weight starting with her very first vet visit.  Seeing the weight climb to its highest was an eye opener; seeing it reduce to a healthier weight was encouraging
  • Have your vet teach you how to do a body condition score on your pet.  There may be a time when you think your pet has lost enough weight, but learning to “feel” your pet’s body helps to understand
  • Pictures!  Take lots and lots of pictures of your pet!  I can’t stress this enough!  When you’re with your pet day in and day out you can’t always see what your pet “really” looks like.  Take photos from all angles.  Take photos from above to see if your pet has a waist.  Compare the photos over time and if you are like me, you will be surprised, shocked and amazed by the changes along the way.
successful weight management

Edie at a healthy weight!

I finally started to notice a difference in Edie’s attitude and hunger issues within a month of being on Satiety Support.  The begging, the scratching of furniture, the digging up of carpets subsided.  Edie became more content and of course that made me happier and encouraged. The Satiety Support was working just as my vet said and Edie lost 1.3kg/2.86lbs in the first 4 months!  We were on our way.  Today, Edie is a healthier, happier dog, weighing in at 9.3kg.

Have you ever been told by your vet your pet needs to lose weight?  What did you do about it?

 

Kelly Harding is the human at the end of Edie the Pug’s leash.  She is better known as “Edie’s Humom” and is the voice behind Edie the Pug.  Kelly acts as typist for Edie the Pug on her blog and social media outlets – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

All opinions about Edie, her weight loss journey and how it affected Edie’s health are Kelly’s own personal experience.  Edie has been on Royal Canin products since she was a puppy and continues to be on Royal Canin Satiety Support Small Dog dry and  Satiety wet.  Edie is an Ambassador to Royal Canin Canada, but this in no way influences Kelly’s opinions of the product.  Edie is, and always has, monitored by her veterinarian to ensure her health, her healthy weight loss and maintenance.

Edie the Pug Woofs the Truth

Edie the Pug Woofs the Truth – An InterviewEdie side profile

Lately I’ve had a few serious posts here.  This week we lighten things up by getting up close and personal with Miss Edie the Pug.  As I don’t have my own late night television show, she joins me on the figurative couch as she lets all of us in on the answers to questions that maybe you or your own pet have had as well as some things I’ve always wondered.   She’s a busy pug so let’s begin…

Thank you for joining me Edie.  What’s it like living with 2 cats?

It’s great to be here.  Well Dr. Llera, when they are not sleeping in my bed or taking my humans attention away from me they’re okay.  They have a box in the basement I sometimes try to clean out for them but I get in trouble for that.  I also like it when they don’t clean their food dishes out. *licks lips*  They have lived with me all my life, so I would be lost without them – but don’t tells anyone I woofed that.

I’m not sure if you watch Westminster, but when not cheering on your fellow pugs, who do you really hope wins the big dog shows?

Oh that’s a difficult question.  I have a furfriend that is a Border Collie and one that is a Newfoundlander, but my humom and I have a soft spot for Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds.

Okay, onto something a little more serious…  What’s the worst part of going to the vet? (Is it the scale, the thermometer, needles, or something else?)

Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes 😉

Actually, I don’t mind going to visit my vet, everyone is very nice to me and I get lots of attention and cuddles – BUT, I have a real problem with that thermometer, do you think you could warm it up at least?  And I don’t like having my nails trimmed – I have sensitive toes.  But the scariest part is when they have to take me into the “back room” away from my humom!

*chuckling* I’ll have to see about getting those thermometers warmed up.  So what would you like to tell other pet owners about a vet visit?  What’s the best part?

I would tell other pet parents that stopping by my vets office when it’s not for a visit that includes needles or when I’m unwell helps to make the visit fun and not a scary place.

Sometimes I go with my humom for the drive (I do love a car ride!) and we just stop in to pick up food, or to step on the scales to keep a check on my weight.  That way I associate it with fun and cuddles!  And yes, the treat jar is a great perk 😉

What would you tell veterinarians that would make a visit better?

Great question Dr. Llera!  I’m fortunate to have wonderful vets and the staff is always friendly and makes me feel comfortable.  I think it’s our humans that need to be comforted more.  If they are relaxed and feel like everything is going to be ok, then us pets will be relaxed too.  Maybe there should be a treat jar for the humans!

Awesome idea, I would love a treat jar for owners but I might use it myself…not good for my waistline.  What is your favorite toy and why?

Edie with her Telus Critters

Edie with her Telus Critters

Do I have to pick just one?  When I watch TV, yes I watch TV, especially commercials with animals in them I would go crazy!  When a Telus commercial comes on with the critters in it I would actually cry (you’re not going to print that part are you?) because I wanted them to come out of that box and play with me!  So I was a very lucky pug and the nice humans at Telus sent me my very own critter to play with.  My critter is never out of my sight.

Do you have your own bed or does humom & hudad let you share theirs?

I have had my own bed since I choose my humans 4 years ago.  As much as I would love to cuddle in the bed with them I like my own space to stretch out and I don’t have to fight for the blankets.  Besides, no one snores in my bed 😉

You’re a lucky dog Edie.  What’s the hardest part of being a pug? 

Wow, that’s a difficult question!  The hardest part of being a pug is we can never have enough love and attention from our humans.  Oh, and we can never have enough treats 😉

How did you get started on having your own Twitter, Facebook, etc.?

Because I’m a very social pug, and I have so much to woof about, my humom helped me set up my own Twitter account just after my 2nd barkday.  And of course what’s a pug without a blog, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest account?

You certainly have a good heart and definitely help lots of people & animals.  Aside from helping out with the OSPCA, what else do you want to share with pets & people to make their lives better?

I don’t know that I can make pets or human’s lives better, but if I can make someone smile than that’s all that really matters.

Do you have other goals you hope to accomplish?

Edie,Royal Canin Canada ambassador

Edie,Royal Canin Canada ambassador

-Finding a way to get the treats from the top of the fridge

-More car rides – preferably to the pet store to get more toys

-Meeting and making new friends

-Having my pug face on the Royal Canin food bag

-Becoming the first Telus pug critter

Those are some great goals; I hope you reach them!  Thank you for joining me Edie!  I certainly learned a lot and I hope so did my readers.  Thanks for joining us everyone.  Be sure to visit back next week when Edie turns the tables and puts me in the hot seat with some questions of her own!  In the meantime, check out Edie’s blog and see how awesome the world is from her viewpoint.

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