Have you seen Candyce the cats video yet? Candyce is an obese cat that is getting help loosing weight from her veterinarian at the Toronto Humane Society. Take a peek at her video. You can also follow her journey on twitter. Candyce’s twitter handle is @.
Candyce is loosing weight, at a healthy pace, to help get her adoption ready. With the help of her foster family, her veterinarian from the Toronto Humane Society and Royal Canin Candyce is well on her way to a successful weight. Once Candyce is a more healthy weight she will hopefully be matched with her furever family. Did you notice Candyce’s activity monitor on her collar? How cool is that?
Candyce’s story reminds me of our dog Bella’s story. Bella is a retired breeders dog. Bella had many pups, Labradoodles, and when we brought her home she was a tad, ehhhhhm, poofy as my daughters call her. Weighing in at 100 pounds, well above the average of 55 to 70 pounds, our veterinarian called her obese. We were in denial because Bella was just so darn cute and we loved all 100 pounds of her!
We brought Bella home from the vets with the suggested food available in the vets office. We did really well with watching Bellas calorie intake and added extra walks for good measure. Bella was doing so well that she lost 5 pounds before long. Then the excuses started about going to the vets office to buy Bellas food. The vets office is too far. I can buy twice as much “X” food for the same price. I am at the grocery store weekly anyways… I will just buy her food while I am here.
So that is how we started buying Bellas food from the Big Box Store. I mean dog food couldn’t make THAT much of a difference… right? Woooah! Were we wrong.
Our next follow-up visit our dear Miss Bella weighed in at 105 pounds. In addition to the added 5 pounds we noticed that she seemed to be walking cautiously and quite slower on her walks. There was also the matter of her new dandruff and scratching problem. No fleas but she would scratch, scratch, scratch. It was so bad that she would rub her head on the foot board of the bed. Have you ever had a 105 pound animal shake your bed in the middle of the night??! A little frightening until you figure out what is going on! HA! When the vet asked “What have you been feeding her?”, I sheepishly told her the Big Box Store brand we were buying. Her next question was, “When did you notice the scratching, dandruff and weight gain start?” and I had to admit “When I stopped feeding her the food you recommended.”. Busted.
The moral of my story? Your vet knows what is the best way to help your pup on their weight loss journey. So listen to them. I am happy to say that Bella last weighed in at 92 pounds!
Do you have a pet weight loss story to share?