Saturday, February 23, 2013

Show Off Your Dog's Waistline: Jack

by Jack's mom

Jack ate everything! 

Stuff kids threw on the floor, licked the dishwasher clean, left overs on the plate. 

We called him the Hoover. He literally would eat anything.

I never measured his food or really knew what was in it. 

In fact, he ate dog food available at grocery stores and Walmart. I honestly never thought twice about it. If they're selling it, it must be good for dogs, right?

The other thing I thought, as he got bigger, was that all labs are fat. Fat and lab went together.

Jack got up one day at the cottage and screamed in pain from his back leg. He limped all day. I knew we had to do something, he was only three and he was limping???


I brought him in and Dr. Brian tested his thyroid to rule out anything that might be adding to his weight gain. He came back clear. Dr Brian then put Jack on a medical calorie control diet.

I used the Best Doggone Diet app on my iphone to monitor Jack's food intake and made sure I wasn't over or under feeding him. The app did all the work for me.

We stopped allowing Jack in when we were eating and I gave him an apple and some carrots in the afternoon to tie him over. He reminded me at the same time everyday to get his apple and carrots. Still does!

Jack was too fat to walk. 

We live in a rural setting and he couldn't do it. He would overheat and lie down and couldn't be moved. He would, however, chase a ball, take it, and stand in the creek so that I could get him and make him chase after it again. So I started at the cottage to make him swim.

Jack was so fat he didn't swim. 

In the beginning he'd come out once, circle around us, and go back to shore. Soon, though, he was able to come out for longer periods of time. As he's black, and hard to see in the lake water, the kids call him affectionately the "water moccasin". All you can hear is him snorting water. Look out he's coming to rescue.

Today, Jack is enjoying life again! 

He chases rabbits, squirrels and the tennis ball for hours. He loves to play in the snow.

An interesting side effect of his weight loss (or the new diet), is that he smells less. He used to enter a room and without looking up I knew he was there. I took him constantly to the groomers but could never get rid of the smell.

He is also losing less hair and his hair is shiny. His ears and breath smell less.

It's your turn!

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1 comment

  1. That's a great story. We see so many fat labs that many people think like you - or at least, like the way you did. They think labs are meant to be fat, to the extent that if they see one that isn't, they call him 'thin'.

    Huge amounts of kudos to you for realising what you were doing, listening to the vet, and putting your heart and soul into getting the weight off. You did an incredible job in reversing the damage to Jack - who is a very handsome fellow, by the way! SO nice to see how much he's enjoying life these days!

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