A Pug’s Weight Loss Journey
The Pet Parent’s Version
In past posts, my dog Edie has posted her view, the view of a dog, of what its like to be overweight and what it’s like to be on a weight loss journey.
This post is written by me – Edie’s humom — the view of the pet parent who’s been told their pet needs to loose weight.
There have been challenges, questions and concerns along the way, but as we are nearing the end of Edie’s weight loss journey, those concerns, challenges and questions are now clearer to me.
When it was decided that my pug Edie indeed needed to loose weight, I did not disagree, but was hesitant as to how the dog food my vet recommended would or could actually help.
Was this just a sales tactic? Couldn’t I just keep feeding her the same dog food but less of it? Would Edie like this new food? How long would it take to notice a difference?
I will admit that I didn’t switch her food the first time it was suggested. I tried giving her less of her regular food but that didn’t work. Edie still didn’t feel satisfied and continued to beg. Edie’s weight continued to be an issue and I knew that I had to do something to address it, so home I went with a new bag of food from my vet, Royal Canin Satiety Support.
Edie, as many of my followers already know, is a big fan of the Royal Canin brand and has been using it since she was a puppy, but I still could not see how this new food, Satiety Support could help.
Any concerns of Edie not liking Satiety Support was immediately put to rest, she devoured it just as she did with her Royal Canin Pug food, but of course just as any change in a pet’s diet to a new food, it was introduced in small amounts over a couple of weeks.
Edie’s hunger and love of food, the begging, the fits; yes she would pull a fit by scratching on arms of chairs or dig the carpets when she was hungry, she would stare us down until she was fed, this display of what I call naughtiness did not magically disappear when she switched to Satiety Support, but in time these fits of hunger started to decrease and are now mostly a thing of the past.
I now realize that switching food was the best thing for Edie. It was definitely not a sales tactic to get me to try a different food, one that I would now purchase from my vet’s office instead of buying from my local pet store, but it was a food that would address Edie’s weight and her need to feel fuller. This past summer we introduced Royal Canin Satiety Wet to Edie’s diet to replace her meal of dry food at lunch time, and recently her Royal Canin Satiety dry became available in a Satiety Support Small Dog formula.
In addition to the change in her diet, we also increased Edie’s exercise. Exercising pug’s can be a challenge based on weather – pugs do not do well in hot, humid conditions, and of course the past winter was extremely difficult with the ice and snow. When days were too hot, too snowy or icy, I took her to the local pet store for a walk around just to get her moving.
When human’s are on diets they can tell they are becoming successful in a number of ways; clothes start becoming loose, they loose inches, and a definite sign is when they step on the scale. We are also told that we didn’t put this weight on overnight and it will take time for it to come off.
This was no different for Edie. Her harness became loose and needed to be taken in; she went for regular weigh-in’s at the vet’s office to confirm she was on the right path and that she was loosing weight at a healthy pace. The weight did not drop off overnight; it has been a journey that started May 30, 2012! At that time Edie was a few days shy of her 2nd birthday and weighed the heaviest she had ever been, 14.4kg!
Within the first year Edie had reduced to 12.6kg, it was after this time that she started to level out, not loosing as much or as quickly. As the weather improved, Edie became more active and started loosing again. After a recent injury to Edie’s shoulder and being put on strict rest, I though “oh no”, her weight is going to increase. Much to my surprise and the delight of her vet, when Edie was last weighed she dropped down to 11.7kg! According to Edie’s vet, she has not weighed this since she was 1 year old!
Now I know you’re probably thinking, that it’s not a good thing to weigh what she did when she was 1 year old, but it’s not only a good thing, it’s a healthy thing!
Edie’s journey will continue, not necessarily to loose more weight, but to maintain the healthy weight she has reached so she can stay the happy, healthy pug she is, and she can continue to make me laugh and smile each day.
Disclosure: All opinions about Edie, her weight loss journey and how it affected Edie’s health are my own personal experience. Edie has been on Royal Canin products since she was a puppy and continues to be on Royal Canin Satiety Support (dry and wet). Edie is Ambassador to Royal Canin Canada, but this in no way influences my opinions of the product. Edie has and is always monitored by her veterinarian to ensure her health, her healthy weight loss and maintenance.