A Pug’s Weight Loss Journey
This is my view and perspective of a pet parent who’s been told their pet is obese.
When You’re Told “Your Pet is Obese”
When I was told my pug Edie needed to lose weight I did not disagree. I mean, it was obvious she was heavier than she should be. If looking at her wasn’t an indication my dog was obese, all we had to do was place her on a scale to know the truth – and scales don’t lie.
I had plenty of questions and concerns about how I was going to get my dog to lose weight. But as the weight loss journey progressed, those questions were answered, things became clearer, and any concerns I had were diminished.
Was My Vet’s Recommendation A Sales Tactic?
One of the first steps recommended to start Edie on a healthy weight loss program was a change of food.
Now I am going to be completely honest here. I could not (at the time) understand how a prescription dog food diet would make any difference? Honestly, in my mind I thought I had tried everything when it came to getting my dog to lose weight. I fed Edie less, I exercised her more,. When Edie started constantly begging for food, NEVER seeming to be satisfied, instead of giving her extra food, I gave her carrots and green beans hoping to satisfy and fill her until the next meal. But it didn’t work!
So how could a simple change of food make a difference when it came to my dog’s weight loss? Was the recommendation from my vet of a prescription dog food a sales tactic? I honestly could not understand how this food, or any food, could make a difference in my dog’s weight and satisfy her need to feel full.
What I did know was, something had to be done to get my Edie’s constant begging for food and weight under control.
Royal Canin’s Satiety Support
The day I went to the vet and Edie weighed in at a whooping 14.4kgs was the day I went home with a bag of the prescription food my vet recommended. That food was Royal Canin’s Satiety Support for dogs.
As many of my followers already know, I am a big fan of the Royal Canin brand. I have been feeding it to Edie since she was a puppy, I feed Royal Canin to my other dog, as well, my cat eats a Royal Canin product. But even still, I could not at that time comprehend how this particular product would stop, or at least decrease Edie’s begging, but also reduce her weight.
Would Edie even like this new dog food? Would feeding Edie Satiety Support stop her from constantly begging? And, how long would it take to notice a reduction in Edie’s weight?
Did My Dog’s Begging Stop?
Any concerns of Edie not liking the Satiety Support was immediately put to rest, she devoured it, but as with any change in a pet’s diet, her new food was introduced slowly 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 carpets (as shown in above videos) when she was hungry. Edie would stare us down until she was fed, this display did not magically disappear when I switched her to Satiety Support, but in time, these fits decreased and are now mostly a thing of the past.
How Long Before My Dog’s Weight Decreased?
It was after a month of Edie being fed the vet recommended Royal Canin Satiety Support that she had her first weigh-in and her first reduction on the scales!
I realize now that switching to a food that addressed Edie’s need to feel satisfied and her obesity issue was the right thing to do. I also realized that my vet was not trying to up sell me, nor was it a sales tactic. My vet suggested a product that would address Edie’s weight, her begging and need to feel fuller, and importantly, a food that would make my dog healthier!
When human’s are on diets they see success as their clothes start becoming loose, they lose inches, and of course, they see results when they step on the scale. We are told that we did not put this weight on overnight, and it will not come off overnight. The same can be said for my dog.
Over time, Edie’s harness became loose and needed to be taken in. I her took her to the vet for regular weigh-in’s, confirming she was on the right path, and losing weight at a healthy pace. Edie’s weight did not drop off overnight; it was a journey. A weight loss journey that began May 30, 2012, just a few days shy of her 2nd birthday, when Edie weighed in at her heaviest – 14.4kg!
Within the first year, Edie reduced to 12.6kg. It was at this time she started to level out, not losing as much or as quickly. But as the weather improved, Edie became more active and started reducing again.
Edie had injured her shoulder and was put on strict rest. I though “oh no”, her weight is going to increase, but much to my surprise and the delight of her vet, when Edie went for a weigh-in, she dropped down to 11.7kg! And according to Edie’s vet, she had not weighed this since she was 1 year old!
Now I know you’re probably thinking, “it’s not a good to weigh what she did when she was 1 year old”, but it is not only a good thing, it’s a healthy thing!
Edie’s weight journey will continue, **not necessarily to lose more weight, but to maintain the healthy weight she has achieved.
**When I look back and read this story today, I believed Edie had made it to a weight that was acceptable and appropriate for her and she no longer needed to lose “much more”. In fact, I was still unable to see that my dog was indeed still over weight at 11.7kg. With the help and encouragement of my vet, we continued to monitor Edie’s weight and today I can confidently say, with my vet in agreement, that Edie now at 9.4kg, is at her ideal weight.
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.