Thursday, June 19, 2008
Max's Dog Diet
We got Max from the pound at the end of March and he was 4 lbs overweight when I took him for his first vet visit. Obviously the pound just kept food out all day and he loved it. I started to monitor his diet. THEN >>> I took Max to the vet about 4 weeks ago and they told me he injured his back because he was overweight and needed to lose 6 lbs. Well, he only weighs like 23 lbs so that's a HUGE percent of his total weight that must go!! I was on a mission! I decided that I too would be on a "dog diet" because I could not bear to see him hungry but it would lessen the pain if we were on the journey together -- misery loves company. I quit all snacking and quit drinking real cokes. Well, we were miserable all right. In the first 2 weeks, I lost 4 lbs and Max lost 0.8 lbs. Now after 4 weeks, I have lost 7 pounds and he gained back 0.4 lbs. for a total loss of 0.4 lbs. I am frustrated!! He has become a thief stealing food from the kids to make up for the missed calories from my strict diet that I have him on -- 1/3 cup dog food in AM and 1/3 cup in PM. He can have a few raw carrots or unsalted green beans if he dances a lot and begs -- I usually give in. Well, I hope the next month will be better!