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My Little Chunk

From the blog series, “A Girl’s Best Friend,” by Chelsea Reber.

Christmas 2012

I recently decided to switch veterinarians and had to bring Koda in for a physical. The little porker weighed in at a whopping 30 pounds!

Koda has always been “stocky”, and my family always kids about her size and shape. But pet obesity is a very serious matter, and an unhealthy weight will affect the overall quality of life of your animal.

Koda is by no means obese, but I was not surprised when the vet said, “It would be ideal for her to lose 4 to 5 pounds”. I told her that over the last few months I had been really careful with Koda’s eating habits; only feeding her 3/4 cup of food, once in the morning and once at night, and limiting her treats. I asked the doc if she recommended a different food or eating schedule.

What She Recommended
  • Buying a lower calorie dog food
  • Supplementing her meals with raw carrots or canned green beans (low sodium)

The vet told me the carrots and green beans would help fill Koda up without adding on the pounds. I gave her a few baby carrots the other night and she gobbled them right up! Now I know what to use for treats instead of high calorie, processed doggie cookies.

Raw carrots can help your dog stay full without adding on the pounds.

Overall, Koda was in great health, but in the next few months, I’m making it my goal to help her drop the weight. She can’t choose her own food, and it’s my responsibility as her mom to help her stay healthy and happy!