While I am very fortunate that all five of my current pets are a healthy weight, I know all too well the frustration and heartbreak of having overweight dogs and cats. My first husky, Natasha, was overweight. She was my first heart dog and has been gone for over twenty five years. Looking at photos of her and reminiscing on our special times together should bring me joy, especially after all these years. Instead, I focus on her massive middle in old photos. My stomach churns. My heart aches. I should have noticed my dog needed to lose weight. I should have helped her.
This is what Amelia needed just one year ago. During her annual veterinary examination, my vet told me she was overweight. I was cautioned to not allow her to gain anymore weight. After that conversation with my vet, I noticed that she wasn't as playful. She didn't run as fast or do as many laps around the house. She didn't jump as high. I know there are plenty of people like me, who know that it's important to keep our pets at a healthy weight but struggle with consistently making it happen. In working on getting Amelia to loose weight, I often looked like the woman in the "One Big Kitty" video... only there were three curious dogs and a confused cockatoo staring at me wondering exactly how much crazier I could get. I am proud to say that at Amelia's exam this year, she has lost weight and she is also back to her bouncy playful self. It wasn't easy. But that doesn't matter. It was worth it. Natasha and Emily would be proud.
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