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Henry Overweight? Say it isn't so!!

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Henry's "curbside" vet visit yesterday was quite an adventure. He needed his toe nails clipped and to be weighed to determine the right dosage for his flea/tick meds.

So: we pulled into the parking lot, called in to the clinic to let them know we were there. I released Henry from his seat belt and got back into the car, with my mask on. The tiny vet tech put a HUGE rope slip collar around his neck and walked him (was pretty much yanked!!) into the clinic. Henry can walk nicely on a leash but this was all new territory for him for sure . . . and he hasn't had social interaction with other people for 2 months either (although before that he was going to the office with me daily and saw LOTS of people: clients, staff and his admirers on our daily lunch time walks!!)

When the vet tech brought him back, she reported: he is OVERWEIGHT!! They weighed him in at 39 kg (85 pounds). He needs to lose "5-10" she told me. (Not sure if she meant kilograms or pounds.) He's overweight!! More walks prescribed!! Less food!!

Henry gets daily walks, but at a relatively sedate pace with plenty of snuffing. Most of his real exercise happens in our large fenced yard where he's spending a LOT of time, zooming around and chasing squirrels and pouncing and hurling sticks -- he loves to be in motion. Then to flop down and rest in the shade or the sun on the deck. And then: right back to squirrel patrol!!

Less food? Henry's eating pretty much exclusively his grain free organic duck chow (ridiculously expensive) with some raw fresh fruits and veggies when I'm making salads. (DH does hand out the little cheese and bacon treats . . . and yes, he's pretty clearly Henry's fave!! Oh well oh well . . . OK with me!!). He says he will cut back . . .


I'm actually not surprised by Henry's weight. But I'm not persuaded Henry's too heavy for his particular build. At one point the same clinic had told me that Charlie was overweight . . . but I think they'd had trouble getting Charlie on to the platform scale when he was a young pup. Charlie was a tall thin rangy golden for sure.

Henry is shorter and wider than Charlie ever was -- he has that 21" neck!! He's definitely built like a brick -- or in shape like a loaf of bread. SOLID muscle. But: I don't feel rolls of fat under all that fur.


So I texted the breeder to inquire what her adult males typically weigh. We'll keep an eye on it for sure, definitely don't want Henry to be carrying around any excess weight, especially after his leg fracture when he was just a tiny puppy . . . not wishing any joint problems to develop.

And last night for supper I put two (one third cup) scoops of chow into his dish -- not the customary three!! He sat and waited. Looked up at me inquiringly. There is no question he can count to three!!! (Maybe four -- when we're wiping paws and he does his twirls for the back feet).

Is that all?? Really?? Uh, disappointing. But OK then.

Same thing this morning. Two scoops? TWO?? That's it???

This evening . . . another run at our friends' farm is on the schedule!! That will be lots of fun for Henry!!

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  • GAILMARYFRANCES
    Understand about the overweight dog. I have a beagle who puts on a ton of weight during deer season. People throw out carcasses and my dog seems think it's a smorgasbord. Her weight is down but I really have to watch her. WE love our pets!
    9 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    Henry is very lucky to have you figuring this all out for him. I'm sure you'll get it just right.
    10 days ago
  • 2DAWN4
    Poor little guy! But it sounds like you are doing everything right!
    11 days ago
  • 2DAWN4
    Poor little guy! But it sounds like you are doing everything right!
    11 days ago
  • JPPERSELL
    My dog has lost weight. It is easy just feed them less and have them exercise more to prevent injury! We could learn a lesson or two from our fur babies lol.
    11 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    Poor Henry
    11 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Henry can be your walking partner. My Lady was my walking partner to the tune of 55 pounds.
    11 days ago
  • KITTYHAWK1949
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    11 days ago
  • UPTOIT59
    Can you easily feel his ribs? Keeping dogs weight down is very important for long life. emoticon Just like people animals can gain weight even if on a good food diet- cut his food a bit and see how he does. He won't notice it. Just my experienced, unsolicited advice.
    11 days ago
  • no profile photo GRAMPIAN
    Poor Henry! emoticon
    12 days ago
  • SPARKLINGME176
    Henry is lucky he's has a wonderful mommy!

    I make LUCY her own veggie chicken soup. Mostly veggies. Carrots, broccoli, yellow squash, celery, I cook IN chicken broth till just tender, maybe some whole brown rice noodles & a about 1 cup chicken. I turn it into a soup with extra water. She loves it! I only make it a few times a month, for her. Freeze some if there is room in freezer. She also gets kibble, whenever she wants. BUT the soup is her favorite! (I also make us this soup, then add the spices after I pull out her share. Dogs shouldn't have onions, garlic, salt or pepper, I'm sure you know!)
    12 days ago
  • no profile photo RACHNACH
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    12 days ago
  • SNOOPYLINKOS
    Dogs are smart! When we were told our German Shepard was overweight and decrease amount, he refused to eat unless he "heard" 3 scoops! So I didn't fill the cups to top and gave him 3 scoops! He ate it without a problem! emoticon
    13 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    There's a wideness that Juno gets when she's too heavy. Not rolls of fat - because it doesn't get to that point - it's just a look. And when that happens we scale back on the feed. Callie is a dainty eater and wanders off from her food when she's had enough. How I wish I could either be like Callie or have a Bess to take charge of my meals. LOL.

    I am sure Henry is loving having Mama available for playtime all day long.
    13 days ago
  • DOVESEYES
    He will adapt, maybe find some new treats that are worked off :) with his exuberance :)
    13 days ago
  • HARROWJET
    Poor Henry. It is so hard to cut back.
    13 days ago
  • LSANDY7
    Unfortunately overweight is just as bad for our pets as it is for us. Take the info from the vet, the breeder and the breed standards and make any necessary adjustments. At least Henry doesn't have to battle the will power issues.
    13 days ago
  • SUSIEMT
    I hope that Clinic did not body shame Henry!!! He's just to young to understand that! Pass on to Henry these (((HUGS)))!!
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    13 days ago
  • JHADZHIA
    Poor Henry. I can so see him wondering why he isn't getting that third scoop.
    You give him quality food and he gets good exercise. He will be fine I am sure..
    13 days ago
  • DSHONEYC
    Not an intuitive eater is our Henry, 'eh?
    13 days ago
  • POLSKARENIA
    Poor Henry, but at least he is lucky to have you to Spark for him!
    13 days ago
  • QUARTERMASTER3
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  • BJAEGER307
    Poor Henry, he's Sparking and he doesn't even know it. You made me smile and chuckle when I read about him sitting there waiting for more food. Reminds me of the lab we have next door, that hubby gives him treats when he out. The dog actually knows when we open our garage door that he gets a doggy cookie.

    Dogs are smarter than we think. Good thing you are doing what you can now while he's still a pup to get him where he needs to be weight wise. I always knew that was important for an animal as in the wild they don't eat more than they need.


    13 days ago
  • OVERWORKEDJANET
    I need to loose a few can you come measure mine?
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    LOL if only it were that easy.
    Honestly, it's no different than what some of us deal with. We weigh and measure and have the right "meals".
    Perhaps it's those snacks and treats. Isn't that what got my weight up and keeps it there? If I didn't eat all those "little" treats, I'd cut down some pounds. If his food is what it should be, ditch the cheese and such.

    BTW: My cousins' mini-doxie bloomed since I had last seen her and on my visit I saw she was getting treat upon treat; greenies, some kind of beef trachea and other "non-fatty" "low-caloric" things. The gut takes any of those things, mixes it with heat and water and can still create some calories out of almost nothing to store for later!
    13 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/21/2020 2:33:40 PM
  • SERENASEA
    Nope, he is healthy and fit. But you may have to use a smaller scoop for his food since he's so good at counting to three!
    13 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    I don’t know much at all about dogs but I found comfort from my doc years ago who told me that the BMR is just a general guideline and does not take into account an individual’s body type, muscle mass, exercise habits, etc.
    Maybe that also applies to animals?
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    13 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    LOL! Just chuckling, because Miss Lilly definitely can count the scoops of her food also.

    Well, hope Henry has a good time running @ the farm. He sure doesn't look overweight.


    13 days ago
  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
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    13 days ago
  • NANASUEH
    Since he seems to count, maybe do 3 scant scoops ( or a smaller scoop). The change doesn't have to be drastic, especially with the healthy food. The scraps DH is handing out probably should be stopped.

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    13 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    Oh, no! I too have a DH that likes to treat...and Benji does not need the girth he has.
    I noticed him getting larger recently (Benji, not DH), and realized my being at home to work was a changed variable. Watching myself closely now to make sure it’s not my actions creating this unwelcome change in Benji’s size!
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    13 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    Glad you're looking into the situation and have checked in the breeder. My concern would be the possible presence of visceral fat. Perhaps, a different food would support him better?

    One of my sisters was recently informed by the vet that many of the dog foods available on the market are too protein heavy for dogs. Dogs are not carnivores like cats. She needed to work more vegetables into her dog's diet. She also had her dog on a grain-free food. And, yes, her dog was also deemed overweight.
    13 days ago
  • MTN_KITTEN
    It's a shame you can't re-weigh Henry.

    When hubby had his accident and dented his brain ... I was in charge of feeding both our pups. Oops ... I made both of them overweight.
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    13 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    13 days ago
  • MILLEDGE2
    I’ll bet he slims down quickly and you’re not cutting his rations enough to decrease his energy. My own little dog has always self-regulated her weight. When I noticed the bowl was empty, I put in a scoop of her food. I realized last week that she seems to have (and I weighed her with me on the bathroom scale to be sure) “fluffed up” a bit. I ascribe this to my being home all the time and, therefore, noticing that empty bowl much more frequently. I have become much more careful about not doing this randomly.
    13 days ago
  • MARYJOANNA
    Henry will get used to it! They get interested in other things, or take a nap and are fine.
    13 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Such a great baby you have there! And he has such a wonderful mama and dad!!!
    13 days ago
  • PENOWOK
    He's too big for you to lift and weigh with yourself on the scale to check progress...I'll bet he's all muscle! He's sure a happy guy and doesn't seem impaired by that earlier break as shown by his activity level! I dunno... you two know him best. Maybe cutting down on some of those treats/reserving some for when he seems to be really starting... Wow! I am surprised! He sure looks great in your photos!
    13 days ago
  • RAPUNZEL53
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  • ONEKIDSMOM
    Poor Henry. Is he taking acting lessons from Grumpy Cat?

    But seriously, good to have a second opinion from the breeder, and to keep an eye on things. AND I'm sure Henry will love the increasing activity!
    13 days ago
  • HAPPYSOUL91
    Poor Henry, Scarlett-dog is smaller and I was informed that she could lose weight ??????? emoticon
    13 days ago
  • PATRICIA-CR
    Yep. I've seen that dogs and cats living with us, humans, can easily get overweight too! I'm glad the pest of obesity it's not exclusively on humans?
    13 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    I don't buy it. I think he's healthy and fine. You do topnotch with his exercise and food.
    13 days ago
  • KALIGIRL
    Glad you're dealing with this now.
    We had to put Liz down after she tore ligaments and blew out her knee.
    13 days ago
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