Henry Overweight? Say it isn't so!!
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!!