This is a pretty cool blog hop. We’re joining in the Show Off Your Dog’s Waistline Campaign being hosted over at Dawg Business.
Suki has actually been at nearly 6 kilograms (13 pounds), which for her 5 kilogram (11 pound) frame is pretty hefty! At the time she was on a high protein, low carbohydrate diet and despite hours upon hours of exercise and being fed a ridiculously small portion of food could not lose weight. Not only that, but due to her weight problem I had to force myself to stop sharing my food with her. Not only did this not help in the least, her appearance began to decline; her coat was dull and had a reddish cast despite shedding season not being in, and because she was always starving she had less energy. It was that change in her, as well as the strong push by the veterinarian we were seeing at the time, that prompted me to switch Suki over to homemade.
Her maximum weight is now less than what her minimum weight used to be. Aside from when we were struggling with less than optimal food, she’s always had a pretty good metabolism so she maintains that look by eating as much food as is recommended (based on Dinner Pawsible guidelines) for a dog 2 kilograms (5 pounds) bigger than her. This is actually still less calories than what dog calorie calculators recommend for her though, and if her weight continues to drop I’m going to start giving her more food. It can’t be seen in the picture because of her thick coat, but her spine is really easy to feel and there is a very pronounced dip between her ribcage and waist. Schipperkes are a stocky breed, so what might look like an ideal weight for another dog is actually underweight for Suki.
While all her vegetables are cooked for her meals, she gets raw fruits and veggies as snacks because I think having a mixture of raw and cooked plants is best. Some nutrients, like the lycopene in tomatoes, are released through cooking while some nutrients are best when heat isn’t applied to them. She also loves salty foods, and is usually successful at scamming a few chips or french fries when I have them. Everyone has to live a little sometimes.
Suki and I both follow what I like to call the Canine Diet: Eat lots, play more, and don’t worry about the rest.
This campaign has also spurred me to start a set of photo posts over on our Facebook page. For one week I’m going to upload a daily picture of what Suki is eating that day, as well as the occasional prep-work photo.
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