urge to herd Posted July 11, 2007 Report Share Posted July 11, 2007 OK, our quirky girl is around 12 or 13, maybe older. When we got her, 9 years ago, she weighed 32 lbs. It took at least 3 months to put 3 lbs on her. At 35 lbs, she looks/feels good to me, she's on the shorter side for a bc, but she's also a bit squarish and has never had the tucked tummy. Last Dec, she broke a toe. No running for 3 weeks, didn't think to reduce her ration, she got distinctly plump. I cut back to about 2/3 of what I had been feeding her, (California Chicken/Rice) and she went from about 39 lbs to 36 in a couple months, but she feels like skin and bones to me. Our vet did a complete senior panel 2 months ago, everything came back well within normal ranges, including thyroid. We discussed her weight, and the recent history behind it. He suggested feeding more. I added a half cup per day to her ration. For the last 2 months, she's been getting at least 2 cups of kibble a day, more most days if you add in treats, etc. Went to the vet yesterday for shots/weight. She's lost another lb. We talked about it again. My vet feels that it's a function of her breed and age, that she's lost another lb. Her exercise level is really moderate. She gets a 10 minute game of fast fetch every morning, and another few minutes in the afternoon. She stops, I think, when her arthritic front feet start to hurt. She takes a steriod, triam something, I can't read the vet's writing, 1.5 mg every 3rd day for her allergies. She also takes Proin for incontinence. Anybody else had any older dogs that just didn't hold their weight? She was practially starved as a young dog, for at least a year, maybe more. When the rescue took her in, she weighed less than 25 lbs. Could her digestive system have been compromised and it's showing up now that she's older? There is a veterinary internist near us I think - would you take her if she were your dog? Sorry to go on and on, and I appreciate whatever input you all might have for us. Ruth n the BC3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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