Ever watch that reality show, The Biggest Loser?
We’re thinking of starting such a reality show here at our practice.
We can start with Amy, who was our first patient of the day today. Amy is a Dachshund who has had a weight problem for quite some time. We had started her on Hills Prescription Diet r/d (reducing diet) late last year, but she switched to a “light” dog food product and gained another five pounds.
Now, that may not sound like much, but five pounds is 20% of her 25 pound body weight.
And Amy’s goal weight is ten pounds! That means Amy weighs 2 ½ times what she should weigh.
So, let’s make a comparison. I weigh about 200 pounds. If I weighed 2 ½ times what I should weigh, I would weigh 450 pounds!
That would get me my own reality show!
We all know the risks and damage that obesity does. We hear it every day because we’re a nation of obese people.
The same risks apply to our pets: diabetes, kidney failure, back pain, arthritis, immune system problems, etc.
Let’s treat our pets the way they deserve to be treated. Let’s feed them healthy food in healthy am0unts.
They are, after all, our best friends and family.
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph