Q. My Chihuahua is 8 years old and has only had 3 legs since birth and her mother chewed one off. She needs to lose weight and I have tried everything
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. There are specific weight loss/metabolic diets which are very successful in encouraging weight loss if fed to recommended guidelines, whilst still allowing her to feel full and satisfied. It would be helpful to make sure she has no sponsors in the household or neighbors which are limiting her progress in her diet. An appointment with a physiotherapist may be able to outline some exercises suitable for her mobility and current weight and feeding her through a treat ball to encourage activity may also help if she is reluctant or unable to go walking. It is possible there may also be a medical condition such as Cushing or thyroid disease contributing to her weight gain/unsuccessful dieting also and blood tests would be recommended to investigate this alongside other measures of calorie reduction, improved metabolism and an exercise plan.