Q. She is over weight and our Vet says she needs to lose 20 pounds we have her on a special diet of food from the Vet by prescription,she is sad now ?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. If she is 20lb overweight she is obviously used to a large amount of rich (tasty) food and such a change in her routine will take some getting use to for her. Obesity is a huge risk for dogs as it is for ourselves and she will be much healthier at an appropriate weight so please do stick with it and she will get used to it and also benefit greatly from it in the future. You can make treats out of some of her daily ration which can help to keep her original routines without affecting her diet; kibble can be ground with a small amount of water and baked on medium oven to make 'cookies' and tinned food can be made into gravy. Many dogs will willingly eat ice cubes as calorie free treats also. Praise her with petting and play as much as food