My sweet, plump furbaby got a poor report from the vet on her last visit. She has a heart murmur and she’s a tad overweight. Those two things don’t go together if I want her to have a long healthy life. I did some research and looked for the best food for an older dog with a heart condition. Changing foods is no fun but it had to be done.
I decided to hit up the local Tractor Supply store, since I know they carry some of the premium options that I was trying to choose between.
It felt like I had a million options and in reality it was only four.
The sad state of a doggie diet:
1. They probably won’t like the change.
She seemed to love Blue Diamond but that was a false positive. It was NEW. I was tricked and on the first opportunity I didn’t monitor yard time she was eating scraps thrown out by the neighbor like a junkie getting her fix. Her belly was so distended I immediately pulled out some pumpkin from the freezer to defrost. It helps the bloat and gets her to poop.
For my dog it was about foods that would help with the heart murmur issue, so high protein and grain free. I tried Blue Diamond and it was good but she got to where she didn’t seem to want to eat it. Her pooping was off the charts. No diarrhea but she went every time I let her out. So above normal. Just what you wanted to read about I’m sure.
This go around I bought A Taste of the Wild salmon flavored. She turned her nose up in the beginning and the gas.
She could slay me with her toots.
I’m about halfway through the small bag and her gut has settled down. I have to watch for scavenger behavior during yard time. She has no remorse for her bad choices. All those memes about dieting are for my dog.
2. They cheat on their diets.
If it’s on the table, thrown in a yard, on my plate or even my coffee – it’s fair game. I’ve been stared down for my food. The harassment can go from big sad eyes to the full court press of barking to let me know I should give her some. Umm no she’s on a diet! That excuse doesn’t work for her.
The ironic thing is I’m also doing a healthy change with food and I know I cheat. She knows I cheat. How do I know she knows you ask. Because I get the look…the look that says I know that tastes good and you should give me some. I’m sure it’s my own guilt creating that assumed doggie knowledge but she’s really good with the look. Survival of the fittest or the one that can employ the most pitiful looks. Darwin didn’t take those into account when he was on Galapagos.
This little angel stole Christmas candy from my son’s room. He thought it was in a high enough location she couldn’t reach. Nothing is to great for this Houdini!
3. They eventually lose some weight despite the cheating.
In a months time the change has been noticeable. She went from lethargic and hardly ever chasing a squirrel to actually doing a jog around the yard. It’s like she has pep in her step and attitude to go with it. Her eyesight seems to be improved. I can give a command and point at the squirrel and she sees it. Before she would look around like she wasn’t sure what I was talking about. Same command so it’s not me. She runs and doesn’t get winded right away. She still has a heart murmur, but I’m trying to decrease the impact on her longevity and improve her quality of life.
Where are we now in the life change aka doggie diet?
Still guarding my plate and cup from her intense regard while I eat. A moment of weakness or lack of attention could result in the loss of a meal for myself. Rigid control is necessary when I’m dealing with the look…hard to withstand the cuteness for long. Avoid eye contact for as long as possible – it’s a key to not giving in to her demands. I’m on guard for a scam since she’s a little con artist. She can open backpack zippers, dig into unattended bags or purses, snatch items right off the table, begs strangers and family members. She has no shame.
She had a life change against her will but in the long run it’s worth it. Her health is improved, and I get to experience all the attitude of a sassy furbaby. The attitude of a dog on a diet!
May you have a healthy year!
☆Please note this was a decision I made for my dog. I didn’t consult the vet before changing food, but I know her condition and did my reaearch. If your dog has a similar condition you may want to consult your vet first.