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When our beloved Burt came to live with us, he had lived with at least two other families. He was a middle-aged, rotund, corgi with eyes that melted hearts and enough love for the whole world. We inherited “Angel Dog” from our parents who had loved him by joyously treating him to donuts and cookies whenever he begged. Although they had all enjoyed the begging and feeding routine, Burt’s health was seriously affected. His teeth were dangerously in need of attention, but more frightening was the day he collapsed in the yard screaming. Knowing it was his back; we carefully placed him on a board and transported him to the clinic.
We were terrified that this was the end of Burt’s life. We ran tests and treated him for pain and inflammation. The doctors believed with cage-rest, diet, and physical therapy he just might survive. We decided to change our lives for Burt. When he came home, we replaced the begging-feeding interaction with mild activity. Burt went for short walks several times a day, loving every minute. We gradually settled on a schedule of one short morning walk and one afternoon walk of one mile. We placed his kibble in plastic soft drink bottles on the patio and let him work to get it out. We placed food in different locations in the house and let him search for it. We practiced sitting, fetching, come and stay before he was fed and of course we placed him on restricted calorie food. Treats became diet treats and baby carrots.
Burt lived for five more years and passed away peacefully in his bed one night with no more pain. He remains one of our dearest friends, because he was an angel and because we spent so much time interacting with him.
Controlling weight is the easiest, least expensive, and happiest way to extend a pet’s life. Yes, we said “happiest”. Begging isn’t a sign of hunger; it’s a way to interact with humans. It can be replaced with other activities that you and your pet enjoy.
If you cannot see your dog or cat’s waist, call us for help with diet, medication and easy activities. Plump is not pleasing; it is dangerous.