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Old 18-03-2017, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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...I've been attempting to do this for Luna for about 8 years now and sometimes feel we're getting it right but constantly feel like I want to do more.

I keep thinking of ideas that this website is missing (Doggyhut aka Luna-mobile, Back on track coat, aiming for dropped kerbs when out and about, heat pads...) but they are little things and it is still the best website I've found with lots of information on medications and practical ideas in one place that I've seen so thought it worth a share in here for peeps:

https://www.caninearthritis.co.uk/
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Thanks for that -- I've noticed Judy nibbling her joints a lot more recently which I know can be a sign they're in a bit of discomfort.

Took her hydro yesterday and the pool was lovely and warm.
Then, to my absolute disgrace, I weighed her on the digital plate scales - 32KG!!!!
I'm so annoyed at myself, for it is is mainly my fault. She's at least 2KG above the maximum I want her at.
So today a new regime kicked in. Minimal treats on the walk this morning and absolutely no table tit bits. I can't say Jude was too enamored!!!

It's a battle to do your best for them, but I'm sure we all are.

Thanks again for the link.

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I wear out the dry food these two eat on digital scales so find the easiest way of getting them to drop a kilo is to drop the regular amount of food they eat by up to 10% as the titbits and Kongs and training rewards are too precious!
I slosh a mix of just boiled water and cold water on their meals before dishing them up too nowadays to make sure they are getting enough fluids - Tucker doesn't drink much! - and to make it take them longer to eat.
It's been Luna's birthday week this week and I've decided that yummy things are deserved and essential in this week so home cooked bits and bobs have been replacing the dry food some! Back on the scales Monday for her as I am sure all the cheese will have sent her over the 21kg limit!
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Happy Birthday to Luna

We seem to be doing alright at the moment with weight loss.
Very slow but that's to be expected with restricted exercise

Small breakfast today which caused "the look" but made up for with a nice big marrow bone from the butchers

Hopefully we'll hit the 29 Kg mark soon.
21Kg would be a pipe dream!!

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