I took Tal to the vet today for his annual shots. Kansas requires them yearly and my vet said that is the only reason they recommend annual boosters. Oh well.
Heartwom negative and a healthy fellow! BUT..
You may remember a few weeks ago I mentioned he weighed 101.5 lbs. Even though he doesn't look fat he doesn't have a really clear waist and looking from the side his tummy isn't as "flat" as it should be. So back then I decided to cut back a little on his food.
We weighed him today at the vets and he is down to 99.5 ;D. I asked her about his weight and she said he doesn't look fat but he could stand to lose a few pounds. She recommended getting him down to 90 lbs. She mentioned that studies have shown that they live longer if they are on the lighter side and I was also thinking to myself that lighter weight will be easier on his bones and joints, even though he has a heavy bone structure.
Not only diet change, but since the opressive heat is gone and lower temps are here I have been able to exercise him more, longer walks and such.
Of course I get that "you NEVER feed me look" then he goes and pouts for abit. I'll try a get a pic of that...a look I know we have all seen!
The boys always put on weight in the summer too. When it gets cooler it seems like we are able to get them out and exercise them more. I can't even remember when we last went to the lake
Sounds like an excellent report for Tal!
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Very interesting article.,.,.... I have always thought they should be kept lean, just for the joint issues, let along other health issues....I have always thought of my animals bodies as I would my own body as far as what goes in, and how MUCH goes in...... I'm glad to hear Purina did that research......
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Thanks for the article reference. It makes perfect sense too. I am trying to do everything I can to make sure Tal, and Midnight too, are around for a long time yet. I am hoping Tal makes it to 16 or 17 and Midnight to 20. Tal is 14 months now and Midnight is about 8 - 10 years. I am not sure how old Mindnight really is because she was abandoned and was just hanging around the house I lived in back in Memphis.
Sounds like a good exam. Good boy tal.
Good boy Tal!!!
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