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Nellie's Weight Loss Progress
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The Rainbow Bridge


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4 July 2022 - 12:36 pm
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We are so happy that Honorary Tripawd and foster dog Nellie found her way to us! She is a terrific, mellow, adult dog around age 8 who has a bad leg from some kind of old injury. 

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Nellie's Weight Loss Journey Begins

We need to help her lose weight. Nellie weighed in at 79 pounds at her first vet check on 6/23. A German Shepherd female should weigh anywhere between 50 and 70 pounds (23 - 32 kg). 

We think she is a beauuutiful dog! But for ease of mobility and long term health, those extra pounds need to come off. So we are starting this topic to document her progress.

Nellie's Current Statistics Are:

  • Waist: 30.5"
  • Girth: 32.5"
  • Weight: 78 lbs

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The vet believes Nellie only needs to lose about 5 pounds. He says she is a bigger boned female Shepherd. But our experience with Tripawds tells us she is better off losing a bit more. We are getting second opinions on her ideal weight in a couple weeks. Nellie will see a rehab therapist and Wyatt's old vet.

Her current vet has approved her daily food intake of:

  • 4.5 ounces dry kibble with some sweet potato
  • and a couple tablespoons of wet meaty food 2x daily so she will take some temporary medications.

We are happy to report that she has lost ONE POUND in 8 days! 

The big challenge with her weight loss is that Nellie's bum leg limits the time and distance of her walks. We hope her rehab therapist has some tips to help her exercise safely to keep the weigh loss coming.

We will keep you posted!

Virginia




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4 July 2022 - 4:37 pm
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YAY!!!!   CONGRATULATIONS  on your One Week Weight  Lossversary😎Look forward to following  this aspect of her journey, as well as always enjoying  pictures of beautiful  Nellie!

Will be interested  to see the varying opinions (if they do vary) from your different  sources who will be checking her out.

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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5 July 2022 - 10:22 am
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Thanks Sally, I'll give her extra smooches for you!

This weekend she has her first rehab appointment, we'll definitely post about how it went.

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16 July 2022 - 2:50 pm
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Nellie had her first rehab appointment last week!  She did really well with therapy, and didn't mind all the attention.

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In fact I think she loved it! 

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Here's what we learned about her weight situation:

Alex of Rogue Canine Rehab (pictured above) did food calculations for us, to help bring her weight down.

  • The amount of food to feed a dog or cat is based on the kcal of the food brand they're eating (or whatever it is you cook for them).
  • All foods are slightly different in their kcal amounts, which is why you should never give a dog food based on cup size alone.
  • A kcal calculator is the best way to figure out how much to feed your dog.

Nellie is currently on Diamond Naturals Adult Lamb and Rice, which is what she ate at the shelter. We are sticking to that but slowly transitioning her to a plant-based food like Wild Earth

  • Based on her current food, to bring her down to an ideal weight of 65 pounds, Nellie should only be eating 1.5 cups of this particular food each day. She can have an additional 69 kcal of food in the form of treats or a meal topper.

We suspect that Nellie is overweight because she was fed too much high calorie people food in her previous life. It's taken her some time to adjust to a kibble diet, and veggies and fruit for snacks, but she's getting there. She isn't begging for food, which is awesome. And she will even eat a carrot now that she's just ever so slightly hungry between meals! 

What we learned from the nutrition side of the rehab consult is this:

  • With the condition of Nellie's leg, long walks, hard exercise and cardio activity are out of the question. She is unable to burn calories that way, but Alex reassured us it's OK. If she doesn't take in more calories than her body requires, she won't need the extra activity to work them off. So the trick is keep her food intake low calorie, and her body will naturally adjust without all that extra work. 

A few days before the rehab visit, I reached out to a board-certified veterinary nutritionist at Whole Pet Provisions.

My goal is to some day cook for Nellie. But I want veterinary guidance before trying it. Whole Pet can do that for us when we are ready to pay for the consultation. It's $500 for the consultant and meal plan, and an additional cost for follow-ups a couple of times a year. The cost was a bit of a surprise to me, I had no idea what to expect. I think that if it's someone's budget, it's a great investment for any dog or cat, especially if they are fighting cancer. Since Nellie isn't fighting cancer, thankfully, we can wait on that consult.

Alex did show us some exercises to see if we can get more extension in that wonky leg of hers. I'll have a blog post about that soon!

Virginia




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16 July 2022 - 9:24 pm
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Nellie sure is a chill gal.  So sweet how she really is loving all  the attention.  

Hope you get some good results  with the diet she's on.  Can't  imagine that you won't  with the  intake amount.

  My goal is to some day cook for Nellie

That's  certainly a good goal. However,  since you are just FOSTERING Nellie,  she'll probably  be adopted out before you ever get to that point.  🤣😉

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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16 July 2022 - 9:40 pm
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With my small dogs the only way I've been able to feed the correct amount is to track calories or kcals.  I have a spreadsheet going that tracks type of food, amount and cal per food.  When I change foods I plug in the new cal numbers to find out how much they are allowed.  I also have a good idea of how many calories a day keep them at a good weight.

I think we have discussed here before but I've never seen a 'recommended amount to feed' that isn't ridiculously high.  If I fed my dogs according to the recommendation on the package they would look like beer kegs smiley4.

I'm in the process now of changing Obie's diet based on the holistic vet's recommendations so I get to play with my spreadsheet!

That's  certainly a good goal. However,  since you are just FOSTERING Nellie,  she'll probably  be adopted out before you ever get to that point.  

Dang Sally, you made me choke on my root beer smiley4

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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2 August 2022 - 11:58 am
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Just saw your response Karen. Would it be possible to share that spreadsheet in Elly's blog?

I think we have discussed here before but I've never seen a 'recommended amount to feed' that isn't ridiculously high.  If I fed my dogs according to the recommendation on the package they would look like beer kegs smiley4.

Agree! Nellie is getting 1.5 cups of food from a brand that recommends 4 - 4.5 cups a day! And she DID look like a beer keg when we got her. She finally looks a little better and you can see her waist now. All that, without having to work out super hard or take long walks. If only we humans could drop pounds as easily!

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17 August 2022 - 3:22 pm
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Just wanted to share a little weight loss celebration for Nellie! 

I thought it was my imagination that she was slimmer. It can be so hard to tell when your dog has lost weight. But she has had more stamina lately, even with all this heat we've had on the west coast, so I wanted to see if she had dropped any pounds. Although we haven't gotten her on a vet scale since July, or measured since 7/4, we took measurements today and this is what we got:

As of Today, Nellie's Current Statistics Are:

  • Waist: 25.5" (was 30.5")
  • Girth: 31" (was 32.5")
  • Weight: Not sure yet. Last time she was 78 lbs.

YAY! smiley_clap

Now if only we humans could lose weight that easily in just over a month! 

Virginia




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18 August 2022 - 1:18 pm
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Way to go Nellie. (and her hoomans)!! Turning  into quite a slim and fit GSD!

A picture of Miss Nellie would make this update even better....hint!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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19 August 2022 - 12:20 pm
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Thanks Sally!

Here she is from this morning. We stopped by an awesome farm store and the first thing she went for was an ostrich knuckle (eeew!). She is not the most food motivated dog but something about it had her chomping like a maniac as soon as we came home.

Virginia




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19 August 2022 - 12:25 pm
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CHOMP!!  CHOMP!!!  So content and focused.  . Interesting  about her choice of bones to chew.  

Nellie is such a pretty gal.💖

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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19 August 2022 - 5:15 pm
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Aww thanks. Yeah and she was really good when we distracted her to take it away. Didn't want her eating the whole thing in one day!

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I think she is just adorable the way she is.  Now Kenzie has too many curves.  I am working on her losing weight but not going so well.  lol

One way Kenzie is like Brownie is if I don't have a treat in my hand they don't listen.  I guess that is my fault.  Lol

I am going to try the dry with sweet potato.  Do you cook the potato?  How did Nellie end up in a shelter?

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

Brownie Bubba Bell

04/01/2007 - 03/05/2020

"March Saint"

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21 August 2022 - 2:55 pm
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I'll tell Nellie you said that!

Yes it is hard to do any kind of training without a food bribe. I save the really high value treats like hot dog bits for when she's doing training, and use fruits and veggies when she's just being a little beggar.

The sweet potato is definitely cooked, you don't want to give raw to pets, it's toxic when uncooked.

Here's Nellie's rescue story with all the deets!
https://tripawd.....wd-nellie/

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