Tanner has a new diet plan! We spent a bit of time at the vet on Monday asking questions about his weight and trying to devise a plan to help him lose weight. Tanner currently weighs 19 lbs 14 oz. He is abundantly obese! The vet would like to see him down to 15 pounds...so he needs to lose almost a quarter of his body weight.
Here is the plan...Tanner needs about 250 kcals a day. He will be getting two cans of the Royal Canin Calorie Control food a day for a total of 200 kcals. He can then have a scant more than 1/8th of a cup of RC Calorie Control dry food. This dry food will be placed in a egg toy and placed in a different location each day. Tanner will have to 1) walk to find the egg, and then 2) work to remove the food.
We are slowly transitioning over to this much canned food, so it doesn't upset his stomach.
I gave him a can yesterday and he enjoyed it and gobbled it right up! He's never been one to shy away from new foods.
We are to continue to weigh him weekly and report back to the vet mid-August.
Fingers crossed this plan will help him. I certainly don't want him to become diabetic and I know as he ages, we are pushing our luck. I also don't want him to blow a knee out or something jumping with that extra weight.
We have also started him on the Adequan injections for arthritis. Smokey and Cousin Sophie take this every two weeks and it has helped tremendously. We are hoping this will help him to feel better and therefore he will want to move more.
We'll keep you posted his progress and would appreciate some serious "thin" thoughts coming our way!