I need help.
If I don’t fatten up my dog, I’m going to worry myself to death.
I’m looking for high calorie snack ideas. And Koly’s 18 calorie zucchini chips aren’t going to cut it.
The Skinny Dog
Two people who met Honey recently told me she looked thin.
I couldn’t tell. After all, I see her every day.
But I’ve been running my hands over her frame and I looked forward to her annual vet visit to weigh her.
The results are in: Honey has lost almost 5 pounds since her vet exam last year.
The vet wasn’t too worried. Honey’s coat is beautiful. Her ears are clean. Her gums look healthy. She has no bumps or lumps. She’s a happy little girl.
The vet told me to increase her food but everything else looked good.
And so the insanity begins.
The Worrying Person
If you’ve read Something Wagging This Way Comes since the beginning, you might think I’m an optimist. I even wrote about the good side of having a bad dog.
But all that “looking for the bright side crap?” It’s just me trying to retrain my brain from the very dark path it usually takes.
I’ve been worried sick since I left the vet yesterday.
Where does all the food we give Honey go?
I feed her the recommended amount of her food. I take training treats on our walks. I slip her a snack in the middle of the day. I even feed her morsels from my plate.
Of course I immediately think my healthy, beautiful dog must be riddled with cancer. And I start looking for signs that Honey’s not as healthy as she seems.
Shouldn’t she be interrupting my writing to beg for a walk? Did she greet that dog less enthusiastically than before? Is she sleeping more than usual?
Worrying doesn’t help anything. So I’ve devised a plan.
Fattening Up the Dog
I’m devoting June to feeding Honey.
On July 3, I’ll go back to the vet to weigh her. If she hasn’t picked up some weight, I’ll talk to the vet about a more in-depth exam.
I’ll be trolling Tasty Tuesday looking for high calorie recipes. But so many people are worried about their dogs being fat that I despair.
So I’m also asking you. What high calorie treats should I make Honey?
And think carefully. The life you save may be my own.
Your Turn: Have you ever had to help your dog gain weight?
Something Swagging This Way Comes
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