After shedding 20 percent of his body weight at age 10, Adolph is the perfect example of before and after weight loss. He's looking good and feeling fine.
We see a lot of dogs – big and small, young and old. What we also see is healthy and unhealthy dogs. One guarantee – over the long term a fit and trim dog is always healthier and happier, and lives longer than the others.
It was obvious to Adolph's people that he was fat. Even strangers on the street made unsolicited disparaging remarks. Most thought he was cute and wonderful. Everyone thought he was fat. Then his family noticed unusual growths under his armpits. They took him to the vet expecting the worst only to find out that it was fat lumps!
After talking with their veterinarian about ideal weight and counting calories, they switched to a weight-reduction dog food, and cut down on high calorie treats – he could have them, just smaller portions and not a buffet of treats. Like any sustainable people diet, Adolph gradually shed his weight over about a six month time period without having to starve. Now at a lean 42 pounds, he's faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap into the back seat of the car in a single bound.
Until they grow opposable thumbs, you're completely in charge of your dog's food and their weight. Adolph's family recommends that you figure out how many calories your dog needs, then feed only that amount of calories in meals and treats, think about it as a new way of life rather than a diet, and go slowly and monitor your dog's progress. It's about calories for them and discipline for you.