Monday, March 17, 2014
Jackal is on a diet....
Okay, so I took Jackal to get his rabies vaccine (it wasn't due until May, but he got in a scuffle with a raccoon so I decided to go ahead and get it, he's fine by the way) and they weighed him.... SIXTY THREE pounds!!!!! What the heck?? I shouldn't make excuses, but I'm going to anyway... with Storm being sick and me never sleeping because of it, moving, building the house, me getting injured, the horrible winter weather, etc. I just haven't been doing much exercise with him, but I didn't realize it was that bad. The vet said on his records that he was 45 pounds for a long time, so he's almost twenty pounds overweight. That's like a human being 200 pounds over weight.. every pound overweight on our dogs is like ten pounds on us. I feel awful for letting his weight get so out of control. :( I guess I was as blind to his weight gain as I was to Storm's aging...
I've always given my dogs pieces of what I'm eating (if it's not dangerous or unhealthy), but my grandmother has been giving him snacks (even though I told her not to... oh and it's cat food of all things grr) and he also cleans up the dog food my mom's dog leaves behind (he scatters his food all over the floor so it gets under and behind things and Jackal can find anything), so he's been getting considerably more calories than he's supposed to. :(
So as of right now Jackal gets ZERO snacks, treats or human food. All he gets is his raw diet. And we have to start walking every single day again... the vet said no chasing things, jumping, etc. or he could blow out his knee, so right now it's very short walks. I'm actually thinking of doing the Couch to 5k with him since I'm around ten to fifteen pounds overweight myself, but I'll see what he's up to. I don't want to overdo it with the warmer weather coming.
Anyway I'll keep you guys updated on how his (or our) weight loss goes. I'll post pictures of him on here to keep my motivation up. :)
P.S. This was his first time visiting our new vet and he liked him. He found all of Jackal's itchy, ticklish spots hehe. :D