Overweight Aussie Girl
by Russ Mosher
(St Augustine, FL)
Molly Bear @ 7+ yrs - I'm a good girl Daddy, even if I don't fit in Mommy's lap!!
I have a champion blood lines female Black Tri Aussie who (yes I refer to her as if she's a person) is overweight. Her line (a mixture of Caitland Aussies and Lazy L Farms Aussies) seems to run a little big, but I think that at 65 lbs, give or take, that she is too heavy. She will be 9 yrs on July 4th and has been this weight for several years (5-6yrs). We have tried everything we know - primarily Nutro Ultra Weight Management, low calorie night time treat, etc.
We supplement her evening kibbles with a couple table spoons of canned green beans or carrots (low sodium when possible) and fat free low sodium broth and a table spoon or so of Iams tub food. She only gets about 2/3 of a cup of kibble with this.
Breakfast is usually some of said broth, a couple table spoons of 4% cottage cheese and about a cup of kibble.
She does not get nearly enough exercise due to my schecule and the fact my wife can't walk her for health reasons. She gets a couple of 3 1 - 1.5 mile walks a week however. For the last 7 yrs we have lived in a Mfg Home senior community so yards are small.
I just don't know what else I can do. She is a frisbee and any other retrievable toy fiend but her hips bother her now if she plays or runs too hard so most of that is out now.
I need advice on what we can do. Oh, she is fairly tall for an Aussie - maybe 21 inches but is broad and everyone says that she sure doesn't miss any meals does she.