Well, we have a bugg problem.
Over the last six months to a year, our little Dixie Bugg has put on the pounds. Three, to be exact.
She was 18 lbs at her last annual visit (healthy for her size) and is now a scale-crushing 21 lbs! Three pounds isn’t huge for us, but that’s the equivalent of a 180 pound person gaining 30 pounds. Not fun!
(The vet tech who weighed her said “that’s, like, a 40 percent gain!” and I quickly realized numbers weren’t her strong suite. It’s just under 17%.)
LOOK AT THAT GUT!
I dreaded this appointment though. We felt that Bugg was getting heavier- we had to grunt every time we picked her up. She felt more solid and hefty. Her back turned into the patented fat pug “flat back.” We both wondered/worried since her activity level and food intake hadn’t changed.
Then Big Daddy brought up his childhood chihuahua, Chica, who “got fat” except really she had a tumor in her abdomen. They finally figured it out and she was gone not long after. One of those reasons you need to bring a dog to the vet when they have any changes! When I called to find out what kind of appointment to make, the vet compared waiting a month with a dog to waiting a year with a human- tumors grow fast and furious with dogs. I should know- and this was on my mind- due to Dixie’s multiple tumors. (You can read about the most recent one here, here, or here… it was really rough on her.)
So the vet recommended a senior well check visit, which was the normal exam plus x-rays and blood/feces/urine checks. I’ve never been more nervous to get x-rays back. This was, delightfully, the first major appointment for her that didn’t end with something having to be removed. We were so pleased to find out that besides her being chunky and needing her dental cleaning yearly now, she is doing just fine. (The other tests have since come back normal too.) They put her on a special diet food, and put B on a strict “no table scraps” rule as well. Someone is a little heavy handed with the Cheez-its!
We did find out that Dixie has arthritis though. Which is crazy, because she has shown no signs of slowing down. Regardless, we’re looking into the best way to help her joints, thinking about Dasuquin or Cosequin, or maybe some at home remedies at first. Any arthritic pet owners have any advice?
Something I’ve never talked about on here that’s really helped us with our pugs is PetCareRX. I’ve been so happy with them and really should share so you pet owners can save some buckaroos too.
We used to buy our flea/heartworm meds and prescriptions at our vet, but the pricing is a bit rough, and now in Orlando our vet is further away. When we moved we switched the pugs to a crazier flea/tick/heartworm med that works better in this climate, called Trifexis. And then our vet stopped carrying it (they have their own “store brand” basically now.) I was really happy with Trifexis, so in looking for a place to order it I discovered PetCareRX. You can order pet food and medications online, even prescription (they send to your vet for approval.) And I always get coupon codes, rewards, points with purchase, and other goodies. I’m able to get the Trifexis a lot cheaper than I did from my vet, and delivered right to my home. You also get points for referring new customers- so feel free to use my referral link! Using that link to order gets you $10 off your order of $35 or more. Just my way of sharing something I love, win/win!
I feel relieved that we got Dixie’s health concerns checked out and that she’s doing pretty great. Maybe she should do weight loss posts while I’m gaining preggo pounds! Should we sign her up for My Fitness Pal? Maybe she should write a post for Double Chin Diary, Alyssa and April? Maybe a weighted bugg sized hula hoop? Let me know how you think Bugg should work the pounds off!