I have attached a few pictures of Lexi's weight loss progress over the past 3 years, as I was not sure which ones you might prefer. Feel free to crop or edit the pictures if needed.
I adopted Lexi in February of 2020, right before the pandemic became serious and lockdown started. She was listed at a shelter as a 35 lb poodle mix about 7-8 years old under the name Strawberry Shortcake. Newly named Lexi came home and the next day went to Johnson Veterinary for an initial checkup. She was overweight, has allergies, but was overall very happy and healthy. A diet of 1/3 cup dry food twice a day with little treats was implemented along with daily exercise to get her on the track to a better weight. A year later (still stuck in the pandemic), Lexi's diet changed to 1/4 cup twice a day, but treats could be more plentiful as she was in training to become a Therapy Dog and needed the extra encouragement (she is extremely motivated by food) to complete training. At this point, she was about 25-27 lbs. We are now on year 3, Lexi is 20 lbs, healthy, and still on the same diet with healthy treats (such as frozen green beans, frozen broccoli, strawberries, and healthier dog treats). She is rocking a cotton candy look and still loving food, though in the right quantities.
Feel free to edit the story (I might not be exact on the weight checkups but I tried to get close). Let me know of/when you post.
Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.
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