It’s possible that a dog could slowly gain weight and before you know it, when you go in for your veterinary check up, Juno is several pounds overweight. What do you do? Talk to your veterinarian about an immediate weight loss program and contact the school. We
will work with you and your veterinarian. Consider GEB a guide dog weight watcher support group. This is also a good reason to get those vet check ups. If you need to loosen your dog’s harness belly strap a notch or two that is a red flag your dog may be putting on some pounds. If you haven’t had a vet check up in awhile, schedule one. Remember that your dog is an athlete and like an athlete, needs to stay in top condition. Most veterinarians out there are used to seeing pet dogs, many of which are overweight. This is a good reason to schedule an appointment not long after you go home. Introduce your dog to the people at your vet office. Tell them what your dog’s ideal weight is; which is your dog’s going home or target weight. This target weight is written on the health certificate that you bring home with you and you can give your vet office a copy ofit. Explain to your veterinarian that your dog needs to stay at this weight or very close to it. That way, if Juno does put on a few pounds, your veterinarian already knows what an athletic working guide dog looks like and is prepared to help you work back to that weight.Also remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, or pound of fat in our case. Feed your dogs a good quality dog food and an appropriate amount. We will go
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