Thank you all so much for your responses. I agree, the weight has to come off, poor girl. I did find how the vet put it in perspective interesting though: he said a pound to a Chihuahua is like him losing fifty, so it's pretty significant. I guess just because they are so small to begin with, it's not as easy to see the "overweight" factor as with a larger dog.
First I have to say it's so good to see you here again!!!! How is Bruce? I think about him alot. What a trooper.
So Lola has gained some weight, huh?! I would just work on getting the weight off slowly. Many have used the green bean diet (adding it to the kibble for fiber and to aid in feeling full with very few calories) and have had great success with it. You could probably find threads with a search, there's been lots of talk on it.
Good to see you too and so many other friends old and new and all lovers of Chi!
Yeah, my Lola girl has become overweight, and really I think I'm pretty sure I know how it happened and it actually correlates with Bruce! In my attempts to provide nourishment in a myriad of ways to Bruce, Lola has been coming along for the ride...finishing his food, taking advantage of the free fed kibble, getting in on extra treats. Shame on me for not balancing that better. In my quest to get one to gain weight, I overindulged the other! BUT, the new weight loss plan is in effect, and although she seemed to put up a pout over the kibble not being a 24 hour amenity, she's adjusting. And, I actually have already started "filling" her wet food portions with green beans and that seems to satisfy her. Luckily the girl will eat anything (including veggies) so we have that on our side! She is also a great walker, so motivated and well behaved (total opposite of spasmodic Bruce!) so she and I will get fit together!
For a quick Brucie update...He's still hanging in there like the trooper he is, he still has bad days but more good than bad and very recent blood work came back excellent! He turned 3 in December and when I met up with the vet he saw as a pup he remarked how great Bruce was doing and how he hadn't expected him to make it past age 1! These days the biggest challenge is finding/cooking healthy food for him that he'll actually eat for longer than a week or two! Next up for Bruce is a colonoscopy that will reveal his poo problems hopefully, but other than that he's still my lovin' boy who is attached permanently to my hip...and I love every minute of it!!!
Thanks again all, you are so great, and I'll keep posted about miss lola!