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  1. Weight Loss - what is safe rate?

    We are making progress !!!! I had to go to vet to collect meds and Satiety kibble so took Mezza to weigh him. Down to 5.52kgs, ie another 200 grams . He really is a good little boy. I am so relieved as last weigh in was such a downer. Must be the new kitchen scales
  2. Rose Hip Vital - Experiences Please Any Animal

    Well, it has arrived. I tried a little bit with Mezza in bone broth. He licked a bit but seeing his dose is two scoops a day, I would have to feed him about 1000 litres of bone broth to get enough down . Bunter lapped it all up though but he is the one without leg issues .
  3. British bulldog x American staffy

    Scary some of the “advise” new puppy owners are given. Well done for coming on DOL to get sense. As Boronia says: they are dogs not stuffed toys. Dogs will want to be everywhere you are whether indoors or outdoors. Dogs belong with the family and are very socially centred creatures.
  4. Rose Hip Vital - Experiences Please Any Animal

    Or my mashed banana and cream !! I’m looking forward to all of us RUNNING around the block instead of staggering and stopping every few steps.
  5. Rose Hip Vital - Experiences Please Any Animal

    Thanks for all the input. I hope I am in the band of those it helped. @Tassie, good to know abut the refund. I ordered mine directly from RHCV and they have been offering 1/2 price. When you say you have a friend who gives it to her dogs and takes it herself, do you mean the same product (teaspoon for Mezza, teaspoon for me ). I’m up for it as meds have stopped giving me relief from pain in my legs.
  6. Rose Hip Vital - Experiences Please Any Animal

    Oh goodness Doesn’t sound good.
  7. I’ve seen rave reviews about Rose Hip Vital over the years and watching my old dogs, particularly Mezza, struggle to their feet, I’ve decided to give it a try. The order is on its way and I am hoping I will have the doggy version of spring lambs cavorting in the back yard any day now. Both Tamar and Mezza are on meds but poor little Mezza still limps badly. Tamar has nerve damage and her back legs have episodes of going all over the place. She doesn’t appear to be in any pain except for one spot that the vet can find, just that she is wobbly and sometimes if she turns around too quickly or gets to excited she can tumble over. Doesn’t worry her though and she still flies down the back steps like a puppy. Having had leg and back pain myself over the last few years, and having dreadful reaction to some meds (Tramal being oneI can sympathise more with their experience. Who has tried Rose Hip (any animal) and what have been your experiences? I follow a horse rescue group and I think it was on their FB page where I first saw it mentioned in glowing terms.
  8. Please help me make the right decision

    No many I imagine. It was my immediate thought, juice. They’ll do a huge fund raiser and little or nothing will go to the animals.
  9. Weight Loss - what is safe rate?

    Pretty much the diet he is on, Boronia. I’ll just have to accept it will take time. Actually, 4 months isn’t all that long because if we can achieve that weekly loss, even in two months’ time, he should be a lot better. What makes me so mad is that it is all my fault. I’ve always had difficulty with dogs who love their food because my very first experience (and plenty after them) was with dogs for whom food was something they needed to stay alive, just no big deal
  10. Weight Loss - what is safe rate?

    Thanks so much for that link . 1-2% of body weight per week is the suggested loss for dogs and half that for cats. Taking the middle ground of 1.5%, at 5.75kgs Mezza’s weight loss should be 0.086 grams per week!! At that rate, to get to his ideal weight of 4.25kgs, it will take 17 weeks.
  11. Please help me make the right decision

    Hope we hear back.
  12. Weight Loss - what is safe rate?

    I am indeed experimenting with something Mezza enjoys but still keeping the calories down, @Papillon Kisses. I want both things for him: a happy enjoyable life and a well one. I am not rigid with regards to feeding. As I said: "It is absolutely imperative that he loses weight so not doing this for aesthetics !!"
  13. prevent dog from laying under the car

    He is used to being free and I doubt you can do anything about it.
  14. Weight Loss - what is safe rate?

    Yes. Thanks for the tip about turkey. I’ll give it a try.
  15. Weight Loss - what is safe rate?

    Progress has stalled - completely. We had another check up on Monday - three weeks since the last one - and despite all my best efforts, no loss. I was so disappointed, because I have been weighing his food and being very careful. All four dogs are shut in separate areas for meals (breakfast and dinner) and there is never any food left lying around. Once meal time is over, up come the bowls and they are washed. They haven’t been getting any treats and there is nothing until next meal. Mezza doesn’t like the Satiety which I mix with bone broth and about a teaspoon of mince (beef or chicken) but because the bulk of the meal (a whole 20grams !!!) is Satiety, he rarely eats even half. The vet wants to see them all next week, so obviously I will be consulting with her, but in the meantime . . . . . My strategy is that if he doesn’t eat what is perfectly good food and which Bunter loves, he can’t be actually starving. On the other hand, eating is one of life’s pleasures ......... However, should I just keep giving him his meal and if he doesn’t eat it, too bad, he will eventually? It is absolutely imperative that he loses weight so not doing this for aesthetics !!