Lucy Kitty Update and Belle News

Operation convince Lucy to stay out of the basement is going pretty well.  She is content in the front room when the pups are in the house and occasionally has been going upstairs to hang out on the steps.  She is vocal again and enjoys telling us about her day when the pups are in their pup pen. She even kept me company yesterday while I was taking a bath. All behaviors that she used to show us so I think we are on the right track.

The best news of all, yesterday I forgot to close the door to the basement and sure enough she went down to the basement, I was sad about this and was kicking myself that I had forgotten to close the door when low and behold up she comes from the basement.   We are making headway!

In Belle news I posted on the Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties Facebook Page that Bonnie and Belle had their annual vet visit and Bonnie weighed in at 63 lbs. and was healthy as could be.  Belle weighed in at 76 lbs. and has the beginnings of another ear infection.   We found out that dogs that have been spade tend to put on weight as they don’t use up energy dealing with those pesky hormones that none spade dogs do.  So we are to cut her food intake down to help her lose the 5-10 lbs. that will help her be healthier, especially important since she has hip dysplasia, and give her back her “tuck” in her tummy.

Luckily she already eats in the dining room while Bonnie and Bess eat in the kitchen so we simply put up a child gate in the doorway between the dining room and kitchen until all three pups are finished eating.  The dr. wasn’t worried about the training treats we give the pups.

The vet also told me about a study Purina did following dogs throughout their lives and it was discovered that on a scale from 1 being all bone to 9 being the fattest a dog can be, the new optimal number is 3-4 instead of 5.  If a dog is slightly on the thin side they are living up to 2 years longer than the rest.  Although our vet  stressed instead of numbers to look for a rib cage you can feel but not see, a backbone you can feel but not see and never should you see a dog’s hip bones.  The tummy tuck is when you look down on a dog’s back and it slightly tapers in by their tummy. So we are on a new quest to help our Belle retain her girlish figure.

I appreciate our veterinary clinic and our vet for taking the time to answer our questions so we can better help our pup. Oh and yep she is back on ear drops for that pesky ear infection.

That’s all for now. Have a happy Sunday everyone!

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3 responses »

  1. Tell Belle there is good news, what Mom is calling the green bean diet. I got my girlish figure back after just a couple of months of her substituting canned green beans – and sometimes canned carrots – with the juice on top of my kibble. It replaced the canned food she used to put on my kibble. And I love it so much I lick my bowl clean! For snacks I get fresh green beans. I was so worried about this diet but I love it! My new vet told Mom to also give me blueberries but we are going to have to wait til spring for that treat, as they are currently cost-prohibitive, Mom says. P.S. Kismet recommends only frozen green beans, but I love them all. Oh, and be sure to get the canned beans that say NO SALT ADDED.

    • Lexi, thank you and your Mom for sharing about your green bean diet. I’ll let Belle know and we’ll give the green beans a try. Congratulations on getting your girlish figure back! I’m glad your Mom found the green bean diet and that you like them so much 🙂 thanks again, love and cuddles

  2. Hi!

    — Just saw your blog. Actually, I was glad to see that Lucy came up on her own from the basement. Now, you won’t have to wonder about whether she can have free reign down there. She is at peace with you and Greg for sure.
    Poor Belle — on a diet — and those ears. Life is full of little irritants, I wonder what would happen if humans maintained a stricter diet — food is to much fun!!!!

    Take care of Belle’s ears and take care of yourselves. See you all soon!
    Carolyn

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