Terrible news! We had our annual vet appointment this morning and I was SHAMED and HUMILIATED and JUDGED.
Gave Albie Dog to the vet at the door, he went perkily in without a backward glance (Albie Dog is always very good at the “make new friends” but not so good at the “keep the old” part. A very “out of sight out of mind” kind of dog). And then the vet called me ten minutes later, Albie got all his shots and his trick knee seems to be fine and he has no lumps, but he is UNDERWEIGHT!!!!! He needs to gain 5 pounds!!!!
Food is love, so clearly I am failing to love him enough and everyone knows it. The SHAME!!!!!!
This is worse than a fat dog, right? With a fat dog, at least the vet goes “oh, the owner just loves him too much”. But with a skinny dog, the vet goes “must belong to the Wicked Witch of the West who just cackles and watches him starve”.
Anyway, does anyone have any advice? I asked my friend who has a really fat dog, and she says the key was to have a baby who drops food on the floor all the time, but that may be more trouble than it is worth just to fatten up the dog. She suggested instead just being really really messy when I cook. And also treats.
Which is a problem, because I don’t actually own any dog treats? I just have low calorie chicken-rice food, and zero calorie rawhides. I DON’T LOVE HIM ENOUGH!!!!!
I think I’m gonna start giving him a spoonful of peanut butter with every meal and apologizing.