Miss Olive!
Busy day for this beauty and now time for a power snooze.
Today, we did a re-weigh and she is now 62.4 kgs(137.28 pounds). WTG!!!
It has taken us over 8 months for her to slowly/properly lose all of that weight; she had put between September 29th & December 7th. She went from 62 KGs(136.4 pounds) to 78 KGs(171.6 pounds).
The Vet that saw her on December 7th, advised that should her weight not get back on track; after closely evaluating what/how much food/treats she was being given in addition to her moving regime of walks; we should then consider doing a T4 blood test.
This is documented by her Vet in her file and received by text and in addition, a vm was left with BHRR as Miss Olive was in a foster situation. There was also an in-person discussion when Gwen was at the Vet later that day for a Vet apt.
Once we evaluated what she was being fed – we learned that she was getting a lot more in food items than we realised or had advised.
As a palliative Saint due to her extremely poor hips, keeping her lean is of absolute necessity and importance. The concern for her was felt by many. Miss Olive is NOT a surgical candidate and she had been entrusted to our care to do right by her and we remain determined to do so.
She came back to our care on December 12th and since then, we have kept her strictly to the feeding/treat/moving schedule required.
1) She gets her 8 cups of food daily – divided into two meals
2) She eats fantastic all on her own, no hand-feeding or enticing her with supplemental items on her food
3) She gets one Benny Bully treat 2-3 times a week or 3 Mini Zuk’s Rabbit or Salmon treats 2-3 times a week
We then started to even give her some of her kibble as her treats during the day – so less kibble at mealtime – and she responded beautifully.
Miss Olive continues on her Proin for her incontinence and unfortunately, her incontinence has gradually been worsening.
We have had to also increase her NSAIDS plus Gabapentin to help her out.
She remains on her fish-based kibble and anyone would like to consider being her Med/Food Angel for September, donations can be made via PayPal to gwen@birchhaven.org or via email transfer to contactbhrr@gmail.com Her monthly bills are close to $1,000.
Quality of life is our focus, goal and wish for her…..and we are taking it one step at a time to ensure that she lacks for nothing!