Wednesday, February 10, 2010

We are back from the vet, and my suspicions were right. Abby is overweight. I took her to the vet in July and at that time she weighed 53.06 lbs. It was summer and she normally loses a little weight in the summer because she gets more exercise and at that time she was actually underweight. Today, she weighed 71.09 lbs, which was even more than I had expected. I noticed that she had put on weight when I got back from Japan in mid-December and have been watching it since then. She has been trimming down and is beginning to look a little bit more like her old self, but she is still a whopping 17 lbs. heavier than she was just seven months ago. But, the vet measured her from the floor to her shoulders and from shoulder blade to shoulder blade and calculated her "ideal" weight, which is right at 65 lbs. So, she is really only about 6 lbs. too heavy. And for a 6 year old, the vet thought she looked pretty good and he said she was in excellent health. Our vet is also the owner of a Golden Retriever and very knowledable about the breed and breed standards and he assured me that we really don't have too much to worry about, but a little more exercise won't hurt.
And these pictures are from today. The previous picture was from the fall of 2007 so really, she hasn't changed that much!

1 comment:

  1. Aww, she's still pretty even with a few extra pounds! Bless her heart!