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A little chubby

After the vet assistant had documented Shelby's temperature, we waited in the room for the vet to arrive. And besides poking around all the little models of different dog diseases, we noticed that on the bottom of the computer screen with Shelby's info, was this message.

Uh oh. Why is there an obesity alert on Shelby's file? When we weighed her, she did gain 1 pound since her last visit despite her increased exercise regimen.

We asked the vet about this, and he was very nice and understanding, however he did officially say that Shelby was "chubby" and that fewer calories couldn't hurt. So maybe Shelby gets a bit less kibble, a bit more exercise, and I guess we have to stop giving her ribs. But the real reason for the visit was for her rabies booster, and kennel cough vaccination.

Here she is in the arms of the vet assistant, getting her rabies booster. She was a champ and rarely puts up a fight when it comes to shots.

Afterwards, Steven took her to the grooming area to get her nails trimmed, where she put up a bigger fight than usual. Apparently, she was still not as bad as most pugs that come to this location. That didn't make Steven feel any better, because he was covered in fur by the time the ordeal was over.

May 11, 2005 | Permalink


oh Shelby...perhaps she needs someone to share her portion of kibbles with.

Posted by: diana | May 11, 2005 7:06:58 AM

The number 1 breed our vet sees is Pugs and his office manager said she's not met one yet who is at an ideal weight. It makes me feel a bit less guilty about having a slightly overweight dog because every other pug in the practice is, too.

Don't stress out over it, just be mindful.

We use a reduced calorie dogfood from Wellness. It's made here in Mass and is good stuff. I don't know if you can get it out your way or not.

Posted by: Lynn | May 11, 2005 7:16:01 AM

Actually we do get Wellness out here, and have been quite pleased. It is good stuff! She's not eating the low-cal version, but we may move to that if reducing the kibble doesn't have enough effect.

Posted by: Winnie | May 11, 2005 7:55:18 AM

All pugs are made different just like humans. Alfred, at 27 pounds, looks amazing and is in the best shape of his life. Holly at 22 pounds is very overweight. We've put her on Nutro Max lite, hopefully in a few months we will have noticed something.

Posted by: alfredsmom | May 11, 2005 9:02:08 AM

hi, I have a Pug "daughter" (as Oprah says) and she is about the same age as Shelby. Her name is Kaia and everyone tells me she is the skinniest Pug they have ever seen. How much does Shelby weigh? I think Kaia is around the breed standard of 15lbs but I haven't had her weighed lately. She loves ham and bacon but I limit those and she eats Nutro. I run with her 5 times a week. I'm lucky she doesn't have any breathing problems and she is very active and loves to play.

Posted by: Claire | May 11, 2005 11:29:19 AM

i have a big boy topping out at 35lbs
but he is "big boned" actually he is a large pug while his "brother" frenchie is at 18lbs he is a little guy........
wellness i have not heard of that brand i wonder if it is here in 'vegas do you get it at a pet store?

Posted by: cynthia | May 11, 2005 4:08:40 PM

Our 15-month-old pug, Barkley, gets 9 hours of exercise a day at doggie daycare, eats the recommended amount of Wellness kibble, and still looks hefty to me at 21.5 pounds. I think Shelby looks perfect!

Posted by: Jen (+ Barkley) | May 11, 2005 5:57:20 PM

I have two pugs...one is 23 lbs, the other 15. Everyone assumes Pugola is eating Grumpy's food, but I supervise. I've eliminated the table scraps and tried the canned Nutro Lite. He wasn't a fan. Now I'm giving him Iams Weight Control and for "treats" I let him eat green beans. Still it's been a couple months and I haven't noticed much of a change. I'm looking forward to following Shelby's progress.

Posted by: Dianna | May 11, 2005 7:55:36 PM

Our 6.5 month old little boy...I mean pug puppy, Buster also gets 10-13 hours of exercise at doggie day care (depending on if his daddy is working at day care that night or not) and eats about 2 cups of Wellness puppy food and about half a scrambled egg in the mornings, and is still a SLIM 13.5 pounds. He is BY FAR the slimest pug we've ever seen! He is VERY happy, and VERY athletic! I hope he stays that way!!!

Posted by: Hillary | May 12, 2005 9:19:27 AM

When my pug was put on steroids to treat a genetic infection, his appetite became ravenous. My vet recommended baby carrots as snacks. my pug was happy with the carrots as they are crunchy and a bit sweet, but best of all, don't contain the extra fat calories. perhaps you can subsitute the baby carrots for the ribs. it'll clean Miss Shelby's teeth, too.

Posted by: diana | May 12, 2005 10:22:38 AM

To correct Hillary, Buster only gets about 1 - 1 1/4 cups of Wellness a day. The egg thing is done behind my back, so I can't comment on that :)....

Posted by: Brian | May 12, 2005 12:52:17 PM

I have 2 pugs a black one and a fawn one - maybe they are just little but our fawn weighs 11 pounds and our black pug weighs about 15. The vet said that they are both perfect in regards to their weight. But he did say that seeing pugs at their ideal weight is extremely rare.

Posted by: Karie | Jul 9, 2008 10:19:25 AM

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