Weight Loss and Energy Gain for Old Dog
(San Diego, CA)
Hello! Meet Ollie, the old mutt, with an estimated age of 10-11 years old. He weighs 63 pounds and can stand to lose about 5-10 pounds.
He is a very low energy dog. Most mornings he does not want to go on his walks, and it's not until about 5 PM each day that he really wakes up and is interested in going out and exploring. I believe he has very low metabolism due to his inactivity.
I have tried multiple dog foods: Science Diet Adult Longevity, Hill Prescription J/D, Wellness Core Weight Management, and now he's eating Orijen Senior.
I only give him about 700 calories a day, and does not seem overly hungry, but as mentioned, he's also very inactive. I have considered feeding him more, which I think might increase his energy but also add to his weight.
It's kind of a Catch-22, he doesn't eat a whole lot because I want him to lose weight but I can't get him to exercise to get the weight to come off because he is always so tired.
He does have joint / arthritic issues, and for that he is on Dasuquin, fish oil, and Deramaxx. I feel that his inactivity is due more to his low energy levels than his arthritis.
The vet looked at all his blood levels, checked his thyroid, and everything seems to be fine there. Oh, also, he used to wag his tail all the time, but now he never does.
My question is, how I can get him to lose weight and increase energy so he can enjoy his remaining days?
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