A dog on a diet is a terrible thing
We are very careful because he is inclined to gain weight and with all of his fur it is hard to tell - the vet definitely has to feel his ribs. He lives to eat and can count. The only way is to reduce his kibble and that is what we did.
He had gained 3 lbs. and was put on a diet. The vet weighed him and he had gained another 1.5 lbs. I was horrified because I was 100% certain he would have lost at least a bit of weight.
We have now slightly increased his kibble - but I will be paying close attention to his weight. There is of course the chance that he has lost the weight due to another issue which has not yet presented itself.
Until recently we fully expected that he would live to be around 19 (many of his breed do) - while others live only to be 14. We are now looking at age 14 as is our vet. He is healthy otherwise - well he appears to be.
Tomorrow is Cartrophen shot day - I dread it. I bribe him with blueberries. Not the best in terms of natural sugar content I know, but he loves them and stays focused on them. His arthritis was most definitely sudden onset - as noted by others who know him. He is great post his Cartrophen shot though.
Meanwhile the humans continue to go to the fridge! He gives us the "look". But since his groomer is behind our vet clinic - same entrance - we can't have an obese dog. He is worse than our hounds were when it comes to food and they were serious hoovers.