|Barked: Mon Jan 21, '13 3:52am PST |
|Thank you for all the help, everyone. (:
Zephyr, Lobo has been losing inches around his waist since the first day I brought him into the "new" vet. She told me then and there that he was overweight and needed to be worked on. The most recent time I brought him in, she was happy with his progress, despite the fact that he's GAINING weight.
I talked with others who work out a lot, and I've been told that running(which is what Lobo does for primary exercise), builds muscle, and muscle weighs more than fat. So I'm not worried that he necessarily WEIGHS more, as he is losing fat.
However, I'm worried that the weight, even though it's muscle-weight, could also be hurting him. If that's the case, then it means no more running for Lobo.
I also have more information on his hips, based on my own observations since I posted this thread:
He actually seems to feel BETTER after running or after a very long walk/hike. Yesterday, however, he was very clearly tired, but he was not limping. (Yesterday, we walked for about two hours, and several hours later, we went to the park where he ran/jogged/trotted - never actually slowing to walk except to mark - for about an hour and a half. The day before, he had only had about two hours of exercise - running/jogging and walking.)
He seems to be more sore after laying down for an extended period of time. When he gets up is when he limps, but typically only for a few steps before he begins to walk normally again.
He doesn't seem to want to jump into the car, and seems to have trouble getting into the car. He is not hesitant to jump out of the car, and it does not seem to bother him to do so.
Keep in mind, however, that Lobo can be fairly difficult to read. He's more stoic and his expressions are usually so fleeting that I can't see them. When I say it doesn't seem to hurt/bother him, I mean that he doesn't limp afterward, and is enthusiastic to continue walking.
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