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Trigger's Weight Loss Journey

Trigger’s Weight Loss Journey

By Jessie McDowell

It’s sometimes hard to recognize when your pet is overweight. You see them every day and may not notice the gradual change that takes place in their appearance until you’re standing at the veterinarian’s office, embarrassed. That’s what happened to me and my boxer, Trigger.

When your vet tells you your dog needs to lose around 20 lbs., you want to laugh it off at first. Oh, he’s fine, just a few too many treats, or I don’t want him to be too skinny! The truth is, the weight of your pet directly correlates to their health and ability to be themselves. If I was truthful with myself, I could see that Trigger couldn’t jump in the car as easily as he once could, or he gave up chasing the ball much more quickly than he used to. This was under my control, and I let him down unintentionally.

I had to make the change for him. I sprang into action, buying lower calorie food...

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