granma and doggy

I have a two-years-old spaniel Emmy. I took her to my grandmother house for a month while I had a rest with friends in Los Angeles. I returned three weeks ago and was surprised cause my baby gained almost 10 kg in a month! This is terrible. I saw how difficult it was for her to walk, even to breathe. Thanks my grandma. We went to the doctor who said that he had problems with digestion and of cause obesity. It is necessary to restore the entire digestive system. Doc recommended to buy a probiotic. For more than 2.5 weeks I have been giving it to Emma. It seems to me that she has already lost 4 kg and began to go to the toilet regularly, she isn’t tormented by gases. That’s great, but how can I explain to grandma that she shouldn’t overfeed the dog? I travel a lot and can’t always take Emma with me, what should I do?

6 Комментарии на “granma and doggy
  1. Time to have a serious heart-to-heart talk with gramma! Explain the veterinary treatment Emmy needed from her last visit…

    Then next time, leave gramma a bunch of low-cal, healthy treats she can give the dog

  2. Take Emmy’s food, portioned out for daily feeding and any treats you are happy for her to have, also portioned out.

    Tell her that if this happens again, you can’t leave Emmy with her.

    Tell her how much the vet cost you, and how ill Emmy was.

  3. I live with my grandmother, who is in the early stage of dementia. About 4 months ago I adopted a 4 yr old terrier mix and he’s been an absolute joy to all of us, but especially my Grandma.

    Dementia is a terrible disease and she often has melt-downs where she bangs her head against the wall and threatens to kill herself, and cries about how we all wish she was dead since shes clearly so useless. It’s truly awful to witness, but having the dog around has really helped her. When she starts to flip out about something, someone will “deploy the dog”. She often hugs him and cries to him about how “no one understands us, pups, do they?” Soon shes calm and smiling, playing with the dog, her flip-out forgotten.

    The problem is that she won’t stop feeding him. Whatever is around, she will feed it to the dog. The other day she was feeding him whole cookies she had baked, yesterday I came home to her feeding him a handful of cheezies. He’s caught on quick and now he shadows her and stares at her intently until he gets another snack. I try to tell her no, but she’s forgotten that she just fed him 9 baby carrots so whats the harm in one little carrot? Or a little piece of her pork chop (for the 4th time)?

    My husband and I leave the dog alone with my grandparents while we are at work during the day. I’ve been thinking about keeping him locked in our suite in the basement instead so that Grandma can’t feed him garbage all day…I feel conflicted about this because I know he brings a lot of happiness to her days, but I’m worried about his long term health and can see that he’s gained a bit of weight already. I also feel guilty about leaving him shut in the basement when there are people upstairs that would love to spend some quality time with him.

    • My father suffered from Alzheimer’s. He passed away two years ago and was in a nursing home for a year prior. My, now, 16 year old Boston Terrier lost 17 lbs once my father was no longer living with us… I had absolutely no control over what my dad feed him. I feel for you.

  4. My (m21) grandma (78) is feeding our dog too many treats. She’s also in mental decline which doesn’t make things easier. I tell her only feed our dog x amount of treats a day, but she’ll end up feeding her 4x that much every single day. She agrees to feed her the amount of treats that i say when we talk about it then the next day i’ll catch her giving her loads. I’ll ask whether she forgets about what we talked about or if she remember but just disagrees and doesn’t care and she’ll dodge the question. I’m going to uni this year and going to leave my dog here with her. I don’t know how to stop her over feeding.

  5. Who feeds the dog its meals? If it is getting 4x the amount of treats, why not cut back on the regular food and let it continue? What have you tried other than chastising an old, forgetful woman?

    It’s so rude and classless to hound someone in mental decline about their loss of memory. Do you think your anger will somehow fix the problem?

    So the old person who loves your dog (and I bet the dog loves her), who you’re going to hand your dog off to to go to uni is the problem here?

    If you were such a responsible pet owner you would find a way to take your dog to uni with you, instead you’ll probably only come home and complain about the dog getting too many treats.

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