I don’t blame you! Your vet should be ashamed. Tinkerbell is simply big boned and her commanding presence is enhanced by her superior girth. She may be horizontally challenged, but that is not her fault… stupid vet.
I have treated many pets (not yours) that are obese. I have cured animals of diabetes, mobility problems, anal gland impaction and skin issues simply by helping them maintain a healthy waistline. Studies have shown that overweight pets have a shorter life expectancy and are more like to get cancer.
I always recommend that your veterinarian run bloodwork to rule out any underlying causes for weight gain, such as hypothyroidism.
This being done, it’s back to basics. Good food (control the portions if necessary,) exercise, and plenty of fresh water should always be available. Choose a quality pet food that is higher in fiber and protein, but lower in calories. You can give Fido treats, but make them smaller. His reaction will be the same; “Yippee, it’s a treat!”
Trim those nails!
A dog’s nail should be level with the pad of the paw. Active animals in the wild have their nails constantly worn down. My dog is a couch potato. He needs nail trims.
Long nails are susceptible to injuries. Additionally, a long nail will push up on the poor fellow’s toe as he takes each step. This in turn causes a slight shift in weight on the foot, and this can contribute towards sore joints, limping, and a decreased desire to be active. Dog and cat nails are constructed differently than ours. The growing part of the nail, called the quick, is alive with a blood supply and a nerve. This quick is prone to infection and highly painful when cut or exposed. If Fido already has long “skis” attached to his toes, several nail trims, given every 2 – 3 weeks, will be necessary to get the nails back to a healthy length without disturbing this sensitive “quick.” I recommend taking your pet to a good groomer or veterinarian for the nail trim, and they can show you the best way to trim your pet’s nails if you prefer to do it yourself.