|Barked: Mon May 16, '11 7:08pm PST |
|I have made a few posts about about how Angel had gotten a little chunky (about 5 pounds over), and we have been trying to get it off.
It didn't even occur to me that it could have been his steriods until I told the vet that I was worried about his weight, and she said "for him being on steroids he looks really good!"
He has been getting about 75% of his normal food intake for about three months now, and his weight has still creeped up another pound during that time.
I want to keep him at a healthy weight, but I don't know if I want to cut him down to 50%. I'm definitely upping his exercise, going to shoot for at least 4 hours a day. (Winter slump brought it down to 2-3, so that probably was part of the reason for his gain too.)
Is weight gain on steroids inevitable, or can I get it off? I'm worried I'll harm his health if I cut his food and increase his exercise too drastically. Would it be healthier just to let his weight go until he's weaned off the steroids then just let it come off with a less drastic exercise/diet plan?
I'm also confused about HOW he's gaining the weight with this food decrease. I've always been under the impression that steroids weight gain was due to appetite increase, but I have been controlling his food. (Unless the other half is sneaking him more food, which I HAVE seen him do a couple times, with the whole "But he's HUNGRY!" routine -_-) Does it also mess with your metabolism?
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