so..... 24 days since we changed willow to the light version of her food. We weighed her at the vets today and she weighed 22.2kg......two weeks ago she was 22.3kg...... and 2 weeks before that she was 22.9 kg So...... she has lost 700 grams in 24 days. my previous thread 'is she losing too much too quick' was obviously just water weight and now she is evening out... I worked out she is losing about 29 grams a day on these figures. Felt slightly overwhelmed in the appt and after...... Willow is a lively little thing so imagine the horror when the vet tells us that by letting her up on the couch and the bed we are enabling her to do those behaviours..... and that obviously we have to weigh out the risk with regards to her hips and letting her do those things and that her hips could become worse by letting her get up. Know I am not completely stupid and obviously realise this..... however, it just made me feel like a bad doggie owner. Willow is a part of our family and I couldn't imagine a life with her where she would stay on the floor all the time..... she enjoys her cuddles. Willow was also quite vocal in the vets today! Not sure why but my husband was tending to her to try and calm her down and the vet just said...... she is acting like that because you are showing her attention.... her enabling her to be like that.... again felt really bad and that this point thinking 'god, what does he think about us'.... normally if we are talking at home and she is trying to get our attention we ignore her and carry on speaking and within a few minutes she is laid down and occupying herself with something else. I think it was just because we couldn't hear him very well so my husband was trying to help in that way. I asked for more advice on appropriate amounts of weight loss and time frame..... to which he said.... well they are like people ...... everyone is different and it's finding what works for her etc yet in the breath he said if she needs a more calorie controlled diet if she isn't losing then prescription food could always be an option. It just all felt stressful..... I burst into tears when I got home. I thought 700 grams over 24 days was ok.... I worked out it is a 25% reduction in food. From his replies I cannot tell whether it's too slow or too fast.