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Lizzie, my four-year-old Norfolk Terrier, who is in excellent health conditions, needs to lose a little weight in the next couple of days to a week. I study in the north of Spain and am traveling to the US for a month, for summer courses. Her usual weight is around 6,3kg (13.89lbs), but due to some extraordinary circumstances, she now weighs 7,2kg (15.87lbs). Norfolk Terriers are known for being a bit gluttonous. My problem is that we fly to NYC next week and the airline allows pets in cabin as long as they weigh no more than 8kg, including their carrier. The carrier she loves the most weighs around 1,8kg (4lbs), although I have a much lighter one. This all happened because I had to go to hospital for a week and a half, very unexpectedly, and Lizzie stayed at her vet’s home: she and her husband adore Lizzie and they’ve got other furry friends to play with. But that also means Lizzie would steal their food and eat leftovers.

I have weight loss food and I can take her out for some extra exercise, but the high temperatures sort of limit the times of day I can take her out. Plus, I think, according to my records, it might be that time of the year for her soon, so she’s been a little more sedentary.

I don’t want to do anything that is not healthy for Lizzie but she needs to shed a bit of the weight she put on, ASAP! If anyone has any ideas I would really appreciate it, and so would Lizzie! Thanks!
 

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Cutting back on food isn't going to make much difference in just a week. I'd try to find a lighter weight carrier that suits her needs.
 

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So if I understand you correctly, you're saying you want the dog to drop from 7.2 to 6.3 kg in a few days?

To draw a comparison, this would be like asking a 100kg man to lose 13kg in a few days.

I think you are going to need to adjust your expectations.

Believe it or not you can negotiate stuff like this. My suggestion would be to contact the airline and explain to them that your dog is going to be 1kg over the limit but that you would like them to waive the weight limit.

You will need to lead with something like the following: (this stuff really works if you're not feeling too frantic about it provided you have some social skills and a bit of a poker face).

"You're not going to like what I'm about to ask you for". "you may think I"m being unreasonable to ask this and you would be right".

"The problem is, my dog is flying the NY with me on XXX date and I need him to be in the cabin with me even though he's 1kg over the weight limit". "is it possible to make an exception in this case?"

(wait for what they say). If you start like this it may end right there with them agreeing that 1kg isn't too much and an exception can be made.

If they say "no exceptions" or any variation on that then repeat back what they said to you and the decline it. For example, if they say, "We don't make exceptions". You then say, "no exceptions... I'm sorry, but how can I do that".

(The HOW question is key because when you get to this point you have asked THEM to solve your problem and 9 times out of 10 they will offer you a solution. )

If they offer any solution other than what you want, keep repeating things like "

"I"m sorry, I just can't do that"
"I'm sorry but I can't do that to my dog"
"I'm sorry but that just doesn't work"
"I'm sorry but can you offer me any other alternative"

again more often then not this approach will end with them offering some acceptable alternative.

You may end up not getting to an agreement with them but trying this will be your best shot given that your dog is highly unlikely to lose 14% of his body weight in a few days.
 
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