I found it incredibly interesting that there are some estimations made that 60% of our pets are overweight, but 50% of the owners of those pets refuse to admit it. I'd presume those same people aren't doing anything about it.
My vet told me when Bowen had reached a point when he didn't need to gain any more weight (he weighed 62 lbs). He wasn't 'fat' yet but if he gained any more weight... I could still feel his ribs, and didn't know he'd gained that much weight. I am not comfortable with him over 60 lbs at all, and we started giving him specific amounts of food every day, instead of 'guestimating' that he was getting 'around 2 cups, maybe a lil more'. So now he gets 1 measured dry cup of food in the morning, 1 in the evening, and he's down to 58 lbs.
I have a friend who's cat is HUGELY fat. I mean insanely so. He says it's mostly fur and skin... um No. If hte cat's belly dangles down to where it's about 2 or 3 inches off the floor, and his sides bulge out 2-3 inches on each side past shoulders looking straight down at him from above, he's not fluffy, he's not got loose skin, he's freaking obese.
So my challenge for you is this. Take an honest look at your pets and answer this question.
Is your pet overweight? And more importantly, do you love your pet enough to do something about it? Has the vet ever told you that your pet could stand to loose some weight? And how did you respond, both verbally, and with your feeding of your pet at home?
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Well, take a look at the average american. If all these americans are fat and not doing anything about it, what do we expect their pets to look like? People are down right lazy!
Riley used to be overweight, even though we exercised everyday. Since we have switched to the raw diet I am better able to keep track of his food and calorie intake and can adjust his meals however I wish. I have seen great improvement and all 3 dogs holding steady, healthy, weights.
That seems very backwards, that you can keep track of feeding Riley better now that you are feeding raw? I personally can't think of anything easier than using a measuring cup to measure out the food, and reduce it if the dog in question is gaining weight or is arleady overweight.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
I find raw diet alot easier. When I fed Riley less on kibble, he was acting like he was starving. If I overfed, well obviously, he got fat. On the raw diet I give him a pound a day, and he is completely satisfied. He is holding a healthy weight as said by his vet.
If we haven't exercised as much on a paticular day, I'll give him a little less than a pound. On days we do more exercise than usual, he'll get a raw egg or some beef tripe added. And then there are gorge meals, he will eat a few pounds and then nothing the next day. On raw you can take a weeks worth of food and divide it into 3-4 meals instead of 7 which is easy.
Mine are all free fed. The Breed standard for the Frenchies is 22-28 pounds. Mine are all between 22-23 pounds. They are all muscle and no fat. Our vet was impressed with how healthy they are for their breed.
My parents have two yorkie mixes. Wodie looks fine, but Babe is so fat that she waddles when she walks. They are both elderly dogs. My parents think its cute, but i think its very unhealthy and they need to cut down on all the extra "treats" between mealtimes. My dad is bad for sharing his food. My dad even lets them up on the table and eat from his plate. My sister is staying with them now and she had a coronary when she saw that. She is working on my parents to cut back on all the food they are getting. Hopefully she can talk some sense into them. I am worried for Babe, she looks SO uncomfortable.
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I don't see how people let their pets get into such condition, personally, and then go on about how much they love their pets. Yeah... love them to death. :P Is it just me or are fat pets more common in multipet households? Like the people who have 2 cats, and one is normal and the other is incredibly fat because he eats from the first cat's dish. Or who have 3 dogs, and one is huge and the other 2 are normal weight.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
I don't have a sigle overweight dog here. If anyone seems to be getting a bit chubby, there food is immediately reduced. Not much of a problem with very active terriers. It is actually in my puppy contract, that you must keep your dog in the correct weight for height, or else you could risk loosing your dog. Obesity is dangerous for our pets as well as for us humans.
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Baxter was getting fat at one time - he was about 35 lbs - we reduced the amount of food that he gets to 1/2 in the am and another half cup in the pm. He goes on longer walks than usual too. He's now at about 32 lbs and he looks so much better. The vet says he's ok where he is now.
I know that 3 lbs don't seem like much but on him it made a huge difference.
I think that pet owners need to watch their dogs food intake carefully and they also need to just look at their pets and see how they look.
Bax tends to put on weight really quickly so I know that I need to be extra careful with him.
Lila is at about 50 lbs now - she's about 6 1/2 months old and she looks thin. Thanks to my vet and a lot of you here - I know that that's how she's supposed to look at this age and that i'm feeding her the appropriate amount for her age and breed(s).
I agree - people with fat pets are just plain lazy.
I dont have any over weight dogs either... now here's a flip side to this.... and just my own experience and opinion based on MY breed...
My clients are not only educated on genetics and size and how it all fits together, they are forewarned at pick up they will eventually be told by their vet "your dog is too heavy"!! They are asked to please contact me with pictures because 99% of the time the vet is WRONG. Why??? Because the vet does not ask about genetics, size of parents, blood lines or anything else. They go by a general scale one way or another. The pups grow into very large bone/substance pups and dogs and vets are not used to it. Sure, every now and then a vet is right and a dog is actually over weight (or under as the case may be) and we adjust. I do think there is something to be said about genetics, ownership, responsibility, and how it all plays into each other's hand. But I have to say this is sincerely one of the biggest issues I have with clients as pet owners; vet's saying too heavy and clearly they are not.
I've always thought my golden was very healthy - looking as far as weight. AKC says 65-75 and Scout is 72. I'm not sure about my other two. I don't know their weights exactly. My lab is a mix so I can't really judge on weight and her body is kind of built weird. Her structure kind of reminds me of a greyhound in a way because her chest sticks out a lot. If you feel her chest you don't feel any extra fat or anything and from the top it doesn't stick out to the sides so I believe she is a healthy weight. My Beagle used to be a little skinny when we first found her and then a little overweight when she got used to a diet and now she has lost the extra weight again since we've figured out how much to feed her. She looks like she is of a healthy weight too but it is a little hard to determine. She's the toughest to determine out of them all. Since we have no history of who bred her I don't know what kind of standard they were going for. I don't think she was bred to an AKC standard ( I'm sure whoever "bred" her wasn't breeding her for much of a purpose but I don't know for sure since she's not a bad looking beagle; that's what makes it hard) so that could probably make a difference, right?
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Yeah! Look at the average american! All of the McDonalds crap with five gallons of greese and fat in one little burger. People think they are making their pets happy,but they are really tortueing them by making them fat and giving them health problems. They are just eating, and eating,and eating,and eating,and eating,and eating, and still eating!
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nope, my dogs are both at good weights. they are active and i don't feed table scraps EVER. just same amt. of dry food everyday. i think table scraps and over feeding has a lot to do with obesity in pets. i'd bet though that table scraps is the number 1 reason pets get fat.
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None of mine are overweight. Carol's dog, on the other hand, is a totally different story. I've yelled at her and told her that if I were to be as proportionally overweight as her 2 girls, I'd weigh in at over 350! I keep telling her that as my doctor, she would be having a hissy fit. She agrees, then continues to share her meals with them. Meanwhile, the girls as "wide loads" and Carol is getting FAR too skinny!
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I really have to keep an extra eye on Maggie (beagle). When she did get a bit plump we just threw in some extra walks to help slim her down. I have a bad habit of giving too many treats. Both girls are now healthy weights and continue to take walks and hikes on the weekend.
The amount we walk/hike I don't think I could own an obese dog-LOL! Having a large fenced in yard also helps in the winter.
I have one fat dog, and one skinny dog. Kiba is on a diet now (well all three of us all). She would push Stryder out of the way and eat his food.. and no that is not why he is skinny. Now they are seperated and get there seperate doses. Stryder is very energetic compared to Kiba and very lean, so he gets a bit more food than she does cuz all he does is burn it off.
I weigh Cider on a regular basis. So I know if she's gaining. Last winter she did gain, and in spring I cut back her kibble a bit. Month or so it was solved. I'm always touching and looking at them.. And I measure the kibble with a scoop so I'm positive what they are eating.. and feed them seperately so I know what they did or didn't eat.
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This is someting I take VERY seriously. One of our indoor cats is overweight, but there are some health issues involved, so it is understandable, I hate it though.
All of our dogs are in tip-top shape exept Yukon! LOL! I think he is stealing food. He is getting just a little chubby. There's nothing worse than an overweight Husky. Saps the beauty right out of them IMO. We usually have a problem with keeping weight ON the kids. I am feeding a lot less kibble now that we are on a high protein/high fat diet. Then I'll just up it in the winter when we start working.
clients get seriously ANGRY when you tell them their pet is overweight. they are in such denial, and i swear that telling them the dog or cat is overweight only makes them go home and feed them more. we've had instances where we have had to keep clients dogs in our kennel to make them lose weight, especially since they needed surgery and couldnt have it until they lost some weight. we have had owners have to euthanize their pets simply because they were so overweight they animal couldnt move anymore and then those clients go out and get a new dog and start the cycle all over again. its simply disgusting.
that said, all my animals are overweight. anywhere from 5-7 lbs a piece on the dogs to 2-4 pounds with the cats. the noly animal who is what i would consider unhealthily overweight, where i really should figure out a way to help him lose weight, is fox. right now the cats get 1 cup of food once a day to share. i dont think i can decrease it any more than that so i may need to enlist the help of thunder and have him chase fox around the house a few times a day for some exercise. =(
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