Fat dogs are my pet peeve! No pun intended. I'm not kidding! I am not being funny. Fat pets are everywhere I look. The American Veterinary Medical Association tells us that a whopping
40 percent of dogs in the United States
Can you believe that? That's close to half of all dogs, totaling more than 17 million dogs. What's even worse, is that only 17% of these dog owners believe that they have fat dogs. So the rest think that their dogs are of a normal weight, according to the AVMA.
By the way, 58 percent of pet cats are either obese or overweight too. CATS...unbelievable!
OK...what's wrong with this picture? So, I'd like to ask the question...
What do you see when you look at your dog?
Compare these pictures.
The first one is a photo of an overweight English Springer Spaniel. I pulled that pic off the internet as an example of what I'm talking about. Poor thing is so fat he actually looks sad to me. It seems that his legs are not able to properly support his fat body.
Any self respecting dog knows that he should look fine, fit, athletic and healthy. English Springer Spaniels are beautiful dogs. What a shame!
Be honest now. Take a good look at your dog.
Does your dog look like this?
Now take a look at my gorgeous English Springer Spaniel, Pager. Is he a sight for sore eyes, or what! He is stunning! He is full of energy, looks beautiful, his coat gleams and he radiates good health.
Does your dog look like this?
Here's another example. Here are before and after pictures of Tommy. Tommy is a pure bred Standard Poodle. He was so overweight at 110lbs when my friend Sharon rescued him. He was fat, he had itchy, scabby skin rash all over his body, and his eyes were oozing green mucousy goo.
Now, 6 months later, Tommy is stunning. He is slim, athletic, his skin rash is gone and his eyes are clear. Sharon feeds him properly with a species specific raw food diet for dogs at the low end of the feeding scale at 2% of body weight, and her efforts have paid off. Her dog is gorgeous!
Tommy January 2014. An obese dog with health problems at 110 lbs.
Tommy, slim and trim in September, 2014 at 80 lbs. That's a 30lb weight loss.
Well done Sharon!
Tommy is a stunner!
Well I hate to point a finger but...YOU are the pet owner. Take a good, hard look at yourself in the mirror. I'll bet you think you love your dog, don't you? I'll bet you love to give him treats because he's SUCH a good boy...right? What about a piece of pizza every now and again? Maybe a bowl of ice cream?
He loves that, doesn't he? No doubt he does. Dogs are opportunists after all...but your kindness is killing him.
Excess weight is the number one contributor to poor health. Fat dogs are no different than fat people. I don't mean to sound unkind here, but it is a truth.
If you continue to routinely overfeed your dog and under exercise him, common dog health problems such these listed below and more, will sooner or later appear.
Well, you guessed it...you will be off to the vet. You will be worried sick about your dog, because the vet will explain to you just how serious all these health problems are...and you will walk out of the office with a VERY big bill!
...and let me say this loud and clear...
Look around you.
Have you ever seen a fat wolf, or a fat coyote, or a fat rabbit, or a fat horse, or a fat bird. No absolutely not. Animals that live outdoors in the wild, are never fat.
is not because they do not have enough to eat. They have plenty to eat.
It's about the quality and type of food they eat. They are
moving, they are travelling, they get plenty of exercise, they are looking for food all the time.
It's what they do, they search for food. It's their job. Dogs need to work for food too.
It is not in the nature of animals to become fat on their own. It takes misguided humans to turn animals who should be naturally healthy and fit, into overweight, obese and unhealthy, fat pets. All in the name of trying to help them, wanting to be kind to them.
Dogs already know how to keep themselves slim and healthy. They wouldn't need canine weight loss programs if they were able to fend for themselves, and they don't need special weight control food from the vet.
Answer these questions?
Do you see wild dogs going around expressing each others anal glands? No!
Do you see wild dogs such as wolves and coyotes signing up for an expensive weight loss for dogs program ? No!
So I asked the question earlier on this page, but I'll ask it again...
Bet you can't even tell, can you? Do you think it's cute to have an obese dog? Are you one of those people who think a fat dog is funny? I sure hope not.
If you take your dog to the dog park, you will see many other dogs. They all look like your dog. Right? Well that's because they're all fat dogs.
If you see one that isn't like this, you will say..." that dog is really skinny "! No, it's the other way around. That one is the healthy dog at the proper weight.
Here's the easy way to tell if your dog is fat. If you can't see the outline of his ribs, he's too fat. If you can't feel his ribs, he's way too fat. If you look down at him and he doesn't have a waistline, narrowing between the ribs and the hips, he's really fat.
You can do this test on yourself too. The criteria is the same.
So what are you going to do about this?
Look, the problem of having an obese dog can be corrected if you care enough to make sure he gets slim, trim and healthy.
Weight loss for dogs program