Don't try to kid yourself. A fat dog is not a healthy dog. This worries me! What do you see when you look at your dog? Is your dog overweight? Does your dog have health problems? I sincerely hope not, but more often than not, a fat dog will have related canine health concerns.
The American Veterinary Medical Association tells us that a whopping 54 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight. Can you believe that? That's close to half of all dogs, a total of more than 17 million fat dogs.
Only 17% of these dog owners believe that they have a fat dog. Isn't that amazing? That means that 37 % of dog owners don't think their dog has a weight problem.
Obesity in dogs is increasing at an alarming rate. Here's why.
You are the pet
owner. You're the one who buys the dog food and dog treats. You're the one who gives your dog, food and treats. So you are to blame. No one else. The first step to fixing a problem is to become aware that you have a problem. Once you know better, you can do better.
I know you love your dog. Your love is not in question, but your decisions are.
Many people equate food with love. You love your dog so you give him food or treats to show how much you love him. Right?
I'll bet you love to give your dog treats because he's SUCH a good boy. Yes, or yes? What about a piece of pizza every now and again? Maybe some ice cream? How about peanut butter? Yum! I was at a dinner party once where the host scraped all the pre dinner appetizers into the dog's bowl. Yikes!
Dog's are not garbage cans. Dogs are opportunists after all, so they won't complain! Do you know that one tablespoon of smooth peanut butter contains 94 calories. Do you know that one dental chew treat can have 50 calories? Whoa! Are you killing your dog with kindness? Be honest.
My handsome lean, fit,12 year old English Springer Spaniel, Pager.
Unhealthy, overweight senior English Springer Spaniel
Excess weight is the number one contributor to poor health. Fat dogs are no different than fat people. Overweight dogs and people simply have more health problems than people and dogs who are slim and fit. I don't mean to sound unkind, but there's plenty of research to support this depressing truth.
If you continue to routinely overfeed your dog and under exercise him, common dog health problems such as the ones listed below and more, will sooner or later appear.
Then what? Well, you guessed it. You'll be off to the vet. You'll 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 vet's office with a VERY big bill. There is no pill to correct overweight!
You never see a fat dog in nature. Have you ever seen a fat wolf, a fat coyote, or a fat rabbit, a fat fox, or a fat bird. No absolutely not! Animals that live outdoors in the wild, are never fat.
Wild dogs are lucky if they eat every day. Wild dogs must work to find food and move their bodies in order to catch their food. Most wild dogs do not eat every day. Sometimes there is no food available. Sometimes they fail to catch it!
Wild animals are moving and traveling long distances in search of food. They get plenty of exercise and they are always looking for food. It's what they do. They search for food. Searching for food is their job. If they don't do this, they don't eat!
Our pet dogs
lay on the couch and are served two meals a day with snacks and treats
on the side. Ridiculous!
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 be nice to them.
Dogs already know how to keep themselves slim and healthy. They wouldn't need canine weight loss programs and dog weight control food from the vet if they were able to fend for themselves.
Be honest! Do you think it's cute to have a fat dog? Do you think a fat dog is funny? I sure hope not. When I see a fat dog, I think that's a shame and quite sad!
Maybe you tell yourself..." he's just a big boy ". How many times have I heard people use that excuse. He's just a big dog. No, he's a fat dog!
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.
So what are you going to do about this? The first step to fixing a problem is to become aware that you have a problem. Right?
The problem of having an obese dog can be corrected easily if you care enough to make sure he gets slim, trim and healthy. It's not hard and consists of only three steps:
Intermittent fasting can also help. It is my number one favorite tool for helping dogs get healthy faster.
Please watch this wonderful video below. It will touch your heart. I sincerely hope it inspires you to take action for the sake of your own health and the health of your dog. You both deserve the gift of good heath. You and your dog can be the stars in your own story. Here's to your good health and the good health of your dog.
Good Health is the greatest gift of all.
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