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Old 01-02-2010, 10:40 PM
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THat fat dog made me physically ill to see. WHat a crying shame.
I had to fuss over what Mary ate, keep her weight down so she could get up and down, 10 lbs made a huge difference in her life and she wasn't even close to chubby. THat poor dog in the photo.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:51 PM
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The absolute last thing I want is a law telling me that my dog is too fat. That's just wayy too intrusive for my tastes.

Maybe my definitions are just fuzzy, but I wouldn't call it abuse so much as neglect. I associate abuse with beating and that sort of thing... When people have overweight dogs it's more of a loved-to-death type of thing; the owners may be willfully ignorant but they aren't maliciously trying to harm their pets.

If your dog is too fat you need to feed it less and invest your kibble savings on a chuckit. It ain't rocket science.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:05 PM
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When I was last at the vet's office they had a poster on the wall about obesity and dogs. It said that for evry one pound on a dog over the ideal weight is equal to 15 pounds on a human. So if your dog is 2 pounds over the ideal weight it is like him or her carrying around 30 extra pounds.

Right now Lola is 11 pounds and her ideal weight is 10 pounds so she is on a diet to lose that one pound.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:17 PM
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I do consider it neglect, but I also think owner's think they are doing a good thing by providing their dogs with so much food. Some dogs are easy to overfeed. If feeding Juno was not my responsibility, she WOULD be overweight (maybe not now because she's so active... but it'd catch up to her). That dog devours her food in seconds and everyone in my family makes comments about how I don't feed her enough, she's obviously starving if she eats that fast, etc. etc. If I set a 30lb bag of food in front of her she'd probably eat the whole thing. So anyway, I know that if it were left to the rest of my family, she'd have access to food all the time and I know she would overeat. But they wouldn't do it to be neglectful... they would genuinely think she must be hungry if she keeps eating.

It's unfortunate because you know there has to be a point where you would look at your dog and think, "okay, he's really fat." But maybe at that point it's too late, maybe the dog is so large it can barely walk and the owners don't know what to do.

Lucy is overweight. Maybe just a couple pounds overweight, but when you should only weigh 10lbs, a couple pounds is HUGE! She does have luxating patellas and legg-perthes disease so she has always had a harder time with exercise, but her health problems are even more reason why she needs to be at a proper weight. I just can't get my dad to stop giving her Beggin Strips (although I did get him to give her smaller pieces).
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:21 PM
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:52 PM
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If I see someone with a fat dog I usually ignore it. OR if I am feeling particularly malicious Ill straight up tell them they're killing their dogs. It's harsh, yes, but sometimes thats the only way to get through to someone. And yes, Ive actually had people that get their dogs slimmed down after I laid it out like that. Two seperate familes actually.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:55 AM
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The absolute last thing I want is a law telling me that my dog is too fat. That's just wayy too intrusive for my tastes.
Same. I think it's neglect, I'm not sure about abuse though. Hopefully through education (if vets would get on board, it would be nice) people can learn better how to properly manage their dog's weight. I get so many comments about how skinny my girls are by a lot of other toy dog owners especially. It's through a good diet and a lot of exercise. Summer is fluctuating lately over a few ounces. She lost one, and I'd like her to lose maybe one more. Mia and Nard have zero body fat on them whatsoever and I'd actually like them each to gain about half a pound, but I doubt it'll happen soon.

Now, Rose looks fat but it's all hair. She's actually a little skinnier than Summer.
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Old 01-03-2010, 04:18 AM
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it's more of a loved-to-death type of thing; the owners may be willfully ignorant but they aren't maliciously trying to harm their pets.
I have to agree with these two and, I bet if every vet had a poster like somebody mentioned just that would do a lot of help. Somebody else also mentioned a commercial, one playing on Animal Planet or something would be awesome.
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:46 AM
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i find that very few owners of very fat (not just chubby) pets want to hear it. they like their pets the way they are. they think they're cute. they like that they're slow and sluggish and require very little of their owners. we have clients with hugely obese dogs who come in all upset because the dog is only picking at meals, so they have to pour on bacon grease or whatever to get the dog to eat. maybe... he's just not hungry??

one of the vets i work for addresses obesity in every fat pet he sees. we send home measuring cups. we send home diet plans for decreasing and better management of feeding. and once in a blue moon somebody will follow through. but mostly they ignore him, mostly their dog gets fatter, sometimes they'll call and request to see the other doctor because she doesn't harp on them about weight.

i know he's too fat but i don't care.

i know he's too fat but it's quality of life, not quantity. (yes, somebody actually said that to me. word for word. amazing.)

it's incredibly sad.
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:51 AM
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I think both the vets I work for always mention if the dog needs to lose weight. If it is just a couple lbs, they don't bother, but when it is bad and effecting the dog's mobility and health, they put it out there - no doubt about it - that they NEED to put their dog on a diet, and even ask to see the dogs (or cats - we once had a 30? lb cat) again in a month to check the weight. They follow up on it - if the owners will bring them in. 99% of obese dogs I see do not have a health problem making them that way.
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