Canine obesity is dangerous to your dog's health. If you ask, "Is My Dog Fat?" when he barks at visitors from a lying position, we need to talk.
It amazes me how many people blindly and literally love their dogs to death.
Simply put, a fat dog will have health problems, a shorter life span and feel miserable.
If you have ever been fat, you know how uncomfortable it is carrying around those excessive pounds. If you haven't, I can tell you from personal experience.
It can be difficult or impossible to run; walking is a chore and reaching areas on your own body is a stretch. It is even uncomfortable to sit down!
-You Know Your Dog is Fat When
I am not making fun of fat dogs but I am making fun of their owners. If you are one of them, I want you to have a good laugh at yourself and then change your ways! Your dog's health is at stake.
Lord have mercy, someone close to me was blind when it came to her dog. She actually called everyone to let us know indignantly that the vet said her dog was fat and needed to get some exercise and go on a diet.
The vet should have said her dog was obese. At 50 pounds overweight he looked like a pin head. He didn't walk, he waddled. He should have weighed 65 pounds and weighed 115. She tried to walk him for exercise like the vet suggested but he couldn't walk past the neighbor's house. He would huff and puff and lay down in the street. Trust me, these neighbors were not far. This is called canine obesity!
She decided to cut back his ice cream bars to one a day instead of two, plus cut back on the giant bag of weekly beggin strips and took off half the bun from his Friday night deluxe hamburger treat, which she faithfully picked up from a rather decent restaurant - and all the while explaining he only ate 1 cup of dog food a day.
Somehow she didn't notice the dog ate more than she did, was less than half her size and the dog's total exercise regime consisted of walking outside to go potty if she could pry him off the bed.
At the ripe old age of 36 months, he had lost weight but was still carrying an extra 25 pounds.
Here are some things to look out for that can have adverse affects on dog health.
And for heaven sakes, if you are living with canine obesity AND flatulence, read Dog Farting. (Yes I actually titled it that.)
Strive to give your dog foods that improve his health, not take it away. Consider a raw diet and supplements that improve digestion. You can find both on this website.
If you really want to spoil your dog, give him your time. Take a long walk or play a game.