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2013-03-01 08:40:12 AM
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2013-03-01 08:43:09 AM
This just in, pets often reflect their owners
 
2013-03-01 08:45:38 AM
Both of my 2 dogs have recently started only eating once a day.  Same brand/type of food...anyone have any theories why?  The husky has never been much of an eater, so him skipping a meal once in a while is nothing new.  But the boxer/pit loves her dinner/breakfast so that one is a bit odd.
 
2013-03-01 08:45:50 AM
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2013-03-01 08:47:16 AM
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2013-03-01 08:47:30 AM
I have two cats, ones fat and one is normal weight, so it sounds about right.
 
2013-03-01 08:47:33 AM
My dog can't help it. He hates the taste of Bud Light.
 
2013-03-01 08:48:02 AM
No surprise there. If Lardass McFatrolls can't peel himself away from the TV because, God forbid, he miss an episode of Lizard Lick Towing. The dog is not going to get walked and the house is going to stink of shiat.
 
2013-03-01 08:48:39 AM
"An annual survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has revealed that 88.4 million pets are overweight or obese."

we're all shocked that the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention would get these results.

It would be nice to see statistics based on the patient visits to veterinary offices. every vet office we ever had dog visit, the weight was the very first thing recorded after we got past name & address.
 
2013-03-01 08:48:42 AM
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2013-03-01 08:52:24 AM
Are you trying to tell me that my animals who don't have to hunt to eat anymore, may be a few pounds overweight?   Who would have guessed?  Looks like I am going to have to get the dog smoking again, so he can lose a pound or two.
 
2013-03-01 08:52:59 AM

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2013-03-01 08:53:06 AM
My dog won't eat vegetables, by themselves or with her dinner. I tried to mix in some green beans with her food once to fool her, and I came back and she had picked them all out and made a nice pile next to her bowl. I guess french fries don't count as vegetables, huh?

She's only a little husky..

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2013-03-01 08:53:08 AM
One of my cats has a fat sack. She's working on it.
 
2013-03-01 08:53:17 AM
I'll agree with this assessment.

My goldfish has always been huge, and my turtle's starting to get sort of chunky.
 
2013-03-01 08:53:27 AM
Only 50%? They're doing better than their masters.
 
2013-03-01 08:55:36 AM
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2013-03-01 08:56:47 AM
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2013-03-01 08:58:41 AM
www.catsdo.com
 
2013-03-01 08:58:52 AM
My chihuahua might be getting fat? Well, I'm switching his regular canned dog food to diet pills. I'm sure my roommates will understand.
 
2013-03-01 09:02:53 AM
All our dogs are rescue dogs.  Last year we adopted a Scottie, she was 29 lbs!  Her owners had to give her up, because of health issues, and our guess is they were over-feeding her since they weren't home much going to/from the hospital.

After a year of running around with our other two dogs, and a reasonable diet, she is now down to 20 lbs, and is much happier.
 
2013-03-01 09:04:44 AM
Animals have little self control when it comes to food.

www.commonsensewithmoney.com
 
2013-03-01 09:04:58 AM
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2013-03-01 09:06:57 AM
Coincidentally, I'm having grilled redfish and a salad tonight for dinner.
 
2013-03-01 09:07:19 AM
Mrs. Henry tends to feed our mini Aussie anything that she is eating.
Let's just say that both have to hit the gym.

(Are there doggie gyms?)
 
2013-03-01 09:07:51 AM
Just went to my vet on saturday. My one cat is 12 lbs, the vet wants her to be 9! (the other is 10 lbs, vet wants her to be 9 too) The cats just discovered they're on a diet last night. They're not happy.
 
2013-03-01 09:11:34 AM
can't say i'm shocked by this... most pet food consists of the same refined corn and corn chemical products that is put in the average american diet as well...

but that's ok, there's no correlation there... so just keep on subsidizing the corn industry and keep letting Big Food make "food" from pharmaceutical grade compounds instead of foods in its natural state

/Nestle (the largest food corporation in the world) owns Purina and practices the same manufacturing of Purina products that it does for it's other "food"
 
2013-03-01 09:12:21 AM
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2013-03-01 09:16:36 AM
Apart from a dog who had awful hips and couldn't exercise as much as she should have or wanted to, our family's pets have never had trouble with weight. Our cat had some issues keeping her weight up recently (about the time arthritis was starting to kick in and she wasn't able to supplement what we fed her as much), so she got fattened up for about half a year, and after so many years of seeing her being very much on the slim side of healthy, seeing her just barely over the line into fat was rather hilarious. Arthritis meds and a better dialed in amount of food fixed that, and she's back to her normal weight, though she only hunts rarely these days. Hell, she barely goes outside except to pee.

The current dog has never had any issues. Came scrawny as a few month old rescue dog, settled into a healthy adult weight, and runs around the yard a lot in hilariously inept attempts to catch squirrels.
 
2013-03-01 09:17:19 AM
No Subby, your dog wants a nice juicy steak.
 
2013-03-01 09:19:14 AM
Walk your farking dogs! If you are unable to walk your dog then don't have any, you twit.
 
2013-03-01 09:20:31 AM

CatherineM: My dog won't eat vegetables, by themselves or with her dinner. I tried to mix in some green beans with her food once to fool her, and I came back and she had picked them all out and made a nice pile next to her bowl. I guess french fries don't count as vegetables, huh?

She's only a little husky..

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That doesn't look like a Husky.
 
2013-03-01 09:20:54 AM

priapic_abandon: Walk your farking dogs! If you are unable to walk your dog then don't have any, you twit.


A large, fenced yard and a dog flap works well too. As a bonus, no picking up poop.
 
2013-03-01 09:20:55 AM

oldfarthenry: Mrs. Henry tends to feed our mini Aussie anything that she is eating.
Let's just say that both have to hit the gym.

(Are there doggie gyms?)


There are doggie treadmills at least.  There's a doggy daycare that I use to board my dog when I go out of town and the dogs get tons of exercise.  Mine is always pooped when I pick her up.  Maybe something like that would work, even just a day or two a week.
 
2013-03-01 09:22:04 AM

cptjeff: priapic_abandon: Walk your farking dogs! If you are unable to walk your dog then don't have any, you twit.

A large, fenced yard and a dog flap works well too. As a bonus, no picking up poop.


I should add, walks are still good, but they become more of a fun dog and owner play and bonding thing than something critical for exercise and pooping.
 
2013-03-01 09:22:22 AM
Mastiff was getting a tad pudgy
got him down to 205lbs
still has 1 inch vertical leap when excited
 
2013-03-01 09:25:00 AM
My cat, Callisto, could have used a few of those spare pounds.

/RIP Callisto.  You're a good little dog.
 
2013-03-01 09:26:50 AM

LL316: Both of my 2 dogs have recently started only eating once a day.  Same brand/type of food...anyone have any theories why?  The husky has never been much of an eater, so him skipping a meal once in a while is nothing new.  But the boxer/pit loves her dinner/breakfast so that one is a bit odd.


My cat has done the same thing in a way. She's turning her nose up at her favorite gooshy fuds completely, though. While kibble is cheaper and she gets that free choice, she tends to follow me around the house begging for more wet food as if she's starving. The working theory with another Caturdayian whose cat acts the same way is that my GoGo Beastie just got tired of the same kinds all the time. Now I buy a variety of canned food, different flavors and brands, and so far she's been doing better (found out she really likes the liver and chicken Friskies pate). You may try the same thing and start buying a small amount of a different flavor or brand - a couple of them - and see if they're just sick of the same thing all the time.

Also, it's quite possible they just may not be hungry. If you don't already, measure the amount of food they require according to age/activity levels/weight before you give it to them, and divide it into two feedings. You should be able to tell pretty quickly if they're sick of that particular kind of food or just not very hungry.
 
2013-03-01 09:33:42 AM
My pets are not among those that are obese. Lord knows that they want to be, however. I also learned that cats are insane when it comes to getting at food, worse than dogs in my opinion. Yea, my basset hound is blind and has stubby legs, but she never tried to steal food like the two cats do. It just blows my mind.
 
2013-03-01 09:38:25 AM
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eff that
 
2013-03-01 09:39:58 AM

madpiper: Coincidentally, I'm having grilled redfish and a salad tonight for dinner.


You planned your dinner at 9am? Live for the moment man.
/just jealous, having beans...again
 
2013-03-01 09:42:06 AM

Anastacya: My pets are not among those that are obese. Lord knows that they want to be, however. I also learned that cats are insane when it comes to getting at food, worse than dogs in my opinion. Yea, my basset hound is blind and has stubby legs, but she never tried to steal food like the two cats do. It just blows my mind.


You haven't lived until you've had a cat stalk your bowl of ice cream.

\Or lick the custard out of your donuts.
\\Or get into a pie set out to cool.
\\\At least she never tried to steal the christmas turkey. That was the older dog who had hip trouble.
 
2013-03-01 09:44:06 AM
so whats wrong with that...
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2013-03-01 09:44:30 AM
I get stopped by people fairly regularly that tell me my dog is underweight.

He's a farking greyhound.  He is supposed to look like that.  He's 80 pounds and eats like a horse.

/Also had someone yell at me for using a choke collar.  It's a martingale collar for sight hounds.
//Wouldn't believe me even after I explained the difference.
 
2013-03-01 09:44:35 AM
My oldest dog has been fit his entire life, now that he's turned 13 he's packed on a few extra pounds. I don't give him table scraps, and he eats the same amount he always has. I suppose it's just from him not really being able to run around with the younger dogs anymore. He still does his walks like a champ, though. Just can't... run.
 
2013-03-01 09:47:01 AM
So I buy my dogs this, "Pedigree  Healthy Weight Formula" about a month back....FARK yeah, they don't eat it....
 
2013-03-01 09:50:21 AM

ArgusRun: /Also had someone yell at me


Why do people do this? My oldest I just mentioned has a lot of allergies, including dust, grains, pollen and grass. (did the blood test to find out). I get old biddies yelling at me when I tell him to stop eating the grass in the front yard, because when he does that he swells up and starts chewing himself literally bloody.

Old biddie: Dogs NEED to eat grass sometimes! It helps...
Me interrupting: Not if they're allergic to grass o_O

Stop yelling at strangers and telling them what they need to be doing. WTF is wrong with you?
 
2013-03-01 09:51:03 AM
cptjeff:You haven't lived until you've had a cat stalk your bowl of ice cream.
\Or lick the custard out of your donuts.
\\Or get into a pie set out to cool.
\\\At least she never tried to steal the christmas turkey. That was the older dog who had hip trouble.


If I put a full bowl of dry food down and put the closed bag down a few feet away she will ignore the bowl and have at it with the bag. She also likes to walk around with a marshmallow bag on her head.

/wait,,that last one might be me
//no, think it was her
 
2013-03-01 09:51:26 AM
This is entirely farking avoidable.
 
2013-03-01 09:51:46 AM

cptjeff: Anastacya: My pets are not among those that are obese. Lord knows that they want to be, however. I also learned that cats are insane when it comes to getting at food, worse than dogs in my opinion. Yea, my basset hound is blind and has stubby legs, but she never tried to steal food like the two cats do. It just blows my mind.

You haven't lived until you've had a cat stalk your bowl of ice cream.

\Or lick the custard out of your donuts.
\\Or get into a pie set out to cool.
\\\At least she never tried to steal the christmas turkey. That was the older dog who had hip trouble.


Did the dog hide the carcass too? (Parents dog hid one in some blankets on the coach once. That was a nice surprise for my mom).
 
2013-03-01 09:52:10 AM

oldfarthenry: (Are there doggie gyms?)


They are called "parks".

We once had a chocolate lab get up around 160.  He was a big boy though, even after we dieted him down he was over 130.  His chest has the broadest I have ever seen on a lab.  His litermates were big (all up around 100), but he was the biggest.  And of course he was the runt of the liter.  He also lived the longest.  Great dog, dumb as bricks though.
 
2013-03-01 09:55:39 AM

ArgusRun: I get stopped by people fairly regularly that tell me my dog is underweight.

He's a farking greyhound.  He is supposed to look like that.  He's 80 pounds and eats like a horse.

/Also had someone yell at me for using a choke collar.  It's a martingale collar for sight hounds.
//Wouldn't believe me even after I explained the difference.


Look at it this way, it's a great way to educate people about greyhounds and teach them how awesome they are. Greyhounds have been some of the most friendly dogs my parents have ever adopted.
 
2013-03-01 09:58:36 AM
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2013-03-01 09:59:06 AM

cptjeff: Anastacya: My pets are not among those that are obese. Lord knows that they want to be, however. I also learned that cats are insane when it comes to getting at food, worse than dogs in my opinion. Yea, my basset hound is blind and has stubby legs, but she never tried to steal food like the two cats do. It just blows my mind.

You haven't lived until you've had a cat stalk your bowl of ice cream.

\Or lick the custard out of your donuts.
\\Or get into a pie set out to cool.
\\\At least she never tried to steal the christmas turkey. That was the older dog who had hip trouble.


shiat, this morning I closed my eyes for a few minutes and the cat was on the coffee table drinking from my glass of milk. My other dog (who I sadly had to leave behind) used to eat from the trash can. My basset, when she was younger, managed to open the fridge door and help herself to a ham.

/had cats stalk bowls of ice cream
//they also lick the spoons if I leave them on the spoonrest while cooking. I have to use the top rack of the dishwasher if I don't want to use half of my supply for one meal
///slashies!
 
2013-03-01 10:05:26 AM
Dog food has as much corn in it as people food. Throw in some "animal byproduct" and it isn't surprising most are overweight.
 
2013-03-01 10:08:40 AM

Katie98_KT: Just went to my vet on saturday. My one cat is 12 lbs, the vet wants her to be 9! (the other is 10 lbs, vet wants her to be 9 too) The cats just discovered they're on a diet last night. They're not happy.


I had to put one of mine on diet food. When the vet follows up in 60 days he'll have lost weight; because he won't eat it! Now he just stares at the other cats' food during mealtime.

/yesterday he flipped over his plate in disgust and looked at me as if to say "now clean that up!"
//csb
 
2013-03-01 10:09:04 AM

Night Night Cream Puff: cptjeff: Anastacya: My pets are not among those that are obese. Lord knows that they want to be, however. I also learned that cats are insane when it comes to getting at food, worse than dogs in my opinion. Yea, my basset hound is blind and has stubby legs, but she never tried to steal food like the two cats do. It just blows my mind.

You haven't lived until you've had a cat stalk your bowl of ice cream.

\Or lick the custard out of your donuts.
\\Or get into a pie set out to cool.
\\\At least she never tried to steal the christmas turkey. That was the older dog who had hip trouble.

Did the dog hide the carcass too? (Parents dog hid one in some blankets on the coach once. That was a nice surprise for my mom).


We were in the next room and saw her as she did it. We tried to grab it away, but she wound up getting a pretty decent chunk. Fortunately we had already carved off what we needed for dinner.

She got points for chutzpah.
 
2013-03-01 10:11:34 AM

Katie98_KT: Just went to my vet on saturday. My one cat is 12 lbs, the vet wants her to be 9! (the other is 10 lbs, vet wants her to be 9 too) The cats just discovered they're on a diet last night. They're not happy.



Every time I take my cats to the vet, the vet says one cat is too heavy by 1.5 pounds. I feed each a level 1/8 cup of food, three times a day.  My cat owning friends are shocked to see what feeding time is like.
 
2013-03-01 10:11:57 AM

Carth: Dog food has as much corn in it as people food. Throw in some "animal byproduct" and it isn't surprising most are overweight.


Not if you don't buy the shiatty stuff.  My dog currently loves the chicken and barley flavor from these guys.  I'm lucky though, this is the only dog I've ever had in my life who self regulates her food.  I couldn't overfeed her unless I gave her tons of treats and table scraps.  I got mad at grandma one holiday because she was feeding all the dogs people food.  I said "please don't feed her". She said "Aw it's grandma's job to spoil her" and I said "well it can be your job to clean up her diarrhea tomorrow too".  Yeah, that's now how that works.

Thankfully the diarrhea happened outside.
 
2013-03-01 10:22:54 AM

KrispyKritter: It would be nice to see statistics based on the patient visits to veterinary offices. every vet office we ever had dog visit, the weight was the very first thing recorded after we got past name & address.


I'd say that's about right.

If the fatty is a dog, get the thyroid level checked if they are over three.  No diet plan in the world is going to overcome hypothyroidism.
 
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2013-03-01 10:31:44 AM
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2013-03-01 10:34:54 AM

Carn: Carth: Dog food has as much corn in it as people food. Throw in some "animal byproduct" and it isn't surprising most are overweight.

Not if you don't buy the shiatty stuff.  My dog currently loves the chicken and barley flavor from these guys.  I'm lucky though, this is the only dog I've ever had in my life who self regulates her food.  I couldn't overfeed her unless I gave her tons of treats and table scraps.  I got mad at grandma one holiday because she was feeding all the dogs people food.  I said "please don't feed her". She said "Aw it's grandma's job to spoil her" and I said "well it can be your job to clean up her diarrhea tomorrow too".  Yeah, that's now how that works.

Thankfully the diarrhea happened outside.


We feed our dog this brand he seems to like it.  He has the husky trait of self regulates as well and if we feed him table scrapes he just ignores his food until hungry. The vet keeps telling us he could gain a few pounds but if we try feeding him more he just runs around more to burn off the calories.
 
2013-03-01 10:44:56 AM
We got a Redbone Coonhound from the shelter back in November that weighed in at an underweight 46lbs when we brought him home. He bulked up a little after getting him here, and has since continued the trend...he was 61lbs when we brought him to the vet for his rabies vaccination on Feb 1.

Damn thing will steal any scrap of food he can find, and there is always something to find with a 2 year old human running around the house. We're getting better at making sure there is nothing around for him to steal, and gradually switching him over to a weight control food to get him back down to his target of around 52lbs or so. And no, he doesn't get shiatty dog food. He gets Kirkland (Costco) Chicken and Rice...there is no corn product in Costco dog foods.

/Moral of the story, none, except that coonhounds can get fat quick, and Costco sells quality dog food
 
2013-03-01 10:45:23 AM

Carth: Carn: Carth: Dog food has as much corn in it as people food. Throw in some "animal byproduct" and it isn't surprising most are overweight.

Not if you don't buy the shiatty stuff.  My dog currently loves the chicken and barley flavor from these guys.  I'm lucky though, this is the only dog I've ever had in my life who self regulates her food.  I couldn't overfeed her unless I gave her tons of treats and table scraps.  I got mad at grandma one holiday because she was feeding all the dogs people food.  I said "please don't feed her". She said "Aw it's grandma's job to spoil her" and I said "well it can be your job to clean up her diarrhea tomorrow too".  Yeah, that's now how that works.

Thankfully the diarrhea happened outside.

We feed our dog this brand he seems to like it.  He has the husky trait of self regulates as well and if we feed him table scrapes he just ignores his food until hungry. The vet keeps telling us he could gain a few pounds but if we try feeding him more he just runs around more to burn off the calories.


That stuff looks nice, never seen it in my store.  Must be a husky thing.  A friend of mine has two huskies and they're the same.  Both are very thin but as much as he feeds them they just bust loose from him and run around his neighborhood for hours.  My dog can be a bit picky (which for an 85lb dog wtf?) so I'm just happy I found one that's fairly healthy that she'll eat.  I usually change flavors after about 2-3 bags when she gets bored.
 
2013-03-01 10:50:34 AM
 
2013-03-01 10:55:22 AM

Carn: Carth: Dog food has as much corn in it as people food. Throw in some "animal byproduct" and it isn't surprising most are overweight.

Not if you don't buy the shiatty stuff.  My dog currently loves the chicken and barley flavor from these guys.  I'm lucky though, this is the only dog I've ever had in my life who self regulates her food.  I couldn't overfeed her unless I gave her tons of treats and table scraps.  I got mad at grandma one holiday because she was feeding all the dogs people food.  I said "please don't feed her". She said "Aw it's grandma's job to spoil her" and I said "well it can be your job to clean up her diarrhea tomorrow too".  Yeah, that's now how that works.

Thankfully the diarrhea happened outside.


Even with the corn meal, it's still a "calories in = calories out" equation.  If you make sure the two are equal (one the dog is full grown), then they won't get fat.  I'm not advocating feeding them cheap ass-food, either.  Buy a quality food with fewer fillers, exercise regularly, and keep the treats and table scraps to a minimum and you'll be fine.
 
2013-03-01 10:58:24 AM

Carth: Dog food has as much corn in it as people food. Throw in some "animal byproduct" and it isn't surprising most are overweight.


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2013-03-01 10:58:39 AM

Weigard: This is entirely farking avoidable.


Thid
 
2013-03-01 11:20:00 AM
My horrible little dog is about 25% below what she should weigh.  Just skin and bones. Honey has had cancer for a couple of years now,  gets fed twice what  a dog her "normal" size should get and quickly turns it into diarrhea.
From my perspective more that half the dogs at the park are way over weight.
 
2013-03-01 11:38:31 AM

cptjeff: cptjeff: priapic_abandon: Walk your farking dogs! If you are unable to walk your dog then don't have any, you twit.

A large, fenced yard and a dog flap works well too. As a bonus, no picking up poop.

I should add, walks are still good, but they become more of a fun dog and owner play and bonding thing than something critical for exercise and pooping.


In the urban environment I live in, I've noticed that people walking larger dogs tend to see it as a fun time; Bring along the fetch ball, be out for 30 minutes or more. People walking smaller dogs view it as a chore; checking Facebook on their phone while their rat-dog drops something smaller than what my cats do, then immediately back inside. No wonder all those dogs seem high strung.
 
2013-03-01 12:25:53 PM

CapeFearCadaver: ArgusRun: /Also had someone yell at me

Stop yelling at strangers and telling them what they need to be doing. WTF is wrong with you?


It's a disease called liberalism.
 
2013-03-01 12:30:16 PM
Link

If you don't mind a little extra work, you can make your own healthy food and/or treats.  Here is a great site that has a TON of both cat and dog recipes as well as a searchable database.


My dog didn't fall for the green bean thing either, despite my vet's assurnaces that dog just LOVE green beans.
 
2013-03-01 12:32:06 PM

OwnTheRide: CapeFearCadaver: ArgusRun: /Also had someone yell at me

Stop yelling at strangers and telling them what they need to be doing. WTF is wrong with you?

It's a disease called liberalism.


Oh, hey old biddie from down the road. Would you mind not putting your dog's bagged shiat in my trash can on tuesday afternoons before I get home from work, and have the chance to move the empty can back to the house? Next time I have to smell your dog's shiat for a full week I'm pooping on your stoop. I know where you live.
 
2013-03-01 01:08:33 PM
More pictures of fat animals please!
 
2013-03-01 01:23:38 PM

Mr.Poops: More pictures of fat animals please!


i50.tinypic.com

His name is not fatshiat cat, it's Meatball.
 
2013-03-01 03:04:30 PM

NeoBad: So I buy my dogs this, "Pedigree Healthy Weight Formula" about a month back....FARK yeah, they don't eat it....


I tried to feed my cats diet food a few years ago and one of them(the one who begs the most) refused to eat it and looked at me like I was trying to poison him. It was kibble and didn't smell good to me and it had this weird oily sheen to it.

Anyway, both my cats are part maine coon so they're naturally big but they were also overweight. They didn't slim down until I started feeding them better quality food and also putting probiotic powder in the wet food. If your pet ever develops colitis, before you drop a couple grand on vet bills like I did just try putting probiotic powder in the food for awhile. yes, the bottle is $25, but $25 < $2k.
 
2013-03-01 03:38:34 PM
I see a lot of people here complaining about corn in diets and it has driven me onto my soap box.  While there are unhealthy elements to diets high in corn syrup, mostly this seems to me to be a cop out.  Corn isn't making your dog fat any more than it's making you fat and if you look at the information, many "grain free" diets are higher in fat and calories than others.  I see quite a few fat animals on these diets and I don't blame the food in that case either.

  90% of the pets I see who are overweight or obese are that way because they are eating too much in ways that are obvious after just a few minutes of history-taking (the other 10% are usually aware enough of the problem to lie).  Most people have no understanding of proper portions for themselves, much less a 25 pound dog.

 Ask your veterinarian to calculate the calories your pet needs and make a recommendation for how much he/she should eat to lose weight based on that.  This means you will be using a measuring cup.  No more "filling up the bowl when it's empty" or measuring out "about half a solo cup" or "a good handful".    This will also mean counting the treats and keeping track.  You will also need to track their weight on a regular basis (I recommend monthly) to monitor progress and make sure things don't need to be adjusted as every pet is different. Daily exercise is key as opposed to just tossing the ball a few times on the Saturdays you aren't busy.  And, obviously, check for any physiologic issues like hypothryroidism or joint disease (which could explain why your dog or cat doesn't want to walk or play a lot)

Also, remember that dogs and cats need far less calories than people do so "snacks" for people are way too large for them.  If little fluffy is getting a half a slice of cheese "a few times a day", it's like giving your kid a piece of cheesecake "a few times a day".  Finally a good-quality dog food does not require supplementation so your dog is going to be just fine without you cracking a whole egg over it or mixing in some chicken breast ("but Doctor, it's low fat) every day.
 
2013-03-01 05:07:28 PM

Cold_Sassy: LinkIf you don't mind a little extra work, you can make your own healthy food and/or treats.  Here is a great site that has a TON of both cat and dog recipes as well as a searchable database.
My dog didn't fall for the green bean thing either, despite my vet's assurnaces that dog just LOVE green beans.


From that site, their Cheese Please recipe:

1/2 cup grated cheese2 T plain yogurt or sour creamA little oatmeal2 T margarine or low-fat spread That's NOT a healthy recipe for cat food! Cats need to eat meat. It is not an option. They are obligate carnivores. Also, where's the taurine? Cats MUST have taurine (which is found in the eyeballs of their prey *VOMITS PROFUSELY*). They also lack the enzyme used to digest plant matter. The chicken and sardines recipe on that site includes BREAD CRUMBS. Cats can't process bread, it'll just come out as really stinky poop. And that recipe includes no bones. Cats need to eat bones so they get calcium. Another has tomato juice and dried cat food. Dry cat food is actually BAD for cats, because cats get almost all their water from their food, and dry food tends to be made with flour or corn (which cats can't process). Honestly, I wouldn't use that website, I'd use catinfo.org or catnutrition.org for making cat food.

/Just got my industrial meat grinder so I can make my own cat food.
//will start on that this weekend.
///excited!
////My cats are actually a bit underweight, so we've started putting either butter or bacon grease in their food for some extra cals, since they won't eat more food.
 
2013-03-01 06:06:30 PM

Mike Chewbacca: ////My cats are actually a bit underweight, so we've started putting either butter or bacon grease in their food for some extra cals, since they won't eat more food.


Saucer of cream or milk works too. As a bonus, your cat will love you very, very, very much if you start giving them one regularly.

\There are three treats you can give my cat
\\Ridiculously expensive cat treats, milk, or potato chips.
\\\Guess which one we don't give her.
 
2013-03-01 06:34:44 PM

cptjeff: Mike Chewbacca: ////My cats are actually a bit underweight, so we've started putting either butter or bacon grease in their food for some extra cals, since they won't eat more food.

Saucer of cream or milk works too. As a bonus, your cat will love you very, very, very much if you start giving them one regularly.

\There are three treats you can give my cat
\\Ridiculously expensive cat treats, milk, or potato chips.
\\\Guess which one we don't give her.


I hadn't considered that because cats are lactose intolerant. However, I am as well, and heavy whipping cream doesn't have much lactose. So I just tried it, and my gray cat was all:

www.protias.com

while my little black and white guy (who is REALLY skinny at less than 8 pounds) is all

media.nowpublic.net

He's a little butter thief though, and he'll sneak the whipped cream topping off my frappucino if I'm not paying attention. BTW, you really shouldn't feed your cats carbs. If you want to give them treats, give them meat. My cats have turned into little beggars when cooking any meat products, and we're sure to give them samples (raw if beef, from the interior of the cut, or cooked chicken, turkey, or pork).
 
2013-03-02 06:53:02 AM

Mike Chewbacca: BTW, you really shouldn't feed your cats carbs. If you want to give them treats, give them meat.


Oh, she gets the occasional table scrap, don't worry, but I don't really count those as specialized treats, something we can give the cat when we give a treat to the dog. But she loves potato chips, which came as a total surprise when she ate one someone dropped and started begging for more. Won't give most carbs a second look, but she loves potato chips. I think it's the grease and salt.

But she goes nuts for milk in any form. If you're not careful, she'll go after a bowl of cereal, and it led to some hilarity when my mother left an unfinished White Russian out. Lactose intolerant or not, she goes nuts- turns out that there is a reason that stereotype exists.
 
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