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(Daily Mail)   Half of Britain's eight million dogs are overweight. Your dog wants steak, which is the problem   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 25
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2014-08-17 05:29:16 PM  
They can't stop eating. They eat because they're unhappy, and they're unhappy because they eat. It's a vicious cycle. Now, if you'll excuse me, there's someone I'd like to get in touch with and forgive... myself.

/*Farts*
//Sorry. I farted. It's a long road ahead.
 
2014-08-17 06:19:32 PM  
i.ytimg.com
 
2014-08-17 06:20:44 PM  
It's not the dogs fault,  they're just big boned,  or have thyroid problems.
 
2014-08-17 06:22:06 PM  
Fatty dog pic thread!
/Poor fatty dogs.
 
2014-08-17 06:23:07 PM  
You're just high on Thin Privilege! Stop Body-shaming! Just because they have diabetes and severely damaged hip and knee joints and organ failure because of their weight doesn't mean being fat is bad! Strut around, little, dogs, be fat and proud! If your legs still touch the floor, I mean.

/Yeah, feck you, Tumblr.
 
2014-08-17 06:23:45 PM  
If half of Britain's dogs are overweight, I would think half of America's dogs are morbidly obese then.
 
2014-08-17 06:41:03 PM  

Boo_Guy: It's not the dogs fault,  they're just big boned,  or have thyroid problems.


I've always thought that owning a fat dog is the best counter argument to all that "it's not my fault I or my kids are fat," BS. 9 times out of ten I see an obese dog owner, the dog is also morbidly fat. Does the dog also have a slow metabolism?
 
2014-08-17 06:43:57 PM  
Actually no, steak would not be the problem, subby.
 
2014-08-17 06:52:36 PM  
Nobody and no dog is overweight on account of steak.
 
2014-08-17 07:07:05 PM  
Half of all people are average or above-average weight, and half are below-average weight.  It works the same for dogs, and height, and income, and ...
 
2014-08-17 07:14:41 PM  

TeamEd: Boo_Guy: It's not the dogs fault,  they're just big boned,  or have thyroid problems.

I've always thought that owning a fat dog is the best counter argument to all that "it's not my fault I or my kids are fat," BS. 9 times out of ten I see an obese dog owner, the dog is also morbidly fat. Does the dog also have a slow metabolism?


I grew up with dogs,  my whole family is on the pudgy side,  our animals never were. It's not hard to give them the amount of food they're supposed to be getting.  Even with extra little treats or throwing them some table scraps they were never overweight.  Heck we didn't even walk them that much and still not overweight.  We did have a good sized fenced backyard though.

I guess some people just fill the dish to full and refill when needed maybe?  That doesn't work for all dogs,  if they had to fight for food when they were young they will gobble every piece of kibble they can get,  even if it means barfing it up 5 mins. later.
 
2014-08-17 08:51:14 PM  

CJ The Rev: Half of all people are average or above-average weight, and half are below-average weight.  It works the same for dogs, and height, and income, and ...


If I recall correctly, the charts used to determine if humans are overweight use numbers from the 1970s before the obesity epidemic took off.  So, in fact, MORE than half of Americans are above the average weight [of Americans in the 1970s].
 
2014-08-17 09:04:43 PM  
Bet the dogs have bad teeth too.
 
2014-08-17 09:07:03 PM  
A better headline would've been "...your dog wants steak, not junk food" or something similar because steak isn't the problem.
 
2014-08-17 09:07:26 PM  

Guilty_plea_bargain: If half of Britain's dogs are overweight, I would think half of America's dogs are morbidly obese then.


But do America's dogs glass each other at closing time?
 
2014-08-17 09:16:01 PM  

CJ The Rev: Half of all people are average or above-average weight, and half are below-average weight.  It works the same for dogs, and height, and income, and ...


No No NO.  Stop it right there.   Average and median are not the same thing.

Half of all people are below the MEDIAN weight.   The MEDIAN.
 
2014-08-17 09:58:24 PM  
 
2014-08-17 10:23:25 PM  
the dogs are never going to not want steak, that's not the problem. The problem is *you* giving it to them.
 
2014-08-17 10:28:01 PM  
Take your dog for a walk.

No, not just outside to crap and then immediately back inside.

Go around the block or down the street.  Hell, the 30 minutes of exercise would be good for you too.
 
2014-08-17 10:53:16 PM  

silverjets: Take your dog for a walk.

No, not just outside to crap and then immediately back inside.

Go around the block or down the street.  Hell, the 30 minutes of exercise would be good for you too.


THIS^^^^^ and instead of a treat, another walk!! They love walks.
 
2014-08-17 11:01:06 PM  
Our dogs get fed once a day in the morning.   They get one treat when I get home from work and sometimes one in the late evening.  The vet always compliments us on how healthy they look
 
2014-08-18 12:30:05 AM  
Only ones who can ear English cooking.
 
2014-08-18 09:28:01 AM  
If only people would also realize the financial considerations and risks to keeping a fat dog.

Diabeetus? Sure! Factor in the cost of glucose curves at the vet (or a glucose meter and strips if done at home), insulin, needles and speshul expensiv diabeetus-dog food from the vet, and maybe keeping Fido a little skinnier seems more ideal!

Heart disease and high blood pressure? Bring it! Be prepared for regular trips to the vet for chest x-rays, occasional trips to the specialist for an echocardiogram (if you can afford it, that is), blood pressure checks (no, it's not a quick in-n-out procedure), and meds for everything!

Cruciate tears, back problems, early-onset arthritis? Of course! Sure, they can happen to healthy pets, especially those prone by design, but does it really sound ideal to have an already-fat pet on CAGE REST, EXERCISE RESTRICTION and most likely a cabinet full of pain meds due to a problem that may have been more preventable by keeping the dog at a more ideal weight.

Even anesthesia is different in overweight/obese pets. While not always the case, fat dogs and cats tend to wake up more slowly because all the anesthesia is held in the fat. And best of luck to the vet trying to do a thorough abdominal exam on a fat animal--there is a very high chance that something potentially serious (especially in older animals) can be missed because the body habitus gets in the way of palpating organs.

And please don't fall into that whole "my dog needs speshul fatdog weight-loss food from teh vet." Monitor caloric intake, increase aerobic exercise incrementally, and don't feed the bag recommendations (they're usually high anyway). My dog is in better shape than me, and it's because feeding and exercising her is a lot easier than it is keeping my own portions in control and my own aerobic activity a regular thing.
 
2014-08-18 10:17:40 AM  
I'm sure they, unlike the English, have their teeth.
 
2014-08-18 06:32:05 PM  
My great-uncle's family had a wiener dog the size and shape of a large marrow (or in Americanese, a very large water melon). You know--what a zucchini becomes if you don't sneak it onto the neighbour's porch under cover of darkness. (You bastards! We'll get you as soon as the green tomatoes are ready to pick! We'll leave a bushel on your porch! Two bushels!*)

Poor thing. It wasn't a wiener-shaped wiener-dog. It was more of a 50 pound boneless ham.

*Country warfare. Less deadly than urban warfare but just as much strategy, spying, stealth and tactics. Nobody has too many green tomatoes. Except people who grow tomatoes.
 
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