They *are* animals.
AND SO ARE WE.
I haven't heard of a weight-reduction medication that works, for them or for us. Not sayin' it's not out there - I wouldn't be the least surprised. But they don't work for us.... they're not going to work for them, either.
The trouble with people and feeding (I suppose ourselves OR our pets) is that most owners just can't say "no" to a petitioning pet. They can't resist the treats, the table food, the free-choice feedings... and most folks feed grocery brands, which, while not exceptionally bad in most cases, still aren't the best choices. But it's preferable to not feeding at all, which I've (unfortunately) seen in more cases than I care to remember. When you're strapped for cash, sometimes the pets' food is the first thing removed from the grocery list. I can't understand it: if you can't feed them, give them to someone who can. But people will be people. Thankfully, those sorts are in the minority.
Veterinary healthcare is worlds from what it was when I was growing up. A specialty clinic near where I used to work had an MRI in-house, and they'd occasionally (rarely) get people coming in who couldn't get scheduled in any of the nearby human healthcare facilities. Crazy.
Times keep on a-changin'
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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