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I made my pets fat.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's true. My dogs are overweight and it is partially my fault. I showered them with love by giving them extra treats, giving some of my food off my plate, giving them meal leftovers, constantly refilling their kibble bowls for them to graze on, etc. And they got the same from my parents as well. And to add to the overfeeding they wouldn't get exercised properly. Oh, they'd run outside in the yard and play, etc, but it's not enough to burn off all those calories they feasted upon. A few weeks ago I noticed how bad it really was. My dog Spencer really started to show how he was suffering from his weight problem. He was listless, grouchy, was so round and bloated that he waddled when he walked, he had trouble getting up and moving and started to fear the porch step. It hit me that we were killing him with love and food was our weapon. I was so upset to see him that way that I went and talked to my family about it and they agreed that we couldn't continue as we were. So, the dogs have gone on a diet and have had lifestyle change. I measure their kibbles and dinners, they no longer are allowed to have leftovers or food from our plates, their treats are limited, we play more with them until they are panting and tired, and they've been going on evening walks. The result? They are happy! Spencer's mood has improved, he is no longer bloated and miserable. He doesn't waddle or fear the step, and he is generally more active. His harness is fitting better. His sister Sophia is doing well too. I'm so glad because I felt so worried and guilty. I want them to live long, happy lives. =)

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    My dog is too hyped up to gain!!!! Wild animal!!! Keep Sparkin'!!
    2223 days ago
  • KITT52
    emoticon ...they will live longer and they can love you longer too...
    2223 days ago
    Unfortunately, too often people equate food with love. In fact, (at least in my area) there's a new pizza commercial that's been playing a few weeks that says "Love at 375*" and every time I see/hear that commercial I want to spit nails. Food is not love! Food should never be equated with love or hate or feelings of any kind. Equating food with feelings causes eating disorders, both through starving and overeating.

    I'm glad you were able to see what was happening and change your ways. Too often people don't realize what their doing to their beloved pets and then they're upset when the pet dies at a young age from obesity. Vets are supposed to talk to an owner if pets are overweight, but I'm sure some are uncomfortable in doing so.
    2224 days ago
  • SHOES17
    We just adopted Keeper (Kia) and she isnt overweight. She is obese. I am walking her belly off. She is walking between one and three miles a day. I have her on light senior chow and I measure it. She has her own Sparks account where I track her exercise and weight. I am not doing as well with my cats. They are all overweight. They are declawed and live indoors. I recently bought a mouse on a string. I haven't been faithful, but I plan on getting them to participate in some play each night.
    Good luck! They are so beautiful!! emoticon emoticon

    I was reading the other day in Cat Fancy that the majority of cats are overweight. Some of this can be indoor lifestyles and open feed bowls. We have open food bowls and I am not exactly sure how to fix that problem. My 19 year old is a healthy weight and he has always had an open bowl.
    2224 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/20/2013 1:33:09 AM
    what we do to ourselves, we also do to our companion animals, who depend on us to take care of them. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2224 days ago
    It is so easy to spoil our pets. My dog had to lose weight too.
    2224 days ago
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