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. =)