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Thread: Why More Food Doesn't Equal More Love.

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    Its said from 20-40 percent of dogs in developed countries are overweight or obese.

    Overweight or obese dogs are more at risk of diabetes, damage to joints, bones and ligaments, heart Disease, increased blood pressure, decreased stamina, heat intolerance, decreased liver function, digestive disorders, increased surgical and anaesthetic risk, reproductive issues, decreased immune function, increased risk of cancer, and most importantly a decreased quality and length of life.

    Breeds most prone to obesity;Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Weimaraners, Dalmatians, Basset Hounds, Shetland Sheepdogs, Kelpies, Mastiffs, St. Bernards, Great Danes, Elkhounds, English Springer Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, Pugs, Dachshunds, Australian Cattle Dog, Miniature Schnauzers, Miniature Poodles, Shih Tzus, Cavalier King Charles, Welsh Corgis, Bichon Frise, Border Collies and Cairn Terriers.

    Assessing your dogs weight;1. Running your hands along your dog's ribcage, you should be able to palpate the ribs covered by a thin layer of fat. Inability to feel the ribs is a sign of an overweight dog.
    2. Looking at your dog from the side, you should be able to see the upward tuck of the abdomen. An overweight dog will have very little or no tuck.
    3. Viewing your dog from above, there should be a moderate narrowing at the waist just past the ribcage. A straight or bulging line from the ribcage to the hips indicates an overweight dog.
    4. Pay attention to the breeds ideal weight. Although all dogs are different, if your dog is 10kg over the breeds general ideal weight, you know something has to be done.

    Obesity in Dogs - Canine Weight Management and Obesity Prevention for Dog Owners
    For tips on helping your dog lose weight^
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    My MIL needs to understand this.

    My FIL said that she keeps feeding their dog human lollies and the dog has runny poo all over the place because of it. My MIL just shrugged and said.. she loves them.

    Hello.. your dog is sick and has a tummy ache and diarrhea grrrr
    When her dogs get obese she is proud because it shows how much she loves them

    When I bought them their dog this time, I said.. this is the diet.. stick to it or she will get sick. Obviously I was ignored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    My MIL needs to understand this.

    My FIL said that she keeps feeding their dog human lollies and the dog has runny poo all over the place because of it. My MIL just shrugged and said.. she loves them.

    Hello.. your dog is sick and has a tummy ache and diarrhea grrrr
    When her dogs get obese she is proud because it shows how much she loves them

    When I bought them their dog this time, I said.. this is the diet.. stick to it or she will get sick. Obviously I was ignored.


    What breed is the dog?
    Maybe you could get her on the forum
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    She has a cavalier.

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    Good post Myf, but as the owner of an obese Border Collie I feel compelled to add that sometimes dogs are overweight due to health issues. My Border Collie has an underactive thyroid and my vets only diagnosed this last year. She got up to 37kg and her ideal weight would be about 24kg. People need to be aware of this because vets can't be relied upon. I spoke to my vet many times over 3 years about Tasha being grumpy, lethargic, putting on weight, etc until one of them finally decided to test her thyroid.

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    That is also true Mollinator, I understand that

    Im more aiming at people that, a) feed to much, b) don't exercise enough, c)don't realise their dog is fat and d)don't think a fat dog is a problem.
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    I wish I could somehow convey this to my grandma - she has a bichon x shih tzu who is extremely obese, but she's convinced that she can feel his ribs. What she can actually feel is rolls of fat.. and what might seem like a "long walk" to her (at 80 or so) is not such a long walk for a young dog. Sigh.

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    Hey Allie.

    I have a similar story http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-healt...bese-kccs.html

    You'll need to be tactfull but honest if she really cares for the pup

    Great sticky guys
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v450/Chippo/Dogsx4blackbackground.jpg
    ... Jade ...

    Aha yeah me too! wee wee or pee pee and poo poo's or poopie

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    Yes great sticky & you know I'd love to see some before & after photos added to this sticky. Maybe Chips grandma's cav can be the first & along with the pics a link to his thread like he has done in the above post.
    You know I have noticed how happier pets attidude in general is once they lose weight. At the vets I used to work at we had this cat that came in that was a nightmare to deal with 7 fat as. Well it toke over a yr but we finally convinced the owner to join the pet weight lose group ran at the pratice. another 18mths later & it was a different cat not just fitter but of a totaly different attidude.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Good post! Love is more excercise in many different ways. I think I need to show more love to my dogs.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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