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  • Why More Food Doesn't Equal More Love.

    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^
    Education not Legislation

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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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    • #3
      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
      Education not Legislation

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      • #4
        She has a cavalier.

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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            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.
            Education not Legislation

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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                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
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                ... Jade ...

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

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                • #9
                  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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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      Love this post, myf! One of the things I'm most passionate about is exercise for dogs, not only for physical health, but mental health also. Shockingly, our Bichon is scrawny despite how much he eats. I've had to cut Carl's food in half because he's starting to look porky...he has a slight waist and I can definitely feel his last few ribs, but unfortunately for him he has a long and low shape!
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                      • #12
                        good post
                        I worry a lot about what my dogs eat and that there is no competition
                        There are no paths, paths are made by walking
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                        2 Schnauzers, 1 mini girl 13 months, 1 standard boy 19 months.

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                        • #13
                          My friend's dog is obese because he feeds him more food instead of limiting the dog's food. He said he can't bear hearing the dog's bark every time he tries to lessen the dog's food.
                          Border Collies are like potato chips, you really can't have just one…

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                          • #14
                            ? wish my mother could read this..
                            She believes that there is a bond between love and feeding without stop and I have to fight with her everytime not to feed secretly my dogs whenever she has the chance..Of course my dogs know very well how to manipulate her and when she is eating with us they put their faces on her knees looking starving and miserable..
                            "Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boringit was peace."

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                            • #15
                              l.kyveli

                              I have the same problem with certain people. I just have to keep my dog away from them, even if it means she has to spend a lot of extra time on lead - including inside.

                              I also have the same problem with a neighbour - originally from Persia - who doesn't eat anything herself but invite me over for coffee and then tries to feed me gigantic slabs of cake and many biscuits and gets upset when I don't eat it and then insists on me taking stuff home. I put the food in the bin and then I have to wash her plate up. Sigh. Must be the culture.

                              Maybe you could give your mum some appropriate treats and teach her how to reward "shake hands" or other tricks. I want my mum to spend some time training my dog so my dog can stay over at her place occasionally but she doesn't get it. My mum is the opposite to my neighbour - no food for anybody or dog.
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