Skip to comments.Animal Obesity A Growing Problem In The US
Posted on 02/27/2013 5:23:06 PM PST by Biggirl
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) Much like their human owners, animals have to deal with unwanted weight, too.
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Take them out for a walk and kill two birds with one stone.
LOL, you should see my Blue Heeler. Normally a very lean breed. She is as big as a VW Bug.
I thought the enviros wanted to kill all our pets, at least cats and dogs? Do they now want them fit and trim when they gas them?
But, we want all our animals heavy! Heavy cattle, sheep, hogs, chickens, rabbits. We get paid by the pound!
Do YOU want to try taking my cat for a walk?
I already knew roughly 50% of Americans were liberal, but had no idea that half the animals were also.
My kitties get quite plump in the winter when it’s not fun to go outside & play in the rain & mud. But come summer, they get into fighting trim.
PING this one over to you!
PING this one over to you.
Oh no. Look for a FIDOCARE plan to be sponsored by some idiot dem next week, using money saved by sequestration!
Manufactured pet food is not what cats and dogs are meant to eat. Corn, soy, wheat, and all kinds of cheap fillers are not for their teeth or guts. I would guess that more pets are indoor pets than they were a few decades ago; therefore, they have fewer opportunities to hunt for what they need.
"That's a fat lab, son."
>Growing problem with weight and pets. <
Read the average dog food ingredients and the first thing on the label is corn. Dogs and cats eat meat in nature. They are not designed to metabolize grain. So, they get fat, just like feedlot cattle, when fed a dog food with a high grain percentage.
I assume this is a crisis requiring immediate government intervention?
Maybe Chewbacca can kick off a “lets fetch” campaign funded by corporate jet owners and big oil.
I agree. I think it’s the terrible “food” many people feed their pets. I used to be one of them until I got smarter about the food I feed myself and saw the benefit of feeding my dog a better quality dog food. My dog is going on 12 and is still slim and in good health, in fact, she’s never had a health problem.
Mine all eat grain free food.
Egad. If there ever was an answer to the question of “Why do the poor in the Third World hate us?”, this issue would be a good one.
I hope that’s not a pic of a real dog.
If it is,it’s animal abuse.
Try substituting 1/2 her kibble with cooked green beans. The green beans will provide the extra bulk to satify her so she won’t realize she’s been put on a diet. You can use either canned or frozen green beans, I prefer the frozen because of the sodium in the canned green beans.
I warm the green beans with a little canned dog food and the pups eat ‘em right down.
LSAggie (posting on hubby’s account)
I’m appalled how people are always stuffing their dogs full of treats. It’s disgusting.
I saw this personally by my husband’s uncle who loves English Springers. When I first met the family I saw how fat their current dog was. They had a whole closet full of dog food and whole variety of treats. They loved giving treats all the time. The dog loved it. This dog was 100 lbs. Bloated as a hog. The corker was when a person at the park they walked in (where the dog was a popular fixture, and regulars there also gave him treats) thought he was a St. Bernard! ROFL touche!
My husband said their previous Springer, female, was not food motivated. But they always shoved food in her face. He said the dog looked tired of their harassment and seemed to be looking at them like “if I eat this 1, will you stop bugging me?” She was not fat.
Please tell me that picture has been photoshopped. Just an observation about the subject at hand. All my overweight pets have been former strays. They would never or have never pass/passed up an opportunity to eat. I guess the learned behavior to eat whenever they found food is really hard to unlearn.
Now, any of the kittens these strays had before I could have them turned into its are proof positive there are calories in air. They eat only what they need then find their way to a sunny patch on the floor, the sofa or my bed for a nap.
I wouldn’t believe it, except I’ve seen my uncle-in-law’s dog.
There’s actually a theory that it’s the bacteria in our gut that has gone haywire. Rats being used for scientific experiments are getting fatter, but are being feed exactly what they’ve always been fed.
I call him livestock for lean times. He does not see the humor in it at all.
>I got smarter about the food I feed myself and saw the benefit of feeding my dog a better quality dog food.
I’ve had 2 dogs live to be 18+. I find quality dog food keeps dogs living longer and needing just a check-up from the vet, instead of constant skin problems, heart disease and obesity.
My latest stray is a Lab that weighed 58 pounds when I took him for his initial vet visit. The vet told me..”let’s get some weight on him” (I agreed, he was way too thin for his size)
So once his health problems cleared up and he was eating regularly he weighed in at about 70 pounds. Good weight for his size,imho. So the vet tells me...he needs to weigh about 50 pounds, less than he weighed as a stray. I’m still confused.
He’s an old guy. Unless his weight gets out of control..I’m gonna let him eat.
I used to live in Montgomery County, Maryland. The County Council actually tried to pass a leash law for cats.
Cats were never meant to be inside animals....they have claws and hunting abilities for a reason. Now, they are stuck inside small apt.s never walking on grass or climbing trees. They get very little exercise.
I agree. I’ve been doing some reading on the subject (pertaining to cats, specifically). Cats can’t digest carbohydrates; the pasty, grain-heavy dry food we give them is very bad for them. I fed it to every cat I’ve owned, and I only wish I had known better. One of my cats was diabetic, and I’m convinced dry food was the culprit.
There are other benefits to grain-free, all-protein diets for cats. Their coats stay in better condition, they don’t have as many hairballs, and they suffer less gum disease (contrary to dry food makers’ claims of teeth-cleaning, the stuff actually cakes up into a paste on the gumline).
The next cat I get will definitely have a meat-only diet.
My two adult kitties get all the outside time they want. I know they do at least a little climbing, as often as I see them walking along the top of the fence or on the roof.
Near as I can tell, they don’t do a lot of hunting. Apple occasionally chases bugs, but mostly just suns herself. And Patch (my rescue kitteh) definitely needs more exercise; she’s starting to look pregnant.
As long as he doesn’t waddle, let him be happy and eat what he wants.
‘If it is,its animal abuse.’
Most of the cat food in the stores is loaded with corn...you can see the light come on when I ask people when was the last time they had to chase cats out of their corn patch?
Just a brief story about my favorite furry friend, Big Red. (Still miss you, big boy.) Approximately 3 years before he passed away from cancer, he developed an upper respiratory infection and lost his sense of smell partly and stopped eating. He had diabetes, so this played havoc with his blood sugar levels. We got this cleared up and out of the way. I decided when he got home, he could eat the food he wanted. It was a type of food for kittens, but he loved it. Normally, this was kept away from him due to his ever increasing weight. When he got home, he was presented with a bowl of this food. He looked up as if to say ‘Are you sure this is OK?’. I told him it was OK. As soon as I did, he planted his face in the bowl. I remember that moment to this day. What is the point in perfect weight if your furry friend/family member is miserable? Let them eat what they want, within some boundaries of reason, and let the chips fall where they may. You’ll both be happier with less stress.
Not sure what you are saying. What do your healthy, happy dogs eat?
What dog food do you feed your dogs, and what do you look for in a dog food?
Sorry about your buddy:( I have several in my past I still miss so I know what you are talking about.
I have to agree with you. There comes a time when, as long as things aren’t overboard, it’s best to let them eat what they want..or are able to.
This old guy of mine had obviously spent some time on his own. Based on his appetite when he wandered up, he was starving. Unless he starts showing a weight problem, I’m gonna feed him. Heck he’s old! I hope at some time near the end of my life someone doesn’t tell me...no, berdie, you can’t have that cookie.