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Animal Obesity A Growing Problem In The US
CBS ^ | 26 February 2013

Posted on 02/28/2013 5:14:34 AM PST by jda

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Much like their human owners, animals have to deal with unwanted weight, too.

KCAL9’s Sibila Vargas reported that animal obesity is an epidemic across the country with more than 50 percent of pets now overweight.

Natasha, who owns an adorable dog named Colonel, said she knows her furry friend has overindulged in food.

“Every time he goes up the stairs, he expects a treat. You spoil them and then you don’t realize what you’re doing,” she said.

For the past few months, Natasha has been working with Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles veterinarian, to help her dog lose those stubborn extra pounds.

Werber said cutting calories is the key.

“If you looked at the calorie content of those treats, it would comprise probably one of their two meals. So by doing this on a daily basis, giving them 30, 40 percent more calories than they need, you can imagine what’s gonna happen after a few years,” he said.

To figure out if a pet is on the heavy side, Werber said, “You want to see an indentation in the waist. When you see them like a box, that’s too big, it’s like a coffee table. Likewise, if you can grab too much skin, it’s too much. You want to be able to feel the ribs, not see them, but feel them.”

(Excerpt) Read more at losangeles.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animals; obesity
Michelle, Oh Michelle, have you seen this? Where's Michelle when you need her? Don't tell me she's on vavation ... again!?!
1 posted on 02/28/2013 5:14:38 AM PST by jda
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To: jda
I've got one athlete and one rolly polly.

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2 posted on 02/28/2013 5:19:22 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jda

..simple, just stop them buying 16oz cokes


3 posted on 02/28/2013 5:21:21 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: jda

I guess CBS was running out of news story material. That article is a sign of desperation...lol

Here’s a news article you can run, “Signs everywhere that Obama is going to be impeached during this presidency” or “Why do flies love Obama?” that would increase your readership at least 50%


4 posted on 02/28/2013 5:21:29 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jda
RE :”Michelle, Oh Michelle, have you seen this? Where's Michelle when you need her? Don't tell me she's on vavation ... again!?!”

Michelle has plenty of junk in her trunk and shouldnt talk.

This is good one for Bloomberg who just outlawed large bottles of soda from being sold by certain types of food stores. Come on Bloomy, your city dogs are getting fat. Fix it.

5 posted on 02/28/2013 5:22:34 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: jda

A lot of dog owners think they’re giving good treatment to their animals by plumping them up on table scraps, etc. All they’re doing is fast-tracking them to an early death.


6 posted on 02/28/2013 5:25:49 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: jda

What we have here is a need for Federally Funded Midnight Basketball for dogs.............


7 posted on 02/28/2013 5:29:39 AM PST by Lockbox
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To: jda
Here's a short video illustrating the potential extent of the problem for overweight animals.
8 posted on 02/28/2013 5:35:40 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz5_YeHaaHo


9 posted on 02/28/2013 5:47:36 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ScottinVA

I don’t think packaged pet food has even existed for much more than 100 years. At this point, packaged pet food is like “Chinese roulette”.


10 posted on 02/28/2013 5:50:33 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jda

We now have doggy parks here. Our forefathers are rolling over.


11 posted on 02/28/2013 5:51:37 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: All

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.


12 posted on 02/28/2013 5:52:11 AM PST by Fawn (In a World of Information, Ignorance is a Choice.)
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To: Sacajaweau

What’s wrong with that??


13 posted on 02/28/2013 5:53:06 AM PST by Fawn (In a World of Information, Ignorance is a Choice.)
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To: cripplecreek

Without reading the article my first thought was this was about mooch-elle, the Worst Lady.


14 posted on 02/28/2013 5:53:21 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: jda

Are animals sitting on their asses all day playing video games while eating boxes of Zingers?


15 posted on 02/28/2013 5:55:11 AM PST by Old Yeller
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To: ScottinVA

My neighbor is a really good runner, very fit - she wins ALL the local races and beats nearly all the men. They have a fat, fat young dog she walks half a block to poop and he never romps with their children, who are pretty active.

Whereas I am definitely a walker not a runner, but our dog walks three miles a day with me, has a rowdy racing time most days off-leash with some other dogs, and plays vigorously with our children. She’s nice and slim. Dog treats are a waste of money - she gets little bits of kibble as a reward, the occasional piece of cheese or peanut butter.

Plus whatever she can steal - in the last two days, half an apple, a quarter stick of butter, 16 peppermint patties, some carrion deer and some deer and goose poop.

Once they get fat they don’t want to play or run any more.


16 posted on 02/28/2013 5:55:13 AM PST by heartwood
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To: jda
"Animal Obesity A Growing Problem In The US"

There ought to be a law and a Police/Swat Team to enforce owners (er, custodians) to not over-feed. All dogs must be registered and weighed once a year. If the Department of Domestic Animal Custody guidelines determines a dog is not within weight standards, they will be put down for their own good. Oh wait, the Police already do that for no damn reason.

While they're at, all cats must wear neck cones so as not to endure the torture of coughing on hairballs. It's for the children - think of the mental trauma a child endures when seeing Tabby choking and spitting up - the horror, the horror.

Actually, there should be a law that dogs are not allowed to lick there behind and then lick their custodians. That one, I would support :)

Forgot, dogs should not be allowed to lick their privates in a public place under public indecency laws.

Do I have it covered? If so, contact your local representative and demand they make it so. Or you can tell them to eat your pet's poop. Your call...

17 posted on 02/28/2013 5:56:24 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: ScottinVA
"A lot of dog owners think they’re giving good treatment to their animals by plumping them up on table scraps, etc. All they’re doing is fast-tracking them to an early death."

Oh, boohoo. Poor fido doesn't live to be 18 rather than 16, but is happy being with the family at dinner. Join Mooshele and her fat ass in dictating who should be fat, skinny, or otherwise. Actually, most people take good care of their pets as I've seen in my 63 years, even better than their children sometimes - animal cruelty notwithstanding.

Here's a thought: Start your own grassroots movement to stop over-feeding pets. You could call it, "Pets - Familiarization About Food (P-FAG)".

18 posted on 02/28/2013 6:10:14 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Old Yeller

My dogs get baby carrots for treats.


19 posted on 02/28/2013 6:26:00 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Same with our terrier and he goes crazy for them!


20 posted on 02/28/2013 6:27:11 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: cripplecreek

Good choice, mine love them too; a crunchy little sweet treat and packed with nutrient goodies.

Plus I’m pretty sure it gives them x-ray vision ideal for spying and rooting out their vermin nemeses.


21 posted on 02/28/2013 6:31:24 AM PST by Dysart
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To: ScottinVA

negative


22 posted on 02/28/2013 6:32:51 AM PST by Dysart
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To: SparkyBass

The carrots keep their teeth clean too.

The male is nutso for pears from my pear trees too. He goes nuts when I shake the tree to bring them down.


23 posted on 02/28/2013 6:33:55 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: A Navy Vet
Here's a thought: Start your own grassroots movement to stop over-feeding pets. You could call it, "Pets - Familiarization About Food (P-FAG)".

That would be P-FAF.
24 posted on 02/28/2013 6:39:50 AM PST by Old Yeller
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To: A Navy Vet

Ditto, good points Navy Vet. Let me add my two cents from a breeders standpoint. Not intended for you, just the board in general.

All dogs are natural gluttons. They will eat until they puke. It goes back to when they were wolves. They did not know when their next meal was coming. Eat as much as you can right now. Survival of the fittest.

They main problem is most of the dog food is crap. It is full of carbs(grains)not protein(meat). Read the label. If the first ingrediants are corn or rice, do not buy it. The more expensive food you do not need to give them as much.
Buy your food at the pet food store, or Tractor Supply not Walmart or the grocery store.

Secondly, most people over feed their pets. If your pet is too fat, cut back on the amount of food you are feeding them. If we want to take weight off a dog for showing, we supplement with green beans. That also means they excrete less. Less to pick up later.

Lastly, pets need exercise. Just like us overweight Americans. Take your dog for a walk. It is good for both of you.


25 posted on 02/28/2013 6:40:07 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: A Navy Vet

What the f*** is your problem today?

Did I say anything about activism or government dictation? Do what you will with your pets if you have them, but I expressed an opinion as a dog owner. Get over it.


26 posted on 02/28/2013 6:49:05 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: cripplecreek

We have two chihuahua’s...tried giving them baby carrots....they just spit them out!!


27 posted on 02/28/2013 6:59:42 AM PST by ontap
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To: Old Yeller
"That would be P-FAF."

Yes, not enough coffee. I meant Pets - Familiarization About Grub. Guess I better keep my day job since I'm not a comedian.

28 posted on 02/28/2013 7:05:08 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: woodbutcher1963
All dogs are natural gluttons. They will eat until they puke.

Mine don't. They've still got roast beef from last night in their bowls. However they've never been truly hungry so food isn't urgent with them.
29 posted on 02/28/2013 7:05:58 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek; SparkyBass
My dogs get baby carrots for treats.

Really? Baby carrots? I'll have to try that. Our little yorkie is startin to get a little tummy on him.... but, he is 8 years old, and he still runs in a frenzied circle (on a cable) in the front yard when the mail lady comes by.

He HATES that mail lady... and, white dogs... and, anyone walking a dog, or walking themselves, or actually anyone just getting a little too close to my wife's butt... which, is why I keep him. :-)

He's my guard dog! :-O

30 posted on 02/28/2013 7:06:10 AM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: Doogle

FR needs a “like” button for posts like yours! =^)


31 posted on 02/28/2013 7:17:04 AM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: SomeCallMeTim

Absolutely loves ‘em.
He loves apples, pears, peas, blueberries, etc...

...and peanut M&Ms (no, we don’t ‘give’ him those... our 16 YO daughter left a 1 lb bag on the floor of her room and Winston found ‘em. Ate 3/4 of the bag and was a raging psychotic mutt for a day and a half. Hope to NEVER go through that again!).


32 posted on 02/28/2013 7:20:39 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: ScottinVA
I apologize. It was mostly meant to be sarcasm, while giving you my opinion about over-feeding. I shouldn't have included Mooschele's dictatorial beliefs in feeding our own children certain foods. Guess, I'm getting a little sensitive about the nanny state when I read the article. Sorry, could have worded it better.

BTW, my tiny Min-pin-chi is the happiest dog I've ever had. Her bowl is full of hard food (yes, mostly carbs, but lots of fiber and good for tartar), and I share my chicken salad with her which she gets so excited about. Unlike many dogs, she eats only when she is hungry. I love her more than I love people, except for the SO. Best I say that in case she reads this - har!

33 posted on 02/28/2013 7:21:25 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: SparkyBass
As with people, the single most important thing is exercise.

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34 posted on 02/28/2013 7:32:07 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jda

This is getting enough press as to be almost ominous.

Imagine a new federal agency in charge of animal fitness and diet. They are clearly intrusive enough to do it.

1) Federal animal licensing.
2) Mandatory veterinary insurance.
3) An animal ownership tax like they have in some parts of Europe.
4) etc., ad nauseum.


35 posted on 02/28/2013 7:33:24 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: A Navy Vet

Much appreciated. I’ll bet your Minpin-chi is one energetic (and protective) little dog! Cheers!


36 posted on 02/28/2013 7:38:59 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: Lockbox
What we have here is a need for Federally Funded Midnight Basketball for dogs

that only stops them from shooting one another.

37 posted on 02/28/2013 7:39:48 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: woodbutcher1963
Agree with all. That's why I share my protein with my miniature Pin-Chi when I eat. She has her hard food for fiber and tartar and some carbs. Guess she is the rare dog that only eats when she is hungry...her bowl is always full.

My Abby-girl makes me so happy as a lap dog. Her best times (mine too) is when she is curled up on my lap and licking my fingers. Some would say she is obsessive about that, but it makes her happy - so why should I care? She licks until she goes to sleep again on my lap, and then wakes and wants to attack my foot or chase her toys in the room - it is beyond cute watching this tiny thing trying to be ferocious...:)

Never thought I would care so much for such a tiny little thing (4lbs). I've always had larger dogs like German Shepards, Irish Setter (clumsy and stupid, but big heart), and at least Cocker's for pets. This one just steals my heart every time she comes up on the couch and nestles in.

And yes, when she's outside to get her "sunshine on", I always make sure she is protected from the hawks and coyotes we see on occasion. The slider is open only enough for her to fit through and we have a dog fence that keeps her enclosed.

Sorry to rant on about my little girl. What do you breed?

38 posted on 02/28/2013 8:04:30 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy; A Navy Vet
Imagine a new federal agency in charge of animal fitness and diet.

Oh, GREAT! You've given the leftists an idea they haven't thought of, yet. I can see it now - ObamaCare for Pets.

39 posted on 02/28/2013 9:41:06 AM PST by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: Old Yeller

“Every time he goes up the stairs”

Yep that pretty much sums up our two spoiled mutts. Everytime they go in or out the door they expect a treat. Most of the time they get one. :-)


40 posted on 02/28/2013 10:09:54 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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