I see many dogs in my everyday life. At the Spca, at the dog park, in Petsmart, etc.
I would say that the majority of them are overweight, with a rough guesstimate of about 20-30% being (what I would consider) morbidly obese. :-\
There are a few at the dog park especially that I have bitten my tongue about. One, who I would consider in the 20-30% category, whose owner brags about being able to free-feed her with no problems. "And she's a lab, you know they're always a little chunky, they're supposed to be". : :-X
And another lady whose dog looked very uncomfortable in his movements. I would venture a guess and say that this dog has some sort of hip problem, but I'm obviously not a vet. This dog was also in that 20-30% category. And he was only 11 months old.
And with no exaggeration, I have met two beagles in my entire life that were not fat. And beagles are pretty popular around here.
So, do you say something in situations like this..?
And, if so, how..? "Hey your dog is fat" obviously isn't going to help anything.
Is there a way that you can say it that it might be received in a constructive way..? ???
My neighbors Lab, that I have heard for 6 years but only met last month, could lose 30-40% of her body weight and still be heavier than HK who is about the same height. I offerred to take her with me to the dog park on the weekend and then found out she has not seen a vet in five years and needed shots. I told them if they got the shots up to date, I would be willing to take her, but haven't heard anythign back.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
I don't think it's your duty to point out the obvious. Nor do I think you should.
I personally feel this would be along the lines of pointing out to a person that they need to drop a few pounds. It just breaks all of Miss Manners rules.
Nope. No way. No how.
I would probably not say anything unless an opportunity presented itself. It is so sad that people allow their animals to get in that shape.
I often joke...actually is alot of truth to it...that I take better care of Tal and Midnight than I do myself. They are totally dependent on me for their care and I figure how can I betray that trust?
As for the woman who said that labs are supposed to be chunky...that's crap. Studies have shown that their chances of living longer and healthier are improved if they are a little on the lean side.
I would definitely say something, because I was a guilty fat lab owner, and my baby suffered from it. My last lab, Callie, was 115lbs (yes, you read correctly ). She was FAT and I was too stupid back then to listen to reason, and she suffered so much because of it. I'm determined to not let Riley get fat, she's at a good weight I think of 65 lbs. I don't know if it would make a difference by telling someone about the health issues, but I wouldn't be able to not tell somebody after my experience.
What I struggle with is this:Originally Posted by ChowHound
"IS it obvious?" I don't know that these people are aware of the very serious health risks their pets are facing due to obesity. So many pet owners will say, "He's so cute chubby".... I don't think that they realize the gravity of the situation.
I feel like everyone (pretty much) knows the health risks of being overweight themselves, but not everyone knows the risks that 4 legged animals face, know what I mean?
And, would I want someone to say something to me, if I really just didn't know..? I don't know. I would hope that I could be receptive to that. :-\
You have to have rapport to say certain things. The point would most likely be missed.
Oh, I forgot about the 'how to tell them' that you ask. I would just come out and tell the human, dude, you dog is FAT. Please please please get your sweet pup on a diet. This is my experience........... and then I would go on to tell them my experience and stupidity (I would use my stupidity to "soften" my lashing ;D).
In a few of the cases mentioned, I do. How would I use that?Originally Posted by Scout
I would probably not say anything. But if I did, it would be something like "Has your vet said anything about your dog's weight?"
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