>>Subject: Re: FAT, FAT, FAT dogs
>>Date: 3 Jun 1994 18:24:25 GMT
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>>To anyone tuning into this thread, you should be able to easily
>>feel your dog's ribs and see a waist--unless you have an extremely
>>hairy, cowlicky dog. Perhaps we humans are all doomed to have
>>eating disorders to some degree or another, but it's truly pathetic to
>>inflict our neuroses on our dogs. I would never criticize a person's
>>weight--but I have no qualms about calling a dog fat.
>>Scott (who could lose a few, but whose dogs are lean and mean. :-)
> Although Pecos is a "lean, mean, fighting machine", my parents have two
> female Goldens, 9 and 12 years old - grandmother and granddaughter, who are
> both overweight. I've tried to convince my parents to switch to low-fat, lo-
> cal dog food, but my mom claims that it's just too expensive. I know, she's
> not an exemplary dog owner :( The 9 year old gets plenty of exercise, but
> she's still fat. The 12 year old has difficulty walking a lot, especially
> since my parents house is on a steep hill (they live in Colorado).
> Has anyone ever dealt with a situation like this? If anyone has any advice
> on ways to convince my parents to be more responsible dog owners, I'd be
> grateful. If I lived closer (I'm in Indiana), I'd just take care of the
> dogs myself. I really hate to see the dogs like that. Especially since
> it wasn't so long ago that they were absolutely beautiful.
> Thanks in advance!
> Patty and Pecos (and Brandy and Amaretto, the fat Goldens)
We had this situation with my mother's dog, a terrier cross, who was
grossly fat and fed all kinds of junk. We lived in the same town at the
time, so saw him often, and tried to persuade/nag her that she was
doing him no favours. He stayed with us a couple of times when she went
away for a week or two, and was fed dog food, walked regularly, and
improved noticeably, but went right back to her regimen when she returned,
even though she could see he was a different dog after he had stayed
This was a dog whose stool, due to his poor diet, was often *white*,
and the dog often constipated. *NOTHING* we said made a difference.
He did not make old bones.
As a side note, my mother (now very old and I'm not about to nag her
any more) has a cat that is forced to drink milk exclusively, because
that is what cats drink, after all. She is never offered water.