Weight Loss for Dogs maybe sounded silly 20 years ago, but today is another valid problem we inflict on out pets.
I gave Susie over processed chemical filled treats, not realizing that they were making her obese and also they were really bad for her. – Like giving a dose of chemical filled poison several times a day.
Now, in hindsight, after seeing the calorie content in some of the foods I gave her, I realized (too late) Susie had been getting more than her daily caloric needs in junk food alone.
She should have been 20 – 25 pounds. This weight requires appox. 690 kcals daily for optimum health.
When she died she was 48 pounds. Yikes! Three milk bones during the day used up 1/2 of her daily requirement. Honestly I didn't know all this until after her death.
I still miss her and she has been gone since September 2005.
Although, in my defense, she did not have an actively working thyroid, and was on thyroid medication her whole life. We all know that a misfiring thyroid does cause weight problems for us, and this also holds true for dogs.
Also, until the dog food recall scare, a lot of us didn't even think about what was really in your dog's kibble.
This awareness all started mainly after the dog food contamination and resulting deaths of many dogs in 2007.
Obesity in out pets is a national epidemic, just as it is with us, the owners.
We've become more sedentary, and dependent on processed high fat foods, and we love to share with out pets.
Todays veterinarians have more obese pets than 15 years ago.
Now that I am educated, I surely would have given Susie a much healthier diet, and am 100% sure that some of her ailments wouldn't have been so troublesome, and her weight would have been more appropriate. She would have lived longer and healthier.
I think back, and of course have guilt, but because of Susie's untimely death and the recent dog food recall I now can take better care of my present “girls” Lady and Lola.
These Susie pics show her at different weights over the years.
- The first one was at 8 mos., and I had had her for two months by then. She was so emaciated when I first saw her at the puppy mill I was sick to my stomach. Here she has already gained 10 pounds. (Maybe this is why I overindulged her eh?)
- Next she is finally healthy around the age of 2, and not too overweight yet. Just pleasingly plump and up maybe 5 pounds from optimum weight.
- Susie's weight was always going up just a few pounds every year at her check ups. Never any drastic increases all at once. The next 3 are all when she was tubby, but not really obese
- A side view of Sue, where all is exposed. Can't hide that extra weight here! Susie was at her heaviest here – 40 pounds. She was supposed to be 25 pounds.
Love your pets, and remember we speak for them.