I have a friend who loves her dog very much, but her dog is at least 20 pounds overweight.
He’s a middle-aged, large-breed dog, and we all know larger dogs generally don’t live as long as smaller dogs.
When I see this dog, I think, oh, if you could just lose the weight I know you’d be around a log longer.
But how do I say this to my friend?
I don’t. But should I?
What would you do? Do you comment on your friends’ or family members’ fat dogs?
I don’t, because it’s not really my business.
People and dogs are overweight for a variety of reasons. It’s not always a matter of eating less and exercising more, although that almost always helps.
[quote_right]There are other factors like side effects of medications, thyroid issues, diabetes …[/quote_right]There are other factors like side effects of medications, thyroid issues, diabetes, etc. It’s not always black and white.
I remember when another friend adopted a dog who was already overweight, and random strangers would criticize my friend while she was out walking her dog.
People would say things like “How can you let him get so fat?” They would imply she was a bad dog owner without knowing any details.
Only, my friend wasn’t the reason her dog had gained so much weight. She was the one helping him lose the weight through diet and exercise.
Sometimes people need to just mind their own business.
I have never broken the news to any person I love by saying something like “I care about you. I want you to be around a long time. How can I help you lose weight?”
And I have never said anything similar about someone else’s pet. But I have thought about it plenty of times.
All I really do is lead by example.
My own dog (below) is lean. My cats could stand to lose a small amount (couldn’t we all?), but they are thinner than most indoor cats.
I walk and run other people’s dogs through my dog walking business.
A couple of these dogs are seriously overweight and I cringe when their owners shower them with extra treats just because I took the dogs walking. They end up gaining more calories than if we hadn’t walked at all. Sigh …
You could almost argue that the most common form of dog neglect in the United States is overfeeding!
So anyway, I’m curious …
Do you call people out on their fat pets?
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