24 Feb '12, 3am

Is Pet Obesity Underestimated? | Care2 Causes

I can think of a couple of things that contribute to pet obesity: the general idea that food=love and the lack of exercise that many pets experience. My dog Shadow gets more pleasure from my playing with him or giving him special attention than from a food treat; he does like "human food", but I find he's satisfied with a teaspoonful mixed into his dog food at mealtime. I'm not able to give him long walks due to my arthritis, but I have a large yard with birds, frogs and squirrels for him to chase, which keeps him trim. No one meeting him would guess he's nine years old. I recently adopted a 2nd border collie, Lizzy: she looked a little fat to me (although it was hard to tell due to her thick coat), and my vet confirmed she needs to lose a few pounds: so I've cut back on the amount I feed her and am giving her more time outside for exercise. I realize that many pet owners ...

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