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Old 01-09-2013, 10:19 AM   #26 (permalink)
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People need to listen to their vets, I think.
I get a lot of comments on how slim Roxy is, but when I mentioned her weight to the vet, she said that she is ideal...as long as she has lots of energy and a good appetite.
She said that she wouldn't "complain" if she gained one or two pounds, but an overweight dog is at greater risk for bad health. This risk is greater than the benefit of having "insurance fat" for sickness.
Half the dogs I see at the dog park are overweight. And that's just the dogs that are getting exercised. If your dog looks like a barrel on legs, its fat. It bothers me too.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:23 AM   #27 (permalink)
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People need to listen to their vets, I think.
I get a lot of comments on how slim Roxy is, but when I mentioned her weight to the vet, she said that she is ideal...as long as she has lots of energy and a good appetite.
She said that she wouldn't "complain" if she gained one or two pounds, but an overweight dog is at greater risk for bad health. This risk is greater than the benefit of having "insurance fat" for sickness.
Half the dogs I see at the dog park are overweight. And that's just the dogs that are getting exercised. If your dog looks like a barrel on legs, its fat. It bothers me too.
That's a hard statement to put stock in, my last boss was great at making sure dogs were a true optimal weight....the vet of the lab in my previous post see's no problem with his slightly to heavy and definitely to heavy for his two fake knees weight.

When it comes to proper diets and weight vets can be on both ends of the knowledge spectrum on actually knowing anything I've noticed.
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"When it comes to proper diets and weight vets can be on both ends of the knowledge spectrum on actually knowing anything I've noticed."

Indeed, vets can be all over the place when it comes to knowing anything at all about Doberman health, I digress.
I should have said, people need to find reliable medical support for any conclusions they come to about their dog's health.
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That's a hard statement to put stock in, my last boss was great at making sure dogs were a true optimal weight....the vet of the lab in my previous post see's no problem with his slightly to heavy and definitely to heavy for his two fake knees weight.

When it comes to proper diets and weight vets can be on both ends of the knowledge spectrum on actually knowing anything I've noticed.
We had an area veterinarian here a few years ago who dodged abuse/neglect charges on starving horses to death, by surrendering her license to practice and agreeing to pay restitution to tax payers and the rescue who took in the surviving animals. (She never did pay, naturally.)

I know a current vet here whose own dogs are so morbidly obese they can barely manage a few steps out the door to potty.

So yep, vets are all over the place on this, and the shame of it is, my experience is most folks with overweight pets will just keep switching vets 'til they find one that will tell them what they want to hear, or at least enable them by keeping their mouth shut.
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Now-a-days, Many kind of proteins foods are available for pets especially for dogs. I have a dog, From last one year she was too weak, then I start a good and best healthy products which are recommended by doctor and now she is healthy and more energetic also.
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One of the dogs that I groomed a few days ago was also morbidly obese. I wish I would've taken a picture. She called it a "Cavachon." I'm assuming a Cavalier X Bichon? She told me he weighed 50 pounds! He was huge! He was approximately the height of our am. cocker spaniel but was a barrel at least a foot and a half in diameter.

On top of the dog being so obese, he had at least one fake knee. Couldn't stand more than a minute or two on the table and was matted as matted could be in the rear end.

So so sad.
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