Comments on Chronic Disease Grows with Pets’ Waists

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skiw9748   Hartford, AL

12/15/2012 12:54:51 PM

Thanks !

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Kris   Salt Lake City, UT

5/18/2012 1:06:15 PM

It is so sad to see overweight dogs. They are made to be active, and love walks and exercise, and when owners fail to provide this the dog gets fat and depressed. And on top of that if the dog isn’t getting a good dog food, it’s a double-whammy for bad health. My dogs get daily walks, eat Natural Balance, and get regular check-ups with our vet. Owning a dog is a big responsibility, but worth it!

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Alicia   Hollister, CA

5/6/2012 8:32:35 PM

Thanks

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Stephanie   Canton, OH

5/6/2012 7:16:45 AM

Thank you!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

5/2/2012 4:37:20 PM

Yep, it's definitely good to keep the weight off! And dieting alone rarely works. Dogs need exercise!`

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Kiley Rae   Omaha, NE

5/2/2012 4:23:26 PM

I'm glad to see DC seriously mention this issue & as someone in the training & volunteering worlds, I can attest it truly is a "big" (no pun intended) & common problem. I believe part of responsible dog ownership is understanding your breed, its requirements, & choosing the right breed with the right personality is key. A breeder can help with this, but you can help yourself with education & by learning some dog body language
cues.
Very Common Example: A person loves to garden, doesn't have much land, lacks a heavily reinforced fence...then picks out the most "animated" Husky from a litter. Disastrous series of choices. They're physically beautiful but have certain drives & needs most people can't fulfill.

I've personally owned (since childhood), trained, & volunteered with rescue Rottweilers. Favorite breed by far. But I could also tell you 100 reasons NOT to own the breed as well, because they inherently do have a high level of requirements... ALL of which a responsible Rottweiler owner must do. This heavily includes avoiding age-related hip injuries & obesity. Good article.

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