It’s not just me or Dr. Jed–it’s every vet I know. As soon as we mention that Fido is getting a little thick around the middle, our pet owners who seconds ago loved us now stare at us with hatred and resentment in their eyes!
Why is it so hard to talk to pet owners about keeping their pets a reasonable weight?
From dog to hog, from rabbit to cat,
Most pets I treat are relentlessly fat.
True, I have my clients that are happy to hear this and work towards their pet’s optimum weight, but they are in the minority. Not sure if your pet is overweight? Ask a vet!
Today, as obesity in people is unanimously recognized as being dangerous for our heart, liver, kidney, joints, why isn’t obesity in pets given that same recognition, that same warning?
Barring medical causes of weight gain and decreased metabolism, pet obesity is something that pet owners actually have control over. If I had someone determining when and how much I ate, I am sure I would be much more fit than I am. Why don’t more pet owners realize this? Food is not love!
I once had a 42 pound dachshund as a patient. He was so sweet, and I loved his parents, but they wouldn’t do anything about his weight. His belly dragged the ground. When he died, he couldn’t even walk. In the world were we have control over very little, this is something pet owners should take charge of!
If your vet tells you that Fido is overweight, it doesn’t mean you’re doing a bad job! We usually have at least one pet on a diet.
Is there a better way to approach the topic? Let us know! This vet needs your input as to what the best “weigh” to talk to pet owners about when Fido the pooch develops, well, more than a pooch.