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[–] lastditchtryforaname 0 points 31 points (+31|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Fuck, you've just totally triggered me. I am a Registered Veterinary Technician and I am constantly explaining to people that their pet is FAT. I know it's going to sound stupid but there is a huge issue with the "normalization of pet obesity". People are literally unable to recognize what a healthy weight looks like in a dog or cat, if they see a hint of rib visible (which is what we want to see in a young large breed dogs) or a defined waist or abdominal tuck they actually freak out and think the animal is starving. Then they start feeding it a bunch of table scraps or treats and shit because it "won't eat". Further questioning reveals it does eat but simply doesn't eat the whole trough of food they've put out (at least not until they cover it with bacon or spaghetti or ham or something).

I am constantly having to explain that if a dog is hungry it will eat, if it's not eating the kibble you've offered or won't accept a carrot as a treat then it's not fucking hungry!! Now, cats are another story (they will actually starve themselves sometimes) but most people overfeed their cats and have jo clue what a healthy weight looks like in a cat or dog.

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[–] GuntPunt 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

I know it's going to sound stupid but there is a huge issue with the "normalization of pet obesity".

This doesn't sound stupid, we already have this with humans and talk about this on here all the time. People these days have no idea what a healthy weight is. You get people in the overweight BMI range being told they are too skinny. You got people at the high end of healthy being told they are anorexic. You have parents who see their obese children as being 'normal weight'.

People have lost all perspective when it comes to fat.

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[–] lastditchtryforaname 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I guess, with people, I find it easier to chalk up to delusion, denial, or mental illness. I find it hard to understand how people can look at their dog, see a slight indentation where a waist should be, and have them genuinely freaking out about it thinking their dog is starving just because it's NOT shaped like a sausage. with some breeds (pugs for example) many owner have literally never seen an example of a healthy weight animal.

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[–] ShitArchon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This doesn't sound stupid, we already have this with humans and talk about this on here all the time.

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[–] theepilepticferret 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I'm also an RVT. A few years ago I went to a lecture where they were showing slides of animals that were normal, overweight, underweight, and obese. There was one slide of a chocolate lab who was obese, and the presenter asked by a show of hands how many people thought the dog was above normal weight. Only about 1/3 of people in the room raised their hand - and keep in mind this was all veterinary professionals. I think the speaker designed the presentation to be a bit misleading to drive home the point that even to vets and RVTs, sometimes obesity can look normalized. But I always found that if a client didn't give a shit about their own weight, they weren't going to care about anything you said about their pet's weight :(

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[–] ShitArchon 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

there is a huge issue with the "normalization of pet obesity". People are literally unable to recognize what a healthy weight looks like in a dog or cat, if they see a hint of rib visible

What else do you expect given that we've normalized it in humans and made noticing it taboo?

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[–] YamaMaya 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I hate when people make their pets fat. Pet obesity is not funny or cute. Your cat should not be more than 8lbs give or take for larger breeds.

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[–] DopeandDiamonds 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What? My cat is 15 pounds. Perfectly healthy and in her ideal weight range 15-17 pounds according to my vet. No idea what her breed is but she is a massive girl. Long and tall.

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[–] Carsandsarcasm 0 points 27 points (+27|-0) ago 

This really bothers me. Fat logic is so deeply ingrained that it was shocking for her to receive a simple and obvious truth. She was expecting you to give some half hearted bullshit like maybe her dog had bad genetiks. Even though you are the only one who actually has good intentions, you are now the bad guy because you hurt someone's feelings.

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[–] GOMAD_OR_GFYAD 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

The concept of "food has consequences" is totally shocking!

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[–] Nofats_will_MAGA 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

But tubblr told me there is NO connection between food and weight, it's all random!

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[–] Skinnyman 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Poor doggie is just big-boned/naturally larger/guhnetics REEE

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[–] GreffeduFoie 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Letting a dog outside to pee isn't walking it...

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[–] KJkrunch 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Or poop. And you know hams don't bother picking up their pet waste.

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[–] JackAttack 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

It's so awful when fatties force their bad habits onto others. Especially animals since they can't control it themselves

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[–] Damnpasswords 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

How do they even manage it? What do they feed them? Most dogs are smarter than that

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[–] lastditchtryforaname 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

A lot of dogs will eat until they make themselves sick. This is, in large part, due to a push towards making commercial dogfoods very highly palatable. A good quality dog food should only be moderately palatable otherwise it encourages overeating. It's much easier to overindulge in the "bacon cheeseburger" of super delicious dog foods vs. the "grilled chicken and roasted veg" version of healthier food, if ya know what I mean?

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[–] green_man 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Lots of dogs will just keep eating, gulden's are very prone to this. Just look at the way this golden eats versus a German shepherd. I limit my dogs food intake otherwise he would be a fat fuck.

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[–] GrammarStalinist 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

The messed up thing is that when I read about fat pets, I often have a brief initial reaction of "the owner should be forcibly overfed to see how they like it", because the thought of identical abuse being inflected on its perpetrator is pleasant justice and being forcibly overfed sure seems like a horrible punishment to me. Of course, 99+% of the time, the owner of a fat pet is already overfed of their own free will. :(

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[–] Nofats_will_MAGA 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

you are killing it with food

That is some harsh truth. Every fatty needs to be told that. "You are killing (yourself / children / pets / whatever) with food". Well done OP.

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[–] Damnpasswords 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I raise my dogs with a continually full (dry) food bowl. They never know scarcity and self regulate (easier with smart breeds) which means that the average mutt is smarter than a fat (until they hit ~15, then some need a more tightly controlled diet)

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[–] DalaiFarmer 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Same here, bowl full of food, leave it to him.

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