Dear Labby (Concerned & ChubbyDad)
I love dogs and really want to help out my local dog rescue, but I just can’t provide a forever home right now (work schedule & living situation). How else can I help?
Dear WantstoHelp, There are so many things you can do to help out and your local shelter or rescue agency would take you up on it in a heartbeat, so call them TODAY. You can:
- Foster a pet for a short period of time.
- Help out at adoption events.
- Donate time, like SlimDoggy does, by taking foster dogs on walks, runs or hikes (helps make them more adoptable).
- There’s always financial assistance too – don’t forget about that!
Readers – what other ways can WantstoHelp, help?
Dear Labby, I have a friend with a Dachshund that weighs 15 lbs. My friend tells me that she is fine and is only 4 pounds overweight. I’ve seen those news stories about that poor Obie who weighed 77lbs, maybe I shouldn’t be worried. What would you say to her?
Dear Concerned, To a human, 4-5 lbs doesn’t sound like a lot – for Biggest Loser Contestants, they can lose that in a day! But for a small dog like a Dachshund it would classify them as obese. Yes, I said obese. An average miniature Dachshund should weigh between 10-12 lbs. That 4 lbs. is over 30% of their target weight. The point is that even a single pound can make a big difference to a dog, especially smaller breeds.
Readers, what do you think – how many lbs does it take before YOUR dog is overweight?
Dear Labby, Seems I’ve been reading a lot about our pet’s weight problems and that it is the number one health issue that our pets are facing. So my puppy is a little chubby, what’s the big deal?
Dear Dad, I really do believe that this is a top issue. Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, strongly believes that this is the most important issue we face today regarding our pets. The reason is simple—there are so many health related problems that are a direct result of your dog being fat including:
- Shorter life
- High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease
And it is so simple to address the issue. Dog owners can nip these problems in the bud by simply watching how much and what they feed their pet…and maybe getting off the couch and going for a walk once in awhile.
Readers, what do you think? How big a problem is pet obesity? (Pun intended;))
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