That’s because obesity in pets can cause all sorts of serious health problems. Many of them are similar to the ones that human suffer.
There is added danger with Dachshunds because the breed is prone to back issues. Excess weight around the middle pulls on their backs and can case disk disease or make an existing problem worse.
Although I refrain from offering unsolicited advice out in the real word and on social media, I talk about my feelings on pet obesity pretty openly on this blog. I will also be dead-straight honest if someone asks me if I think their dog could lose a few pounds (yes, I do sometimes get asked since I know a lot about dog fitness and Dachshunds).
I think that too many people tiptoe around the issue trying not to “hurt anyone’s feelings”. Unfortunately, I think this “whisper in the corners” approach does not raise general awareness around the issue and allows people with overweight pets to live in denial.
I know that my approach may be misunderstood by some and attacked by others because I can be blunt but I want to clear a couple of things up right now.
1) I don’t think there is any use in living in the past.
My goal in having a discussion is to bring awareness and offer helpful information to move forward from this point. I do not criticize, insult, or otherwise berate any dog owner for letting their dog become obese. My focus is on encouraging owners to take control of their pet’s health through a positive and supportive environment.
2) I recognize that reducing pet obesity is not always as simple as feed less and exercise more.
There can be many factors that lead to a pet becoming obese. While I believe that things like “Grandma won’t stop feeding Frank pizza” or “I just can’t say no to those sad eyes” are preventable, I recognize there are ailments such as Cushings Disease that can cause obesity and is largely out of the owners control.
While I do make general statements about pet obesity and fat dogs, it in NO WAY should be interpreted to mean that I am judging any particular person or situation. I strongly believe that only the owner can know their own unique circumstances and has the freedom to make their own choices about the issue.
3) I have followed a lot of conversations around obese pets and some are outright hateful.
There are always a few people who are so moved by these situations that they feel it necessary to exclaim “that owner should be shot”, “that owner should be arrested for animal abuse” or “those owners are stupid and shouldn’t own animals”. I kid you not, these are real comments I have read.
I appreciate that people are passionate about pet obesity. I am too.
Although I respect a wide range of views on this issue, any comment deemed by me to be insulting, attacking, abusive or “hurting more than helping” left on my blog or Facebook page will be removed.
4) I really do want people to be able to see when their pet needs to lose weight and want to do something about it.
Like human obesity, pet obesity is a growing issue in the United States.
When a pet is obese, it can lead to a whole slew of health issues and shorten their life.
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