"The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals." (Anonymous)
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"The day my life changed for the better was the day I met Killian, my Border Collie Angel. I have always loved animals, but I didn't know anything about Border Collies. A friend of mine was a breeder and she had her first litter. On impulse, I had to buy one.
This little puppy, known as King of the Pups, attached to me immediately. I would lie down on the floor and he would lie on my chest. If I left the room, he would cry until I returned. It didn't matter if someone was in the room with him or not. I felt the pull on my heart strings. Little did I know that I was making such huge investment in myself. From that day forward the Border Collie formerly known as 'King of the Pups', became Killian, my personal angel..." [Continue Reading]
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Canine obesity is on the rise. People lead such busy lives and what they eat, and how much they exercise, also affects what they feed their dogs and how much exercise their dogs get. It can sometimes be hard to realize that your dog is fat, especially for those breeds that have thick coats. But canine obesity is a serious health risk for your furry pal and taking action now can help him to lead a healthier life.
It's important to remember that an extra 5 pounds on your dog means more than an extra 5 pounds on a person. An extra 5 pounds on a normally 50 pound dog, for example, is 10% overweight. An extra 5 pounds on a normally 20 pound dog is 25% overweight!
Fat dogs are at higher risk for health problems which can lead to shortened lives. On the other hand, fit dogs who are at a healthy weight tend to be more active which means they can enjoy all sorts of activities with their people.
DIFFICULTIES IN RECOGNIZING OBESITY IN DOGS
I was chatting with a vet one day at the dog park, and she told me that many vets are uncomfortable telling pet owners that their dogs are fat. Some pet owners take it as a personal insult, or are upset because they think that their dogs are being insulted.
Often times your dog's weight gain is gradual, and you may genuinely not notice that it's happened: you now have a fat dog.
Some people don't know how to assess whether their dog might be carrying some excess weight too. It's particularly hard with the fuzzy, fur-ball types of dogs. This is where a consultation with a vet can help you determine if any action needs to be taken to bring your pet back to a healthy weight.
The first step is to recognize obesity. Then steps can be taken to help your dog lead a healthier life.
CAUSES OF CANINE OBESITY
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