By Anonymous - 25/09/2016 04:27 - United States - Cabot
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tbh you deserve it for allowing your poor dog to become overweight
Different breeds have different exercise and food requirements. A husky, for example, needs far less food and far more exercise than a golden retriever. Having a slightly chubby dog isn't awful and may be metabolism, but if a dog is ~very~ overweight there's a problem and it's almost exclusively the owner's fault unless someone else is feeding the dog too. It isn't cute and it can kill them or ruin their backs and joints. You're supposed to start at half or 3/4 the recommended amount of food daily (even a diet food) and keep an eye on the animal's weight. If they lose weight, add a bit more, if they gain weight you decrease the amount. Feeding whatever is on the bag exactly normally gets you an overweight animal because it's not tailored to your dog and is entirely generic on purpose. Especially if a walk is just around the block for 10-15 or even 30 minutes a day. It's like a human getting obese from eating 3 big macs a day and their only exercise is to the car to drive to McDonald's again.
if your dog is getting at least an hour of exercise and is still overweight, you're feeding too much. It's true that metabolism varies between dogs, that's why most food companies give a range of amounts to feed, but your dog is overweight because more energy goes in than comes out.
Also do not forget some medical problems and surgical procedures dogs could have that could cause weight gain or not be able to lose weight. I have been around more then one female dog that had a litter of puppies (all more then 4) then were immediately fixed after having the litter and it left them with the baby weight that they can't get off no matter how much of a diet and exercise they've been given. Also a lot of dogs can gain weight just because of being fixed, depending on the breed.