Have you been noticing that pets are generally getting fatter these days? Of course you have, which us has wondering what will it finally take to get you to all have some mercy on good old Fido…?
Gothamist: Americans, by and large, are a bunch of fat, unhealthy bastards, and many of them (us?!) are also pet owners who lack the basic understanding that the diets of domesticated animals must be regimented. The most recent survey of veterinarians by the Association for the Prevention of Pet Obesity found that 45 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats were overweight or obese; this represents a 2 percent increase in dog weight problems and a 5 percent increase for cats.
Does this sound like soon our pets will soon be visiting doctors with us for all the wonderful savory things we get to visit our doctor for now that most of us are so obese?
“….pet obesity is no joke for animals who develop diabetes, respiratory disease, kidney disease, and other ailments. So after a vet told Texas dog owner Maribeth Ashley that her two dogs were at risk of developing hip dysplasia and heart problems, Ashley got a personal trainer to whip all three into shape. Now the three fatties “work through two-minute cardio blasts together,” according to LiveScience. “Then Ashley drops to the ground for crunches and strength-training while Jennie and Pickles practice obeying ‘sit’ and ‘stay.’
One day while you are watching TV and sucking on that big Johnny Dorito coke and pizza special your dog is going to come by and stick his head in your lap and gently look into your eyes as if his life depended upon it, to which effect you will suddenly get up and remove them to the balcony for the rest of the evening…