Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Fat cat, fat dogs, fat fatty fat fat.

If the park newbies and their pristine runners are anything to go by, a lot of people over indulged during the christmas break(myself included), and a lot of folk are starting off the new year with good intentions.
Huzzah I say! I applaud anyone with the gumption to get up and do something about their fat instead of eating their body weight in jelly babies and compaining about thyroids and water retaining medicine, (hear that mother!)
I have little or no patience with lardy ass folk who complain about being fat but do nowt to change or alter their lardiness. Conversely I have all the time in the world for lardy ass folk who are just that, lardy and happy with their look. Well done, if you're happy, I'm happy, the world still spins.
Screw it, life is short.
But lately it's not just folk that are getting chunkier. There is a growing number of chunky pets, and now the powers that be are starting to sit up and take notice. Perhaps they smell easy money in the air. Naturally the States are leading the charge.
"WASHINGTON - Is your hound round? Too much flab on your Lab? Is your husky, well, husky? A new drug may provide some help. The government approved the first drug for obese canines on Friday. Called Slentrol, the Pfizer Inc. drug is aimed at helping fat Fidos shed extra pounds."
Dog Obesity, it seems is on the rise.
"A dog that weighs 20 percent more than its ideal weight is considered obese. That takes in about 5 percent of the nearly 62 million dogs in the United States. An additional 20 percent to 30 percent are considered overweight
The liquid drug appears to reduce the amount of fat a dog can absorb. It also seems to trigger a feeling of satiety or fullness, according to the FDA.
The prescription drug also can produce some unfortunate side effects, including loose stools, diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy and loss of appetite."

Sigh. I mean sigh, seriously, sigh.
Okay, for the cheap seats at the back, here is a fool proof way to stop your pets becomming obese without the need to subject them to drugs that might be a danger to their health, are you ready...
Most dogs by and large will eat just about anything you give them, cheese bread with lashings of butter, chips, curry, pasta, anything at all. That doesn't mean you have to give it to them. You're just killing them with kindness. Dogs, especially as they get older, do much better if they are kept fit and lean. It takes the pressure off their joints and keep their hearts in good nick.
My mother's dog, Bobby Ewing, is a fat bug-eyed spaniel, who snores, wheezes and is rather...farty. He can't walk far because of his tremendous girth and spends a great deal of his time asleep on the end of my mother's bed. He eats what he wants and turns his nose up at 'real' dog food. He has arthritis. Bobby Ewing is eight. He's a gorgeous little chap, playful and good natured, but exhausted and aged from carrying around the extra weight.
No amount of us telling my mother that she is harming her beloved pooch with all the biscuits and crap she feeds him makes the slightest bit of difference. Bobby Ewing turns those bug eyes on her and she give in, immediately, if not sooner.
I can see it now, people will turn to these drugs to 'help' their dog's weight, rather than say, 'well sheet, maybe I should walk him an extra mile every evening.'
It's a quick fix world we live in, always with the quick fix.


Anonymous Sinéad said...

Crikey. Disco Fred is getting a little chunky (he's carrying some Christmas weight) but nothing a few laps in the park won't sort out.

Apparently in the US, doggy treadmills are big news for dog owners that are too lazy to walk their pets.

1:03 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Doggy treadmills? Please tell me you are kidding.

2:05 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no words. How stupid and lazy are people getting? If you can't walk or exercise your dog enough to keep it in good health, why bother owning one? That's the #1 reason I don't have a dog - I don't have the time to care for it, and exercise it properly. It's animal abuse, just as bad as beating, in my opinion.

2:42 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

Most dogs by and large will eat just about anything you give them, cheese bread with lashings of butter, chips, curry, pasta, anything at all

Not just dogs - that description fits an awful lot of people - including me when my control falters.

However, obese pets is obscene. If you're going to have a pet, you are obliged to look after it properly

3:15 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Exactly. Why would you have an animal and not take care of it? Surely one of the greatest pleasure-to me anyway- is roaming across parkland with a happy filthy mucky mutt gamboling about beside you.
Taking care of a dog means knowing what is best for it. My mother thinks she is being kind to Bobby, but she is not, she is shortening his lifespan and limiting his activities. He's a little dog and he weighs probably fully 50% more than he should.

3:26 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It isn't that complicated. Feed the fuckers less.

Oh, and take the fuckers out with you.

And let them off the lead to chase birds.

How hard can it be to figure out?

2:02 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait until the fat fuck owners start OD'ing on the dog's meds.Hmmmm that's not a bad idea come to think of it.

5:39 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

"How hard can it be to figure out?'"
Well Bock it would appear not everyone is blessed with the gift of simple thinking. Or rather it is the age old, 'not my fault' style of thinking. Has to be some other reason if Fido is getting lardy. Drugs will sort it out. Go drugs.

10:17 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hangar Queen mentions humans ODing on it. It's hilarious that they are posting warnings about humans not taking it. Like the people who give doggie diet drugs to their dogs are smart enough not to take the pills themselves.

7:15 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Treadmills may seem silly to some people or make the ignorant (non-dog owner) snicker at a (real) dog owner that chooses to utilize a treadmill. I am a proud Siberian Husky owner and walked my dog 1.5 hours twice a day. Additionally, I tied him to the neck of my bicycle and he ran next to me from anywhere between 2-5 miles each day on top of the walks. To my dismay, this *was not* enough for him!
As the winter months approach I have decided to use a treadmill that will help him stay sane (since riding my bicycle in constant snow/slush is too dangerous).
I have been trying to put him on the treadmill for about 30 minutes per day and it appears to be working wonders! Little did I realize when people said that Huskies "need a lot of exercise," thay Huskies run about 30-40 miles per day in the wild! That's what a working dog owner is up against! So, before you go and call a dog owner lazy (and there are alot of them!) try to think about why someone may need a treadmill before you start judging them in ignorance.

3:38 a.m.  
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