Is it weird that I almost feel like fatphobia is seeping into how people take care of their animals? I have to watch videos on animal nutrition for my job and I just finished watching one on overweight dogs. And all of their beliefs on overweightedness is based on one study involving 14 subjects, half of which were purposefully overfed. And literally they're suggesting cutting your dogs food amounts in half, then admitting it can lead to poor coat quality and stuff from lack of nutrients??? Cont
Like I’m afraid I’m just being bitter and/or reading too much into it but it kinda bugs me because as long as your dog is happy who cares? I mean obviously you have a responsibility for their health as their pet parent but I don’t feel like starving your dog to make them “skinny” is very nice toward them
My dog has been big since he was a puppy. He is a dachshund, and he’s almost 13 now.
About two years ago he hurt his back jumping off our kitchen table. We took him to the vet to make sure it wasn’t anything serious. She spent the first 20 minutes fretting about his weight. She ordered tests of his metabolism and grilled me about his feeding. Finally, she evaluated his pain, but only after I got frustrated and asked her for evidence that longterm weight loss is actually possible for dogs (she had no evidence).
So yeah, I think people project their fat phobia onto pets. The diet pet-food industry grosses millions each year.