American pets almost as fat as humans

We love fat pets, according to the Wall Street Journal, a daily tome that keeps track of such things.

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Crestor is his Ace up his sleeve.

It makes sense a Krispy Kreme-lovin’, exercise-hating society that is itself busting at the seams would have chubby furry pals. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention more than half of all dogs and cats are overweight, 20 percent are obese, a kinder way of saying “really fat.”

The pets are doing better than their two-legged friends – WebMD says 63 percent of Americans are overweight, 36 percent obese — but only because they can’t open the fridge themselves at 2 a.m. and grab a midnight ice cream snack.

Or perhaps they have secret access to these $600 puppy treadmills?

46 comments Add your comment

BettyLouMay

February 23rd, 2011
1:25 pm

One diet pill a day covered in peanut butter has kept me and my 5 dogs slim and fit.

Oscar Llewellyn

February 23rd, 2011
4:50 pm

Puppy treadmills? Give me a break. These people treat their pets like they were children. I used to feed my dog dollar store chocolate and he was obese, the vet told me to stop but it was the only thing hte poor thing looked forward to every day, actually several times a day. I got another dog when he died and this time I feed it lots of veggies like onions and so far he’s not fat.

Morris

February 23rd, 2011
5:55 pm

My 5 year old cat is beginning to pork out, up to 20 lbs. already. All he does is sleep about 18 hours a day and eat. Before you try putting a cat on a treadmill or walking him on a leash better make sure your medical insurance is up to date.

Vet Student

February 23rd, 2011
6:39 pm

Onions and chocolate are both toxic to drugs and are extremely poor choices for dog treats. Better choices would be apples, carrots, or green beans. The dog won’t be fat because it will be very ill or dead.

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Thomas Breeman

February 23rd, 2011
8:09 pm

Why do we have to make fun of our cats and dogs, when there are plenty of fat ass people out there that need ridiculing?

Thomas Breeman

February 23rd, 2011
8:10 pm

@Vet- my dog loves blooming onions from Outback. Are you saying that this weekly treat could be harming him? I thought if they were battered and fried that it was okay. And by the way, he is NOT fat.

Mona

February 23rd, 2011
8:24 pm

My baby rescue kitty ‘Gator Gargantuan’ weighs 12 pounds @ 9 months; appears to be well proportioned-only problem, he busted through Citi Kitty toilet training seat

Steve

February 23rd, 2011
8:59 pm

I’m 44 and I’m slim and trim, and so is my 10 year old dog BECAUSE WE GET EXERCISE and we DON’T SUPERSIZE our meals. Durr….lazy people.

Cheryl

February 23rd, 2011
9:21 pm

Just because you want to stuff your fat face with Doritos all day does not mean you should make your dog too. The healthiest diet for all dogs is just 1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese and a couple celery sticks per day.

Dr. Cheryl

February 23rd, 2011
9:37 pm

Thank you Dr. Cheryl. I will feed my Newfoundland that cottage cheese and celery diet and see how he does.

Frank

February 23rd, 2011
10:18 pm

Everything in moderation is fine. I smoke 3 cigarettes a day, and smoke a little weed and do a little coke here and there. I’m as healthy as they come. Chocolate and onions are fine as a treat for dogs. As long as people and their pets don’t overdo it then they will be very healthy.

Joe

February 23rd, 2011
10:33 pm

How’d you get so smart about dogs, Frank? Are you a vet or something? Tell us more. My dog keeps butt surfing on the carpet. You got an answer to my problem, Dr. Frank? I say let your pets eat whatever the hell they want, even if it is a double whopper with cheese and extra onions. Hell, they don’t live that long anyway.

Nick the Dick

February 23rd, 2011
10:37 pm

I bet Cheryl is a fat ass. It’s always the fat ones that like to give dieting advice. I guess since they’ve had the most practice with them.

James Monroe

February 23rd, 2011
10:40 pm

I think that a cat with a gambling problem is much worse than one with a few extra pounds.

dawg & kitty doc

February 24th, 2011
12:18 am

@thomas breeman-yes, both chocolate and onions can be toxic to pets. Chocolate depends upon the type and amount. Dark chocolate is the most toxic and small amounts can be fatal. Also-onions can cause a fatal anemia (low red blood cells). As a Veterinarian, I do not recommend anyone feed their pets chocolate or onions. Beware also of grapes and raisens. They can cause kidney failure and there is no determined amounts that can cause problems. If humans want to feed their pets human food, please stick to lean chicken (white meat only, not fried), fish (not fried), white meat turkey (again, not fried), veggies (other than onions), and rice/pasta.

dawg & kitty doc

February 24th, 2011
12:22 am

@joe-you may want to check with your vet about your dog’s anal glands!!!

Cats

February 24th, 2011
5:29 am

My cats aren’t fat, just big boned.

Cheri

February 24th, 2011
5:53 am

Mmmmm.. midnight ice cream snack. I love my superfat, obese, extra lard midnight snacks!

Vivian

February 24th, 2011
6:54 am

@ Thomas Breeman- Onions damage a dog’s kidneys. I’m sure the oil used to batter the onion isn’t great either. If you love your dog, give him bits of granny smith apples-my dog loves them!

Vivian

February 24th, 2011
6:57 am

It’s folks like Thomas and Frank that make me think we ought to give a test to dog owners. Just because it “may be good for humans” doesn’t mean it’s good for animals. Read up on the dos and don’ts before giving your dog people food.

RedNeck Rick

February 24th, 2011
7:08 am

Y’all got jokes this morning! Thanks for the laughs.

My 18 month old part Maine Coon is 23 lbs and growing. He’s just enormous but he doesn’t eat a whole lot. His 13 lb sister eats more than he does. The vet says both are in good health and are just “good old fashioned forest cats”.

Juno

February 24th, 2011
8:06 am

@Oscar—You are an idiot.

policehorse

February 24th, 2011
8:17 am

Dogs develop hemolytic anemia if they eat enough onions.
Dog & Cat owners beware.

Catlover

February 24th, 2011
8:37 am

My cat’s body is very large (probably obese, but i haven’t been to the vet in years to have it checked), but his head is quite small. I don’t think it’s a problem until the head starts to get large like the body. All he wants to do it lay around and eat. I tried taking him jogging with me the other day, but he only made it about 1 mile before he got too tired and I ended up having to carry him while I jogged. I have scratch marks all over my body. I let him lick my wounds and they still look infected. I even put some wet cat food over my scratches to encourage the licking, but he stopped after the 2nd can. My question is- does anybody know if they make running sneakers for cats?

Bobby Janson

February 24th, 2011
8:50 am

If a dog needs a treadmill and the owner has one in the house – why is the owner not using it? Also Thomas B, you’re right we have too many damn fat people to look at. Some of us only wish that we can gain a few pounds and any ideas that wont give me a heart attack would be nice.

Chris

February 24th, 2011
9:07 am

I have a ~7 year old boxer that I can’t GET to gain weight. It may be from the 3-7 mile runs I take her on, but she’s so skinny her ribs show. So what food do they have to help a dog to pack on a little weight?

crackbaby

February 24th, 2011
9:35 am

Dogs like meat and chewing on bones. For chrissakes look at their teeth! Celery, carrots, cottage cheese?! Are you kidding me! Certainly there are some intentional B.S. posts above (Catlover) but you folks are mental.

For THOUSANDS of years, domesticated dogs have survived on the leftovers of people. Here’s a news flash – they like to chew on bones. People who promulgate the myth that cooked bones (not chicken BTW) are bad for dogs are clueless.

Turn off the TV / Computer / X-Box, go outside and play with your dog!

CAP

February 24th, 2011
9:45 am

Cheryl, sounds to me like animal abuse if that’s really all you feed your dog….I feel sorry for the dog! Why not try giving him a balanced meal of dry food and veggies per day!!! Please tell me your not really starving your dog! Best thing is walk your dog every day and put them on a balanced and healthy diet……along with a lot of love!!!

Kar

February 24th, 2011
9:50 am

Those puppy treadmills are illegal in many places because they’re used to train fighting dogs.

Kingfish

February 24th, 2011
10:10 am

If you have an overweight pet, the owner is not getting enough exercise.

Lori

February 24th, 2011
10:25 am

It’s really easy to keep your pet from getting too fat. Just control how much they eat. I give my dog the recommended amount of food based on her size (there is always a label on the bag). I don’t give her table food. If they don’t ever get it, then they don’t beg for it! Pretty simple. She is a lean and healthy dog.

donkey200

February 24th, 2011
10:41 am

Oscar, you’re a fool. What, you want to kill this dog too? Onions are incredibly bad for dogs – you may as well feed him raisins and more chocolate. If I knew where you lived, I’d call the SPCA on you for cruelty.

reader

February 24th, 2011
10:52 am

to oscar… FYI onions are toxic to dogs.

Oscar is an idiot

February 24th, 2011
10:54 am

onions and chocolate are incredibly TOXIC to dogs and cats and can be fatal.

Chad

February 24th, 2011
11:01 am

Chris, please stop taking your dog on the multiple mile runs. keep your pet active by playing outdoors with him/her and by going on frequent walks. your pet doesn’t need to go running that much. it’s obviously causing your pet to burn too many calories, and it could be tough on its joints.

Oscar Llewellyn

February 24th, 2011
11:03 am

I do believe I have the right to feed my dog whatever I want to feed him. I’ve probably owned more dogs than the years you’ve been alive, and they been just fine. About every 3-4 years they die, I get new one, they are my companions and what’s good enough for me to eat is good enough for them. And for the record, grapes are just fine for dogs.

Scott

February 24th, 2011
1:03 pm

My cats just LOVE yogurt. They will fight you for the lid.

schneesmom

February 24th, 2011
3:57 pm

interesting…..not one person, even the vet, mentioned the fact that cat and dog food, even most of the premium brands, contains high levels of corn. Dogs and cats are not designed or evolved to eat corn, yet we feed it to them daily. Just like processed foods that contain make humans fat because of how the corn is metabolized, it seems that corn is metabolized the same way by our pets. Humans can eat whole foods and avoid anything with corn in it (including industrial meat as opposed to grass-fed, naturally raised meat), but in order to do this for our pets, we would have to feed them a raw diet. Most people would not want to do this because if there are multiple pets in a household, it can get quite expensive and not all pets will eat the raw diet. Even limiting intake of the corn based food can cause weight gain. I have a Saint Bernard that is on a low calorie food and is fed 2 cups twice a day and still he is overweight, despite getting plenty of exercise.

Vet Student

February 24th, 2011
4:20 pm

Onions can cause hemolytic anemia where the animals red blood cells are destroyed. Your dog may be able tolerate a small amount of onion; however, I would just be aware that onions (cooked or raw) are not a good treat for dogs or cats. As with any toxicity, it depends on dose given and the size of your dog whether you will see clinical signs from the toxicity.

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Vettech

February 27th, 2011
8:24 am

Obviously Oscar (and a couple other posters) is a troll. Yanking everyone’s chain. In in fact, he is NOT, he should be turned in for animal cruelty. His dogs live 3-4 years and he just goes out and gets another one? Avg. life span for a mixed breed dog of avg. weight is 12 years. Smaller breeds live an avg. of 15 yrs. If he is getting his dogs from a shelter, surely a red flag has gone up about him picking up a new dog every 3-4 yrs. because they die. I think he’s just a troll, as well as 3-4 others on here.

Katie

February 27th, 2011
1:26 pm

As a breeder I hear horror stories about oversized pets. There is a reason we have breed standards!!! People who don’t know what they are doing think its cute to make a litter of puppies and then they make fat, rolly polly puppies which is disaster for a pet (and people too).

A few of you have recommended home diets. A half a cup of cottage cheese and celery sticks in NOT a balanced dog diet!!! Dogs of varying breed standard need a variety of total calories as well as balance of calories. A large breed animal would not only starve on that suggestion, but would potentially have kidney problems as well. You need a protein balance of 24 – 28% and a fat content of 12- 16%; lower in summer – higher in winter. Unless you can test your food or have a recipe that is tested, it is just plain irresponsible to suggest these silly diets.
Controlling intake from a super premium food is the way to keep a dog happy, healthy, and the right weight.

Katie

February 27th, 2011
1:33 pm

@Shneesmom
You can find commercial dog foods without corn in them – and you are so correct! It is not a food for dogs.
Try Wellness or Blue Buffalo or Solid Gold. The dog food world has people so snowed over by what a ‘Premium food’ is. The ones people think of Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet pedigree etc are NOT premium dog foods, they are expensive dog foods. Premium foods (the real ones anyway) are premium because of the high grade ingredients in them. You will find no true premium contains corn, and most do not contain wheat either.

For all: Onions, Grapes, chocolate ARE highly toxic for your dog. People here may have had dogs survive having eaten them, but they are toxic and potentially deadly.

tc

February 27th, 2011
2:37 pm

Who cares if they are fat. They are animals.

Rodney

July 7th, 2011
9:38 am

I like big cats and I cannot lie. You other brothers can’t deny. When a cat walks in with an itty bitty head and a round thing in your face, you get sprung.