|01-19-2014 04:38 PM|
To the OP: No, I do not think you have a King Shepherd. I think you have a large boned GSD who could stand to lose 15 or so pounds. I say that because his neck has rolls and he doesn't look proportional. Or maybe those aren't the best photos. Either way, I love his coloring!
|01-19-2014 03:34 PM|
|Stevenzachsmom||LOL! That guy is tooooo quirky for my liking. I'm scared.|
|01-19-2014 03:25 PM|
|01-19-2014 03:18 PM|
|01-19-2014 02:05 PM|
|Blanketback||True story: I know someone who's actually vet-shopped until they heard what they wanted to hear. Yup, one vet said to take some weight off and the dog would live an extra 4 years. Well, the vet who got her business said the dog was fine. This dog is so fat it isn't funny! Nothing at all like OP's dog - I'm talking rolls of flesh.|
|01-19-2014 01:56 PM|
My vet has that chart on the wall in his lobby. That's part of the reason I like him--he and his staff are proactive about keeping pets at a healthy weight.
I never understood why some people get offended when you tell them their dog is overweight. It's an easy problem to fix--just feed less food! You'll save so much money in the short-term by buying less dog food, and in the long-term by having a healthier, happier pet!
|01-19-2014 01:26 PM|
|fredh||That Chart should be very helpful to anyone that is in denial that their Pet is Obese or Overweight. Obesity in Pets is as much of an Epidemic as it is in their 2 legged Companions.|
|01-19-2014 12:40 PM|
|01-19-2014 12:25 PM|
Nowadays, few can take criticism without getting *offended*. You can't tell people that they are messing up.
Everyone is perfect, or has "issues" (forget the use of the word "problems") that give them license to go ahead and do whatever they please and dance merrily, clueless, trough life.
Until it comes to bite them in the butt.
And then it will be everyone else's fault.
|01-19-2014 12:19 PM|
He's a pretty dog. Doubt if he's a King shepherd, though. Probably just a mix of GSD and Malamute, maybe? Some Malamutes are huge. He does look a bit overweight, but I've seen worse. It would be good for him to shed 10-15 pounds.
As far as the vets... I have heard so many people with obese dogs tell me that "the vet said he was fine", that I'm beginning to think that some vets *want* their patients to be overweight. Because of the health problems obesity causes, it will mean more $$$ in the vet's pocket over the life of the dog. I know that's terribly cynical of me, and I hope I'm wrong. But I can't figure out for the life of me, why else vets would lie to their clients.
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