Why Dogs Are Better When They're Thin: a blog to discuss dog/animal portraiture and dispel any myths.
"My pet is fat"
In today's blog, we're going to address a topic that many pet owners find difficult: their dog is fat.
Now, of course not all dogs are obese. In fact, there are some breeds that are more prone to being overweight than others—[insert list here]. The problem isn't as simple as just "a little bit too much weight." Obesity can lead to serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease.
If your pet has gained weight over time, it may be hard for you to see any other way than having them lose weight by restricting food intake or exercising more frequently. However, if you have an overweight pet already on a diet and exercise program or have had one in the past but still aren't seeing results (or worse yet—your pet is getting fatter!), consider these options instead:
Consider switching foods—if your pet is still hungry after eating their regular amount of food each day but doesn't want anything else available in the house beyond kibble/dry food with limited nutritional value then consider adding wet/canned food into their diet (such as Drs Foster Smith freeze dried chicken breast bites) which will provide more protein and fat calories without adding unnecessary empty carbs like white rice flour used for dry diets sold at most grocery stores like Walmart Superstores etc... If your furry friend turns up his nose at these treats then try mixing some into his dry kibble so they get used
"Can't you just edit the photos?"
We hear this a lot, and it's understandable. You love your pet so much that you want to see them at their absolute best. We do too!
The thing is, though, editing out the fat wouldn't be fair to either of us. It would be like taking a picture of myself that didn't include my glasses or missing arm and then sending it around as proof of who I am and what my life looks like. That would be a lie—and photos are supposed to reflect reality. The same goes for our dogs: if we were only posting flattering photos online (or even just retouching them), we'd be creating an unrealistic expectation for what these animals look like in real life. And no matter how much fun we might think it is to do an hourlong photoshoot where we dress up our pets with designer clothes or accessories from Etsy..it will never compare to seeing the way they really are when they finally get home from work every day!
"What's wrong with a little extra weight on my dog, cat or horse?
Many of you may be wondering, "What's wrong with a little extra weight on my dog, cat or horse?" Well, there are several things. For one thing, obesity can lead to health problems such as heart disease and high blood pressure. It also makes your pet more likely to suffer from arthritis and diabetes. In addition to causing physical pain and discomfort, it can lead to emotional distress as well. Pets that are overweight often feel self-conscious about their bodies which affects their moods and behavior in negative ways.
In short: don't let your pets get fat! You'll both be happier if they stay fit!
Get your pet in shape, and let us create portraits you'll be proud to display.
When you're looking at animal portraiture, it's important to know that you're getting a healthy animal. Don't settle for anything less than the best. Here are some things to look out for:
Dogs should have a defined waist, with ribs that can be felt easily with your hand. They should be able to see the top of their hips, and they shouldn't look overly thin or overweight. If they've been losing weight lately due to an illness or other reason (such as being spayed/neutered), then this is normal and will most likely go away once they recover from surgery.
Cats should have a "waist," though sometimes this is more visible on female cats than male ones (in which case it's referred to as "tuck-up"). The tuck-up is supposed to make it easier for them when moving through tight spaces; however, if there isn't enough food available then it may appear more prominent than usual due simply because there isn't enough fat stored up around the organs inside their bodies! It's best not confuse these two situations though -- if you don't feel confident in diagnosing what might be wrong based solely on symptoms alone then please visit an actual vet instead! They'll know exactly where things are supposed go inside each species' body when compared against its anatomy diagrams which show everything clearly labeled so there won't be any confusion between those terms used today like "waist" versus something else entirely such as "tuck-up"