Scottish Terriers face high obesity risk

In the coming days, the Scottish Terrier and Dog News will be featuring a special diet report. Unfortunately, scotties — along with labrador retrievers, cairn terriers, Cavalier King Charles spaniels and cocker spaniels — are among the dog breeds most at risk for becoming overweight.

The New York Times reported last year that while there is a strong correlation between fat pets and fat owners, many normal-weight pet owners have “dogs or cats that are dangerously overweight.

(What’s more,) while many (though clearly not all) French women may be slim, their dogs often are not. A team from Maisons-Alfort, France, found that among a ”healthy population” of 616 dogs that attended a vaccination clinic, 38.8 percent were overweight, including 5 percent that were obese. “
More fat Scottie dog news here. And Scottish Terrier and Dog News readers weigh in on their Scotties’ weight.

7 thoughts on “Scottish Terriers face high obesity risk

  1. This paragraph wasn’t very helpful, I was searching for an anwser on how to get my overweight Scottie to become healthy again. When we got him he was very young just the same age as his siblings but he was bigger, A LOT bigger! Since then we can’t get him to lose weight because he hates playing ( except wrestling with out west highland white terrier, may I remind you that its play fighting because they Never hurt themselfs)and he hates going for walks and eatting healthy food. Anyways nice paragraph.

    1. I too have a Scottie amd he is over weight . the vet told me not to give him more than a cup of food for the day. to top it off I was told my Duffy has borderline Cushing’s . if your dog is over weight he or she might have Cushing’s
      This is from a web sight . Cushing’s disease causes increased drinking, increased urination, increased appetite, panting, high blood pressure, hair loss – usually evenly distributed on both sides of the body, pendulous abdomen, thinning of the skin, calcified lumps in the skin, susceptibility to skin infections and diabetes, weakening of the heart and skeletal muscles, nervous system disease and other symptoms. Most owners reach a point where the water consumption and urination become bothersome to them.

      Read more: Cushing’s Disease in Dogs – What is it, and how do we treat it?

  2. Except for the “hates going for walks” and “eating healthy food” this could be my Angus. When we got him at 6 mos he already weighed 20 pounds. He scarfed down his food like he hadn’t eaten for days and was always looking for more. A year later he weighed 34 pounds! Weigh (pun intended) too much for a Scottie! We have since cut back his food to a normal portion and limit his treats but he is still overweight. Our 3-yr old Westie (in comparison) only weighs 18 lbs and eats the same amount of food. Can’t figure out what else to do.

  3. I have a Scotty and a Malti-Poo. The MP is old…and doesn’t get much exercise and he’s got begging down pat. He would scraf down his food and go after the ST’s puppy kibble. His cholesterol was 4 times the recommended level and we almost lost him. The vet had us put him on Sr Light kibble with only boiled carrots as snacks. We put the kibble in one of those Kong balls, so he has to roll it around to get all his food. He’s dropped 4 lbs and now has a waist line. He has more spring in his step and his ‘tearing stain’ isn’t as bad. It was really hard at first because he was used to getting table yummies, pizza, ice-cream, etc. But we hardened our hearts to his pitiful pleas and now he’s so much healthier. I know it’s not directly related to ST’s, but it should work for any type of dog that is a scraf-a-matic and double dipping eater in homes with more that one dog.

  4. Bridget is a bit of a chubster too.

    She just loves to eat. Now, I know almost all dogs love to eat, but she really loves to eat.

    At the park, she is the dog most attuned to the dog biscuit guy. Every vague gesture he makes toward his pocket and she runs to his side. Other dogs ignore him until the biscuits are being distributed.

    We cut back Bridget’s food in an effort to get her to drop a few pounds but it’s been largely unsuccessful. And I feel I can’t cut her back any more.

    She gets plenty of exercise so I really don’t know what else to do.

    Maybe I just need to accept that she’s a girl of girth and let it be.

    In the mean time, however, everyone continues to think she’s an old man, what with the brindle and the extra poundage.

  5. We acquired Miss Coco from my cousin who moving and couldn’t take her with him.
    She’s about 6 years old and weighed 23lbs when we got her. In about 5 months, she gained an additional 3 lbs. She doesn’t care for walks and will play when she feels up to it. We feed her Beniful dog food only. Not sure how to get her on a doggy diet. She has to be the Most Loyal dog I’ve ever owned. My wife says she will wait for hours by the door till I get back home, and is always excited to see me. I just want her to be healthy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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