Newsday pet writer Denise Flaim has a nifty article about helping your cats and dogs lose weight, and she brings up a great idea I hadn't thought of: visiting a cat or dog show to get a good view of what a "normal" sized pet should look like.
We were really guilty of this, because our dog is a magical blend of pit, beagle, and Lab, which makes her, even at her healthy weight, a very curvy dog. One of Faith's fans used to call her "Marilyn Monroe." So, in denial, we let her get...too curvy.
Faith is big-chested and full-hipped...something like her, ahem, female owner. Maybe this is a new disorder--when you have body image distortion...for your dog! Anyway, give it a try. And if you don't have a pet show nearby, when you see a shapely dog (or, less likely, a cat), ask her owner how much she weighs. People will rarely reveal their own weight, but pets are a different story.
The article also quotes the fabulous Dr. Andrew Kaplan who is...Faith's vet!