iStockphotoIt's a common problem we dog-treating veterinarians encounter almost every single day. It happens when the owners of overweight dogs, typically in an effort to reduce their dog's dietary intake, meet an obstacle they mistakenly refer to as "hunger."
Hunger: As in, "I tried to cut down her food to two scoops instead of three, and she was so hungry she followed me around all day with that hang-dog look on her face."
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But here's the thing: "Hunger" in this context seldom approximates the veterinary definition. When veterinarians refer to hunger, we tend to mean what happens when an organism doesn't receive the nutrients it needs to achieve its biological goals. Yet what dog owners mean by hunger has more to do with how their pets act when they're deprived of a satisfying resource they're accustomed to receiving.
In other words, most owned and loved dogs, like most Americans, are seldom truly hungry in theRead More »from Think You Know What a Hungry Dog Looks Like? Think Again