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    Posted January 31, 2012 by
    Amarillo, Texas
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    Fat pets

    My Overeating Bassett isn't Just Hungry


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Kida97 says Buddy got up to 92 pounds at one point -- more than 25 pounds more than his ideal weight. 'He wouldn't run, play, or stand very long because of his weight.' When she limited his portions, 'at first, he searched for food outside and inside, but after he got used to it and he got lighter, he went back to being a normal, playing, loving dog!'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    My husband and I adopted a stray Bassett Hound from our local animal shelter. In the first few months, we noticed he would eat EVERYTHING in sight, not stop for a breath, and throw up if he ate too much. He gained so much wait his little Basset legs couldn't hold him up much. We talked to our vet and discovered that Buddy had a thyroid problem. Basically, Buddy has no "stop eating" feeling when he's in front of his bowl. So, we put him on a diet of portion controlled feedings, and ta-da, brand new dog! He now runs and plays and is a normal size.
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