I don't have human children, but my dogs are absolutely my babies and when the vet told me that one of them needs to lose weight, I cringed. Hard. How could I let my girl get so big? Nobody knows her breed for sure, but we're certain she's a pit mix.
She's 7.5 years old now and has started plumping up in maybe the last year or year and a half. She still runs after every squirrel that dares enter her backyard and she loves to run after tennis balls.
We currently have a large bag of dog food to go through, but then we'll start her on a Healthy Weight food.
It's times like this that I'm glad I don't have children. The guilt I feel over a fat dog is enough to make me want to cry. Can you imagine if I had an overweight child? If a child ever mimicked my behavior, they would surely be overweight. At least with a dog I can completely control what is eaten.