Obese elderly dogs
I have 4 dogs, ages 10 months, and 8, 14, and 15 years. The 14 and 15 year olds have become a little overweight. A logical part of me thinks I should reduce their food intake. But they are nearing the end of their life expectancy for their breed, and food is one of their greatest pleasures, so I hesitate to put them on a diet, though I have cut back their portions a bit. I'm feeling that a little overweight is ok at their ages. What do you think?
All four are active indoor/outdoor small terriers. The 5 of us walk each morning about 1 1/2 miles. I'd say they have had just average physical health issues over the years. They are mainly companion animals. I'm not talking grossly obese, more like if you were a man like me who is about 20lbs comfortably overweight and 100 years old (I'm not 100, but I think Stuart would be in dog years).
This came up in a conversation with a friend; I wondered what other people think.