Enigma wrote:Yes, but there's a huge difference between saying spay/neuter changes metabolism in general and saying spay/neuter might change the metabolism of some dogs. I agree with warning dog owners of the possibility of gaining weight after spay/neuter, but saying it happens with all dogs is wrong imo. Obesity is not just a problem of spayed/neutered dogs, the majority of intact show dogs are proof of that.
20% is not a big deal if you are paying attention, but it IS a big deal and can really add up over time if you are not. I'm not going to stop telling the truth, and hormonal influences DO change metabolism.
You may not notice in your own dogs so you don't want to believe me, but its a fact.
I also agree there are plenty of obese show dogs. Its not that hard to overfeed a dog, especially a dog getting a lot of training rewards. I had to increase my dogs food by 30% when we stopped doing agility this summer (gas prices killed my budget). Even I didn't realize how many calories I was dishing out in teeny tiny pieces of cheese.