Fitness

Park Day

Park Day

We’re joining Gizmo & Finn’s Blogville Park Day celebration. Unfortunately, mom was going to take me to the park today for some pictures, but I sprained something on my run with dad this morning and I’m limping and now she says I have to ‘rest’. So we don’t ha... »

FitDog Friday#3

FitDog Friday#3

Before our official FitDog Friday post, we have some great news.  We are proud to introduce a new co-host,  To Dog With Love who will join SlimDoggy and fellow co-host Peggy’s Pet Place for our weekly FitDog Friday Blog Hop! Welcome Rocco! We wanted to use this week’s post to demonstrate... »

What’s New in the SlimDoggy App – Weight Change ETA

What’s New in the SlimDoggy App – Weight Change ETA

We wrote recently about some of the new features in the SlimDoggy app.  Today we will focus on what we call the Weight Change ETA feature, which provides a time estimate for how long it will take your dog to reach their target weight.   Weight Change Scenarios Whether your dog needs to lose or ... »

Fit Dog Friday: Resistance Training

Fit Dog Friday: Resistance Training

Resistance Training To Increase Exercise Intensity As you probably know, we at SlimDoggy believe that being fit is super important.  A combination of proper exercise and feeding can markedly improve the quality of life and the life span of your dog (and you too!). For today’s FitDog Friday pos... »

SlimDoggy Jack’s Limerick

SlimDoggy Jack’s Limerick

Many thanks to Oz the Terrier for creating our very own and very cool Limerick: There once was a SlimDoggy named Jack whose weight was all out of whack. He was rescued after a year, to a diet he had to adhere now his mobile app keeps him on track. »

FitDog Friday Blog Hop 4-5-13

FitDog Friday Blog Hop 4-5-13

FitDog Friday Blog Hop is FINALLY Here. We are so excited to be hosting this Blog Hop with our friend Peggy Frezon from Peggy’s Pet Place. Why we started the FitDog Friday Blog Hop The reason we started this Blog Hop is to raise awareness about the importance of having a fit & healthy dog.... »

Preventing injury in sporting dogs – Veterinary Medicine

Preventing injury in sporting dogs – Veterinary Medicine

I found this article on preventing sporting dog injuries by Wendy Baltzer, DVM, PhD, DACVS on DVM360 to be very informative.  You can read the full piece here: Preventing injury in sporting dogs – Veterinary Medicine The author discusses several components that make up a well rounded program o... »

FitDog Friday Blog Hop

FitDog Friday Blog Hop

Having a fit and healthy dog is what we are all about at Slimdoggy. To encourage that attitude in our readers, we are joining with Peggy Frezon of Peggy’s Pet Place (and the author of Dieting with My Dog) to introduce a new Blog Hop for our dog community. We are calling the Blog Hop, FitDog Fr... »

The Importance Of Water For Dog Nutrition

The Importance Of Water For Dog Nutrition

It is easy to overlook the importance of proper hydration when thinking about dog nutrition. Trust me, as an athlete who has found out the hard way, lack of proper hydration can lead to a myriad of problems including cramps, reduced mobility and function of joints and soft tissue components (tendons... »

Exercise as Magic – Update on Angel

Exercise as Magic – Update on Angel

We recently wrote about our volunteer work with a local dog rescue and how we help foster families deal with hyper-active dogs, by exercising them, and over weight dogs by providing feeding consultations. In our last post in that series, we spoke about Angel, the Black Lab that was weighing in at ar... »

Is there such a thing as TOO much exercise for your pet?

Is there such a thing as TOO much exercise for your pet?

We all know we should exercise our pets…but can we overdo it, can we exercise too much and how do we tell what is the right amount and what is too much? Let me tell you what we’ve experienced with our dogs. Currently, we have two senior dogs, Slimdoggy Jack who the vet estimated to be 7-... »

Tino, sleeping in yard

Big Backyard and Dog Exercise

What a great piece by Dr. Ken Tudor on PawNation! Dr. Tudor debunks the myth that having a big backyard means that your dog is getting proper exercise! The Myth of the Big Backyard and Dog Exercise – PawNation. I found a few passages in this article particularly on point and have copied them b... »

2012 National Pet Obesity Survey Results | Pet Obesity Prevention

2012 National Pet Obesity Survey Results | Pet Obesity Prevention

Dr Ernie Ward and the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention published their annual survey data yesterday.  Let me say up front, a big thank you for doing this and raising awareness to this problem! As you can imagine, the news is not good. You can read all of the details of this years survey here: ... »

2012 National Pet Obesity Survey Results

2012 National Pet Obesity Survey Results

Recently Released: Calabash, N.C., March 12, 2013 – U.S. pet obesity rates continued to increase in 2012 with the number of overweight cats reaching an all-time high. The sixth annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found 52.5 ... »

Pet obesity: Tips on how to avoid killing your dog

Pet obesity: Tips on how to avoid killing your dog

Blogger Alexandra at healthydogclub.com posted a short piece with tips on combating pet obesity.  You can read the full piece here: Pet obesity: Tips on how to avoid killing your dog ‹ Healthy Dog Club Below are her suggestions (italics are mine): • Talk To A Vet The animal may have an underlying he... »

Rover, we have a problem…pet obesity

Rover, we have a problem…pet obesity

Whether we care to admit it or not, there is a good chance that we own or know people who own an overweight or obese dog.  At SlimDoggy, one of our goals is to raise awareness about this issue while providing tools and information to people who would like to address their dogs weight problem.  Today... »

Running With Your Dog – Races and Tips

Running With Your Dog – Races and Tips

Richard Christian posted this awesome piece with tips on how to run with your dog.  In addition, he lists some races where you can test yourself against other fit furballs (and owners).  You can read the full piece here: All Pet News Running With Your Dog – Races and Tips » All Pet News Richar... »

Exercise and the Treatment of Arthritis in Pets

Exercise and the Treatment of Arthritis in Pets

As if we needed more reasons to exercise our dog! Jennifer Coates, DVM writes on petMd.com about the benefits of exercise and how it can help in the treatment of arthritis and joint and tendon/ligament pain in your pet.  The complete story is here: Exercise and the Treatment of Arthritis in Pets | p... »

Losing Weight with your Dog

Losing Weight with your Dog

For those of us who have overweight dogs and who are overweight themselves, here is an older article about how to lose weight with your dog. http://petfoodtalk.com/dogfoodreviews/dog-diets-losing-weight-with-your-dog/     Although there are no specific guidelines about how much to feed you... »

Leanness Rules

Leanness Rules

Lean Dog = Longer Living Dog We kickoff our “Daily Reader” with an oldie but goody that refers to the Purina Study that showed how keeping your dog lean can add 15% to their lifespan.  Yes, I said 15%. In the study, Labradors who were fed less and thus were leaner than the control group ... »

Angel Getting Up

Exercise is Magic- Part 3- Plotting a Course for Angel’s Weight Loss

In our previous installment of this series we talked about Danny, the high energy foster that really needed some exercise.  Today, we will focus on Angel, his mellow and overweight counterpart. First Impressions As mentioned in our introduction piece, Angel is an approximately 8 year old black lab r... »

Running with Dogs | Runner’s World

Running with Dogs | Runner’s World

Peter Sagal, a Runner’s World contributor wrote this really cool piece on running with dogs.  Check it out here: Running with Dogs | Runner’s World This piece really resonated with us for several reasons: 1- We love to run and run with our dogs 2- We believe, as  K9 Fit Club, Peggy Frezo... »

Exercise as Magic, Part 2-  Working with Danny

Exercise as Magic, Part 2- Working with Danny

In our last post, we introduced you to Danny and Angel, two foster dogs who we recently met through our volunteer exercise and weight control service that we provide to local dog rescues.  Today’s focus is on Danny, the high-energy puppy-ish lab mix who is somewhat hard to handle. First Impres... »

Exercise as Magic

Exercise as Magic

You have heard me say it many times but I will say it again: proper exercise is such an important component to a dog’s (and human’s) health and well-being.  Today we are starting a short series that will document real live cases (foster dogs) that we are currently working with and examin... »

Getting high with your dogs

Getting high with your dogs

Recent study shows that dogs, like people, get runner’s high! As discussed by Dr. Ernie Ward here,  Raichlen et al , in the Journal of Experimental Biology report that dogs and humans are both wired to experience a feeling of well-being and euphoria through  Endocannabinoids (eCBs), chemicals ... »

On The Set with Dr. Katy Nelson

On The Set with Dr. Katy Nelson

From the set of The Pet Show We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Katy Nelson on The Pet Show, a Washington DC area program that is airing this Saturday, 2/16 at 11 AM ET on WJLA (ABC 8).  What a pleasure it was to meet Dr. Katy!  She is really an amazing and kind person who sincerely cares abou... »

Calorie Requirements For Your Dog

Calorie Requirements For Your Dog

Calorie Burning 101 In our last post, we discussed the kcal and the difference between basal/resting calories burned and activity fueled calorie burns. Today we will present the basic formulas that are used to estimate calorie requirements for your dog and provide some specific examples as reference... »

Ok, so my dog is FAT…what do I do?

Ok, so my dog is FAT…what do I do?

In our last post, we provided some tips on how to determine if your dog is overweight as well as some common reasons for this to occur.  Today, we will provide suggestions on how to change your behavior so that you are setting up your dog to succeed with a healthy weight loss program. To recap, we i... »

On starting agility – Oh My Dog!

From Oh My Dog blog, here is an account of a dog going through “pre-agility” classes.   I want to point out that you should make sure that your dog is healthy, injury free (e.g. no orthopedic problems) and is in decent shape (e.g. they have a firm exercise foundation) before jumping into... »

Maggie’s Waistline

Maggie’s Waistline

We adopted Maggie about 8 months ago from a local Labrador Rescue organization. Maggie had been a ‘breeder’ dog and the rescue organization had convinced the owner to surrender her now that she was past her puppy breeding prime. She was skinny, scrawny and undernourished. Her coat was du... »

Massive Mike the Labrador Needs SlimDoggy App

Massive Mike the Labrador Needs SlimDoggy App

This dog weighs in at over 130 lbs!  That is almost double the weight that he should be at!   Look– I know that most dogs are not this obese.  But please, for your sake, your dog’s sake and for your pocketbook’s sake, keep your dog fit and trim.     Massive Mike the ... »

The Bacteria and Obesity in Pets Connection

Dr. Tudor writes about a recent study linking a stomach bacteria (Enterobacter cloacae)  to obesity. Interesting stuff. But realize that the primary cause of being overweight is that your body is burning less calories than it is consuming. I wonder, too,  if there is any causation between being over... »

Dog Obesity- Keep the Tail Wagging

Dog Obesity- Keep the Tail Wagging

Kimberly from keepthetailwagging.com posted about dog obesity and how the SlimDoggy app can help.  As you can read, she, too had an overweight dog but did something about it.  Also, Kimberly wonders how many  dogs  are labeled “unadoptable” because of health issues brought about by dog obesity.  Gre... »

SlimDoggy on Peggy’s Pet Place

SlimDoggy on Peggy’s Pet Place

Our friend and dog writer/blogger extraordinaire, Peggy Frezon, was kind enough to write a post about SlimDoggy today.  Many thanks to Peggy for letting her readers know about us!  Of course we had to include it in our “daily reader” series 😉 .  Check it out here: http://peggyfrezon.blog... »

K9FitClub and Tricia Montgomery

K9FitClub and Tricia Montgomery

  I had the opportunity to chat with Tricia Montgomery, the President of K9Fitclub this week.  I was very impressed with Tricia’s passion and the story behind K9Fitclub and I wanted to share it.  Tricia’s journey as well as her vision for the future of the club is truly amazing. Read about it i... »

Weight Control Foods Do Not Make Pets Thin

Weight Control Foods Do Not Make Pets Thin

This is a thoughtful post by Dr. Ken Tudor on pawsnation.com and worth the read. http://www.pawnation.com/2013/01/15/weight-control-foods-do-not-make-pets-thin/   Of particular note is the doctor’s observation that dog weight loss is similar to humans– it doesn’t happen in a s... »

Walk Your Pet Month

Walk Your Pet Month

Can’t believe it’s the middle of January and I’m just writing about this! A great day to observe for your pet and for you as well. Just a simple 30 minute walk each day will do wonders for the waistline.   Many shelters and rescue organizations are offering the opportunity to ... »

Rachel Ray Challenge

Rachel Ray Challenge

ASPCA and Rachel Ray Team Up to Make an Impact Thanks to #dancingdogblog for letting us all know about this amazing challnge: http://www.dancingdogblog.com/2013/01/aspca-rachael-ray-100k-challenge-to-save-more-pets/   Love this concept and it is a level playing field as winners are selected bas... »

Can You See Your Dog’s Waist?

Can You See Your Dog’s Waist?

Fun Blog Hop to Show Off Your Dog’s Figure   Check out DawgBusiness to participate in this fun blog hop that is meant to raise awareness of Pet Obesity. http://dawgbusiness.blogspot.ca/p/show-off-your-dogs.html?m=1     Have fun!   »

Doga- Yoga for Dogs

Doga- Yoga for Dogs

As a follow up to the prior post about how to keep your dog fit and healthy , here is some more info on Doga- yoga that is practiced with your dog.  Sounds really cool.  Although I don’t think it would work in a Bikram Studio 🙂   http://dogspired.com/training/dog-meet-yoga/   Has any... »

How to Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy: Part 2

So Many Ways to Keep Your Dog (and Yourself) in Shape!   Here is a link to the second part of Rebecca Randolph’s series on how to keep your dog fit and healthy.  Rebecca has so many great suggestions- there is something for everyone on her list.  Love the Doga (yoga with your dog), games ... »

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Chubby Puppy?

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Chubby Puppy?

Fat Dog = Slim Wallet  Having an overweight dog can not only lead to a shorter lifespan and a lower quality of life for the dog (and you?), it can also be very costly to the dog owner.   Here’s a look at exactly how costly it can be.   Medical Costs As reported by BankRate.com, according ... »

Pilates for Pooches?

Pilates for Pooches?

 Canine to the Core   As someone who has practiced Pilates for the past 2 + years, I am excited to see that some of the concepts are now being applied to canine fitness and rehabilitation.  This class in Michigan seems like a great idea! http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/201... »

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