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DIY Ball for Blind Dogs

DIY Ball for Blind Dogs

If you follow our blog, you know of our dog Tino and the fact that he went blind around age 9. His blindness never stopped Tino from doing any of the things he loved, including an occasional game of fetch. We searched high and low for a ball that would make a continuous sound and eventually found on... »

Pet Safety Month – Vacation Safety

Pet Safety Month – Vacation Safety

July has been named Pet Safety Month by our friends at BlogPaws. You’ve probably seen many posts throughout the month with lots of tips and reminders about your pet’s safety. Well, here’s another one.   Given that we just got back from vacation, I thought I would focus on vaca... »

Becca Loving Life

Our friend Oz the Terrier has had a special Blog Hop going all week that we’ve been meaning to join. It’s sponsored by Zuke’s and called #FueltheCure for The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund. Every entry is a $5 donation to The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund. Entry rules are pretty easy too, just ... »

Dear Labby: Bad Breath

Dear Labby: Bad Breath

Dear Labby, I’m afraid to admit this, but my dog has bad breath…really bad…don’t come near me bad. He eats pretty good food, what could be causing this problem?   Awaiting your Answer with Baited Breath   Dear Baited,   There could potentially be many causes fo... »

Pet Emergency Preparedness – A West Coast Primer

Pet Emergency Preparedness – A West Coast Primer

June is designated as National Pet Preparedness Month by the American Humane Society (or AHS). The AHS offers a simple list of ten things to have in your pet preparedness kit, all of which are important. But depending on where you live, the emergencies or natural disasters you prepare for might be a... »

Running with your Dog. Disease Prevention.

Running with your Dog. Disease Prevention.

We had a great response to the first installment of our “benefits of running with your dog” series where we discussed the mental benefits of running. Thanks to everyone for the great comments and for sharing our post. I hope that some folks were motivated to get out and run around with their dog bec... »

Running with your Dog.  Keeping your Mind Sharp

Running with your Dog. Keeping your Mind Sharp

Hello. My name is Steve and my dog’s name is Jack. We are run-a-holics.   Pardon the humor, although there is a lot of truth to the above. The fact is that my dogs (all of them that I have ever had) and I love to run and for that matter, exercise intensely. The feeling that I get, and that I be... »

Alarming Pet Obesity Facts

Alarming Pet Obesity Facts

We started SlimDoggy about 18 months ago with the mission to raise awareness to the growing problem of pet obesity. The statistics on pet obesity are staggering. Over 53% of dogs and 57% of cats are overweight. We talk a lot about exercise and how it improves your dogs quality of life, and their lif... »

The Human-Animal Bond | HABRI

The Human-Animal Bond | HABRI

Last week at BlogPaws, I was fortunate to meet the folks from HABRI, a research foundation whose mission is to study the benefits of the human-animal bond for pet and human health. HABRI stands for Human Animal Bond Research Initiative and their vision is to “demonstrate that pets and animals ... »

How to Choose the Right Pet for You & Your Family

How to Choose the Right Pet for You & Your Family

Planning on getting a pet? How do you choose the right pet for your family? Here’s some tips from SlimDoggy:     How to Choose the Right Pet for You & Your Family — powered by ehow   »

A Guide to Helping Your Older Dog Live a Longer Life

A Guide to Helping Your Older Dog Live a Longer Life

Do you have senior dog? Helping them live a longer life is a priority. We’ve had five seniors in our life in recent years and have learned much about keeping them happy and healthy as long as we can. We share some tips in our eHow video.   A Complete Guide to Helping Your Older Dog Live a... »

A List of Must-Needs When You’re Buying a Dog

A List of Must-Needs When You’re Buying a Dog

Thinking about getting a dog? Hopefully visiting a shelter or calling a rescue is your first idea. But once you’ve got the dog, what do you need to keep them fit, healthy, well-rested and well-fed? We offer some suggestions in another of our eHow video series.     A List of Must-Need... »

Pet Obesity Epidemic Continues

Pet Obesity Epidemic Continues

Dr. Ernie Ward and The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)  recently released the 2013 results of their pet obesity survey. The study, conducted in the fall of 2013, shows no real improvement in the obesity rates for dogs or cats.   Overweight or obese dogs make up 52.6% of all dogs i... »

Dear Labby | Does my Dog Love (or Hate) Massage?

Dear Labby | Does my Dog Love (or Hate) Massage?

Dear Labby,    Each evening I sit with my dog Kylie and give her a massage – I run my hands up and down her legs and her feet and do a little back massage too. Sometimes she moans and groans and it’s almost a growl…is she telling me she wants me to stop, or does she like it? H... »

SlimDoggy | B&W Sunday 3-9-14

SlimDoggy | B&W Sunday 3-9-14

The picture of health.     Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever.   »

Will the Crufts Lab be as Heavy as the Westminster Lab?

Will the Crufts Lab be as Heavy as the Westminster Lab?

A few weeks ago, we created a bit of a furor in the Labrador Retriever world when we wrote a post about the overweight Labradors who won Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex in the 2014 Westminster show. Our concern about the overweight appearance of these dogs is due to the health related problem... »

An Expert’s Concern over Labrador Retriever Standards

Last week we wrote a post that compared the US Labrador Retriever standard over the past 50-60 years. The change in the standard and the photographic evidence is quite dramatic – check our post if you didn’t see it.  Our concern is that by awarding show championships to “heavier... »

When did Overweight Labs Become the New Normal?

When did Overweight Labs Become the New Normal?

Last week we posted a provocative article regarding what we viewed as overweight Labradors representing the breed in the Westminster Dog Show. We have gotten lots of feedback on the post, from Veterinarians and Lab owners supporting our view and some folks, mostly breeders and show dog owners, telli... »

Best of Breed, Labs, 2014

No Wonder a Lab has Never Won at Westminster

The Westminster Dog Show just wrapped up the 2014 edition. Yet again, the Best in Show was won by a breed other than America’s favorite, the Labrador Retriever. Amazing as it sounds, the Lab has never won the Best in Show award at Westminster. There have been many reasons put forth as to why a Lab h... »

What are the nutritional needs of your dog with cancer?

We are joining the Give Cancer the Paw Blog Hop today. In our post for the Hop last November, we provided a list of general resources for pet owners on the initial diagnosis and treatment of canine cancer.   Today, we are going to dig a little deeper and provide some insight into the diet and n... »

SlimDoggy Infographics

To view the full Infographic, just click on the image: SlimDoggy on Pet Obesity   SlimDoggy Fit Tips #1   SlimDoggy Reader Fit Tips #2   SlimDoggy Senior Fit Tips   SlimDoggy Thanksgiving Tips »

The 6 C’s: A Pyramid Approach to Fitness and Change

The 6 C’s: A Pyramid Approach to Fitness and Change

Staying fit and healthy is a commitment. For you, and your pet. Fitness and health is achieved not by going to the gym for the 2 weeks after New Years, nor by an occasional bout of exercise every few weeks or months. Attaining fitness, and all of the wonderful benefits that come with it, require a c... »

Move your Mutt

Options for Exercising With Your Dog: PetsMove Mutt-a-Thon Tips

For those that haven’t heard, the inaugural 2014 Move Your Mutt Health and Fitness Expo officially begins on January 1, 2014.  We wanted to describe the Event and provide links to key information pages as well as some suggestions on how to participate in the Mutt-a-thon virtual fitness workout... »

Tips for Managing Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Tips for Managing Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Today’s guest post is by Kate Voss. Kate is an entertainment writer from Chicago, IL who is the proud owner of her Chow/Shepard mix, Margot. As dog owners we are generally willing to do just about anything within reason to help our dogs live happy, comfortable lives, and minimize issues common... »

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Dog

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Dog

Believe it or not, we are nearing the end of 2013 and about to embark on another holiday season.  With the turn of the calendar, often comes one or more “New Year’s resolutions” by well intended people looking to change or improve their behavior.  This year, why not resolve to keep your pet fit, tri... »

SlimDoggy on eHow – How to Walk Your Dog Using a Treadmill

SlimDoggy on eHow – How to Walk Your Dog Using a Treadmill

For many dog owners, a dog treadmill can be a great tool to help keep their pet fit and healthy. Treadmills allow you to exercise your dog even if: The weather is too cold or rainy It is too dark outside before or after work If you have an injury and can’t run with your dog If you need to stay... »

SlimDoggy on eHow – How Much Do You Feed a Puppy?

We did a series of videos on dogs for eHow.com.  In this one, we answer the question: “How much to feed a puppy”. (yes, we paraphrased the exact question that eHow wanted us to answer, but ours is more general).   Rarely will you see a fat puppy.  This is because their metabolism is... »

This ‘N That Thursday Thanks – Turkey Day Infographic

This ‘N That Thursday Thanks – Turkey Day Infographic

We created a new infographic for Thanksgiving with some Turkey Day FIT tips. Tips for you and tips for your dog! Food tips, fitness tips. A little of this and a little of that. Enjoy.       We’ll be linking up to the special This ‘N That Thursday Thanksgiving edition spons... »

Senior Fit Tips

Senior Fit Tips

We have a new infographic to introduce today specifically for our seniors in honor of Senior Pet Month. Please spread the word about these tips and add your own thoughts and advice in our comments. »

jack playing find the food

Challenging a Dog’s Mind and Senses for Overall Fitness

This week, we are participating in two blog hops.  Our FitDog Friday hop (of course) and also the Zukes Fuel the Love Blog Hop.  We often use Zuke’s treats when training our dogs and when we play games with our dogs that challenge their minds, bodies, and senses.  Today’s post is about the rol... »

Fear Aggression in Dogs

Fear Aggression in Dogs

Don’t misunderstand, I am no expert when it comes to working with dogs with fear aggression. Jack had a touch of this problem, but with hard work and a good trainer, he’s worked through most of it and while he doesn’t joyfully greet strangers like our Sally did, he tolerates them. ... »

Give Cancer the Paw

Give Cancer the Paw

When we first heard about this new Blog Hop – Give Cancer the Paw – we were anxious to participate since we lost our black Lab, Becca to osteosarcoma about 18 months ago. We wrote about our experience with Becca in our Tale of Tails: Becca series which documented her diagnosis, treatment... »

SlimDoggy Fit Tips #1

SlimDoggy Fit Tips #1

Here’s our first SlimDoggy Fit Tips infograph. Our great readers her on the blog and on Facebook submitted so many tips and success stories, we couldn’t fit it all in one chart, so we will be doing these regularly. If your tip doesn’t appear on this one, don’t worry, it will ... »

Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Wordless Wednesday Edition

Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Wordless Wednesday Edition

In support of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, we created an infographic with some thought-provoking facts and figures on the pet obesity problem in the US. We plan to create a second infographic this month highlighting reader tips & advice for keeping their pets fit as well as featuring some... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z:  Glycerin

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Glycerin

What is glycerin? Glycerin , is a sweetener and binder (humectant) that is commonly produced as a byproduct of soap making.  It has traditionally been used in dog food as a texturing and sweetening agent.   Common names for glycerin The most common name variations include glycerol, vegetable gl... »

Walks With My Dogs

Walks With My Dogs

I’ve had dogs in my life for most of my adult life – about 26 years (not to age myself or anything). These dogs include my first, Maxine and then Sally, Tino, Becca, Jack & Maggie, in order of appearance. I am and have always been diligent about walking my dogs. Luckily, I’m a ... »

Pet Wellness Mythbusters #6

Pet Wellness Mythbusters #6

We’re adding to our MythBuster series today and focusing on wellness myths since it’s Pet Wellness Month. What is Pet Wellness? It’s just what you think – keeping your pet fit, health and “well”. It’s preventative medicine for your pet. Many vets provide spe... »

Monday Mischief? Barely…

Monday Mischief? Barely…

I know today is Monday Mischief – one of our favorite Blog Hops, but we have something more important to talk about today. We are hijacking the Mischief post to talk about Pet Wellness. Can’t believe that it is almost October already but it is and October is National Pet Wellness month. ... »

SlimDoggy Mythbuster #5 – Poop

SlimDoggy Mythbuster #5 – Poop

Yes, you read that right, we’re mythbusting about poop today. We’re joining Sugar, the Golden Retriever’s Scoop that Poop blog hop – a hop dedicated to raising awareness on the importance of scooping your dog’s poop. Along with Dogster.com they’ve created a great ... »

Announcing PetsMove.org

Announcing PetsMove.org

This week we have a very special announcement to make for our FitDog Friday post.  Tomorrow is the official launch of our new “PetsMove” program (http://petsmove.org) .   Like the First Lady, Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity awareness program “Let’s Move”, our “PetsMove” initiative aims to wake up... »

SlimDoggy MythBuster #2

SlimDoggy MythBuster #2

Today’s myth-busting is about a dog’s mouth. Maybe you’ve heard the old wives tale that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans? Is it true? Let’s break it down. Here’s a list of things I see Jack put in his mouth almost every day: dog food grass coyote poop rabbit... »

Dear Labby

Dear Labby

Dear Labby, We just adopted a dog from the local shelter and we love her like crazy already, but her long nails are scratching our hardwood floors and she makes a lot of noise with them, clickety-click-click. I’ve never had to cut my dogs toenails before – am I supposed to do that? And h... »

dog meds

Drugs and the Rising Cost of Pet Healthcare

I attended (and presented “My Dog at What?”) at the BarkWorld Conference last week.  It was a fun event with many great presentations on a wide array of topics that are relevant for today’s pet industry.   There was one presentation on the rising cost of pet medicine, by PetCareRX.com (an onlin... »

SlimDoggy MythBuster #1

SlimDoggy MythBuster #1

Today we are starting a new semi-regular series on dog myths. There are lots of myths out there about dogs, dog food, dog health and dog behavior. Lots of misinformation, lots of ‘google’ expert advice and lots of plain untruths. We’re going to help dispel some of these and give yo... »

Exercise and Canine Diabetes

Exercise and Canine Diabetes

We have been asked by some of our readers about the special considerations that apply when exercising a diabetic dog.  The fact is, diabetes is a serious, but often manageable disease and it is not an excuse to let your dog become a couch potato.  More than anything, canine diabetes is a disease tha... »

dog running

6 Exercise Tips for Senior Dogs

  Welcome to another FitDog Friday post on canine fitness.  This week, we begin our two-part series on Fitness Tips for senior Dogs.  As you may know, we are big fans of senior dogs—our last three adoptions have been dogs eight years of age or older. This week seemed like the perfect time to wr... »

Protein & Fats & Carbs, Oh My!

Protein & Fats & Carbs, Oh My!

This week we continue our analysis of dog food data so that we can provide you with some benchmarks with which to judge the merits of your dog food choices.  We closed last week’s post by posing a question: Does the average dog food contain more protein, fat, or carbohydrates? Based on our prior pos... »

Running With Your Dog: Tips #6 -10

Running With Your Dog: Tips #6 -10

For today’s FitDog Friday we continue last week’s post with additional tips for running with your dog. Before we present Tips 6 -10, we wanted to share an experience that happened this morning on our run. It is a perfect example for Tip # 8 below. Today, Jack and I were on our normal trail run... »

Dear Labby – Genetic Disease?

Dear Labby – Genetic Disease?

Dear Labby- We have decided to get a dog (our first ever) and are both excited and nervous about it. We both work and are rather sedentary, so we think we need a low-energy dog; certainly nothing big or active like a Golden Retriever or Border Collie.  As of now, we are leaning toward a Maltese R... »

Ingredient Labels, Grains, and Some Data

Ingredient Labels, Grains, and Some Data

Last week we wrote about ingredient splitting and used our data to show that about 17% of all foods and treats have multiple forms of the “fillers” rice, corn, or wheat.  We then asked a related question—what percentage of all foods and treats contain at least one form of any of these fi... »

Maggie checking dog food label

Ingredient Label Tricks – Ingredient Splitting

Looking at the ingredient list on a dog food label is tricky.  In many cases, the lists are long and contain names of ingredients that we are not familiar with.  Today we begin a multi-part series that explains some simple ways to judge the ingredients in your dog’s food and provide some tips to hel... »

Doggie DNA

Doggie DNA

I wrote a FaceBook post yesterday regarding Canine DNA tests and asked whether folks had them done and what they thought of the results. I posted a picture of our dog Tino and asked what breed people thought he was based on his looks. We got lots of interesting answers from Rhodesian Ridgeback/Shar ... »

Is Mental Exercise Really Exercise?

Is Mental Exercise Really Exercise?

It’s FitDog Friday again, SlimDoggy Jack’s favorite day of the week because he gets to read all the fun posts from his buddies and the cool new fitness activities they’ve been doing. It’s also K9Kamp time, so he’s even more excited to see what his fellow Kampers are up ... »

Dear Labby on Doggie Breath

Dear Labby on Doggie Breath

Dear Labby: Everyone says their dog has smelly breath, but what’s your opinion on dog teeth cleaning? When should the procedure be considered? Do some dogs have weak teeth/gums? I’m sure diet and lack of natural teeth cleaning options affect tooth/gum health. Does it cause bad breath in ... »

Are Carbs Good or Bad for Dogs?

Are Carbs Good or Bad for Dogs?

We have already established that dog’s need a diet high in protein and with adequate fat.  But what about carbohydrates- is this macro-nutrient essential to a dog’s diet?  To answer this question, let’s first discuss the role of carbohydrates and then look at what the canine’s ancestral diet might h... »

SlimDoggy and K9Kamp – A Perfect Match!

SlimDoggy and K9Kamp – A Perfect Match!

Thank Dog its FitDog Friday!  This week, we are announcing our participation in the K9Kamp fitness challenge, hosted by our friends Peggy Frezon and Kol’s Notes. What is K9Kamp? K9Kamp is a blogging event to motivate and encourage exercise and bonding with our dogs (and yes, cats can participate!)  ... »

Tale of Tails: Sweet Sally Brown

Tale of Tails: Sweet Sally Brown

I don’t write about our Sally too often. Not sure why, but I tend to think about her a lot this time of year as we lost Sally four years ago on Memorial Day weekend. It was pretty devastating for both of us. Actually, that’s probably why I don’t write about her much, I still miss h... »

Sources of Fat in Dog Food

Sources of Fat in Dog Food

Just as protein is a crucial component to a dog’s diet, so too is fat, which provides many health benefits as we discussed last week. Talking about fat may not be too “Tasty”, but it is important. So, today we will look at some of the more common sources of fat in commercial dog food pro... »

Dear Labby 3 Tips for Dog Behavior Issues

Dear Labby 3 Tips for Dog Behavior Issues

Dear Labby, We just adopted a young, energetic mixed breed male dog (we think part Lab, part Shepherd). Our vet says he appears to be between 3-4 years old.  “Lenny’ is adorable but he is exhibiting some unwanted behaviors including digging and chewing on our furniture.  He has so much energy that w... »

Why Fat is Important for Your Dog

Why Fat is Important for Your Dog

After our last two Tasty Tuesday posts, we all know that protein is an important ingredient in a dog’s diet and what kinds of protein sources we should look for in our dog’s food.  Today we will focus on the macro-nutrient “Fat”. Just like with humans, not all fat is bad, but it’s the right ki... »

Pet plastic surgery a growing trend

Pet plastic surgery a growing trend

Dr Katy Nelson, host of ABC’s The Pet Show, reported on an interesting topic – pet plastic surgery.  You can read the article here: Pet plastic surgery a growing trend | WJLA.com I thought this was an important passage from the article.: And while plastic surgery in people is generally d... »

Helping Your Pudgy Pooch Back To Slim and Trim

Helping Your Pudgy Pooch Back To Slim and Trim

We saw an article about getting your dog slim and trim by Ron Miller at Dogintonpost.com . You can read the article here: Helping Your Pudgy Pooch Back To Slim and Trim | The Dogington Post. We obviously think it is great the Ron is writing about this as we have way too many overweight dogs in the w... »

In case of EMERGENCY: 6 Tips

In case of EMERGENCY: 6 Tips

We had a wildfire scare near our home the other day. The fire started roughly 4-5 miles away, but with wind gusts over 50 mph and tinder-like dry conditions here in CA, it was scary. They evacuated thousands of families to ‘evacuation’ centers, but they don’t usually allow dogs, so... »

Park Day 2.0

Park Day 2.0

Darn, Park Day 2.0 is here already and we didn’t get a chance to get to the park AGAIN!! Last week, I sprained my ankle, so mom said I had to REST – I hate that. This week, there was a BRUSH FIRE near our park and we couldn’t go! But here’s some pictures of the fire taken fro... »

Am I a bad dog mom? Maggie’s Miserable Weekend.

This weekend was supposed to be a mini-vacation for us. We had our dog sitter lined up to stay with Jack & Maggie and we were going down to San Diego to spend the weekend with my family. All that changed when Maggie threw-up three times within an hour on Friday morning and we spent our weekend a... »

FitDog Friday #4 – Keys to a Fit & Healthy Dog

FitDog Friday #4 – Keys to a Fit & Healthy Dog

Happy FitDog Friday and thanks for stopping by! Today we want to discuss the two primary keys to having a fit and healthy dog: exercise and diet. (You can also link up to the Saturday Pet Blogger Blog Hop at the bottom of this post). Exercise We often say that “movement is life”, and it’s true!  Bot... »

Music that soothes the savage beast

Music that soothes the savage beast

We’ve been working with a new trainer lately, getting Jack a little more sociable with strangers and she introduced us to Through a Dog’s Ear, Music to Calm you Canine Companion. Now, many of you may have heard about this, may even use it with your dog but it was new to me. We’ve o... »

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 ... »

What’s New in the SlimDoggy App – Social Sharing

What’s New in the SlimDoggy App – Social Sharing

We have made several enhancements to the SlimDoggy app recently.  Today we want to share some details on how the Social Media Sharing feature works. Why We Added This Based on feedback we have received from our users, we learned that for many people, sharing their dog’s weight ‘change... »

Do you feed your dog table scraps?

Do you feed your dog table scraps?

SlimDoggy’s blog is all about having fit and healthy pets. What to feed them, how to exercise them – we write about that all the time. Even our App is designed to monitor what goes in and what goes out. So of course we don’t feed table scraps! Or do we? I have to admit we do someti... »

Are You Feeding Your Dog Sardines?

Are You Feeding Your Dog Sardines?

I read this piece on Dogster by Julia Szabo about feeding your dog sardines.   You can read the full story here: Are You Feeding Your Dog Sardines? You Should Be! | Dogster The author points out that sardines make a great addition to your dog’s meals.  She suggests 1 sardine for every 20 lbs. ... »

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... »

5 Tips on Caring for your Senior Pet

5 Tips on Caring for your Senior Pet

We have had only ‘senior’ dogs in our household since our first pup, Sally Brown turned 8 in 2003 – so that’s almost 10 years ago. Our next dog Tino was only a year younger than Sally and then we adopted Becca at age 9, Jack at age 8 and Maggie, also age 8.  So for ten years,... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

What do you do when the Vet has bad news?

What do you do when the Vet has bad news?

Our focus here at SlimDoggy is the health and well being of your pets. As pet owners, we know that regular visits to the vet are the norm and depending on your pets, your vet may even be one of your best friends. We have probably all experienced what I call a ‘health scare’, an event whe... »

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... »

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... »

On The Subject of Paleo Dogs… | Paleoista

We stumbled on this article about dog diets by Paleoista, a blog that normally focuses on all things Paleo for humans. The author, Nell Stephenson, a triathlete who practices what she preaches,  does a great job here with a common sense evaluation of what to feed your dog (and yourself). On The Subj... »

World Spay Day

World Spay Day

February is dedicated to Spay/Neuter Awareness and February 26th World Spay Day. Join us along with our friends in the pet community to raise awareness of the health and well-being benefits from spaying or neutering your pet. You can read more efforts to raise awareness and about the statistics rega... »

Pet Food Recalls & Withdrawals

For those who don’t know, here is the link to the U.S. FDA website with a complete list of pet food recalls and other actions.  Salmonella is a frequent culprit, at least recently.  Make sure that your dog’s food doesn’t show up on this list by checking back frequently. USFDA Recal... »

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 ... »

Peggy’s Pet Place: Will Neutering Make Your Dog Fat?

Peggy’s Pet Place: Will Neutering Make Your Dog Fat?

Peggy Frezon writes a great post in honor of World Spay Day, a day promoting spay/neuter as a way to save lives. Peggy’s Pet Place: Will Neutering Make Your Dog Fat In this piece, Peggy talks about one of the common myths around spaying/neutering a pet– that it will cause the pet to gain... »

Cross-Breed to Avoid Inbreeding

Cross-Breed to Avoid Inbreeding

For all the lovers of ‘pure-bred’ dogs, I wanted to make sure that you haven’t missed the recent and controversial piece in the NY Times about breeding to standards.   The author, James Serpell, suggests that cross-breeding is one solution to some of the health problems that are ca... »

Why dogs develop food allergies

Why dogs develop food allergies

We found this piece by Suzanne Phillips, posted on The Retriever, Dog, & Wildlife Blog very interesting and worth the read. Guest Post: Suzanne Phillips: Why dogs develop food allergies « The Retriever, Dog, & Wildlife Blog. Ms. Phillips talks about dogs and what causes their food allergies.... »

Pet owners allege dog treat maker is censoring backlash

Pet owners allege dog treat maker is censoring backlash

This is an interesting if not inflammatory story from WTOP in Washington DC. Pet owners allege dog treat maker is censoring backlash – WTOP.com. Dr. Katy Nelson, the host of The Pet Show, which airs on WJLA (ABC 8) in DC on Saturday mornings at 11 AM provides sound advice regarding pet treats.... »

Just What Are These Dog Food Ingredients?

Just What Are These Dog Food Ingredients?

Primer on Dog Food Ingredients For a quick and simple read on what to look for in dog food ingredients, check out this piece at healthydogs4life.com Just What Are These Dog Food Ingredients? | HealthyDogs4Life. As you may know, we at SlimDoggy are working on some exciting things regarding dog foods,... »

Primer on Calories

Primer on Calories

A Primer on Calorie Expenditures. In our last post, we discussed some of the common behaviors (in humans) that lead to an overweight dog and some tips on how to change them.  Today, we will talk about calories and how your dog’s weight and activity level impact the amount of calories that are used e... »

Dog Life Spans

Dog Life Spans

We are often asked about the average life expectancy for different breeds of dogs so we started to compile a list for our readers.  This data was pulled from several sources including vetinfo.com and pets.ca. While this data provides a view of relative longevity by breed, there are many factors that... »

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... »

Not sure if your dog is fat?

Not sure if your dog is fat?

In the last post, we discussed the sad and alarming facts and figures related to the National dog weight/obesity problem.  Today we will talk about how you can evaluate if your pet is overweight and identify some of the more common reasons that can result in weight gain. How can I tell if my dog is ... »

Can a Pet be too Old for Cancer Treatment?

Can a Pet be too Old for Cancer Treatment?

I read this story on PetMD last night: http://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/jintile/2013/jan/can-dog-be-too-old-for-cancer-treatment and was moved to write about our dog Becca as we had to face this very question for her this past year. We adopted Becca through a local Labrador rescue organization... »

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