Weight Management

Dog Food Labels Suck- Part 2

Dog Food Labels Suck- Part 2

In our last post, we discussed the problems with using the feeding instructions on dog food labels.  Following these can easily result in  over-feeding.   Today we will examine the monetary cost of overfeeding your dog. We will use the example that we used in Part 1 of this series.  We had a 60 lb. ... »

Pet Obesity in the U.S. 2015, Part 2

Pet Obesity in the U.S. 2015, Part 2

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has recently released the results of its latest annual pet obesity survey.  I had contacted APOP because their site did not provide much detail on this year’s survey.  Dr. Ernie Ward was kind enough to send over more detailed data, which I will be sh... »

Pet Obesity in the U.S. 2015

Pet Obesity in the U.S. 2015

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has recently released the results of its latest annual pet obesity survey.  Unfortunately for dogs (and cats) in the U.S., the news is not good.   According to APOP, in the U.S., 58% of all cats and 54% of all dogs are overweight or obese.  For ... »

Do You Really Want to Feed your Dog a Diet Food?

Do You Really Want to Feed your Dog a Diet Food?

Last week, in the final post on the top things that people don’t know about dog food series, I made mention of the fact that weight control foods are not necessarily a good option for an overweight dog.  I wanted to expand on that topic a bit this week with updated data on calories and carbohydrates... »

Calculating a Dog’s Body Mass Index?

Calculating a Dog’s Body Mass Index?

The body mass index, or BMI for short, is a quick way to ascertain whether a person is overweight, underweight, or just right.  For humans, the BMI is calculated by the formula: BMI = weightlbs / (heightinches )2 * 703   The resulting value is used to classify the person’s body condition.  A sc... »

Feeding a Dog to Lose Weight

Feeding a Dog to Lose Weight

Every other dog, and then some, in the United States is overweight according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). That means that there are around 44 million overweight or, worse, obese dogs in this country. These dogs need help and that help needs to come from their family in the f... »

Can I Give my Dog Holiday Food at Thanksgiving?

Can I Give my Dog Holiday Food at Thanksgiving?

Holiday Food Calories and the Exercise Your Dog Will Need to Burn it Off Holiday season is once again upon us. In the U.S., we will be celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday in less than two weeks and will soon follow this up with Christmas/Hanukkah, and New Year celebrations. Most people will tend to... »

Costs of Having a Fat Dog

Costs of Having a Fat Dog

I recently discussed some of the common health risks that dogs face from being overweight. The list of diseases and ailments that are associated with a dog being overweight is both long and serious, and will likely contribute to a lower quality of life for the pet and a shorter pet life span. If the... »

Health Risks of an Overweight Dog

Health Risks of an Overweight Dog

Continuing with our pet obesity awareness theme, I wanted to share some of the primary health risks that dogs might develop as a result of being overweight.   Much like with humans, carrying excess weight in the form of fat is not healthy for dogs and can impact their quality of life. Simply st... »

A Few Extra Pounds on a Dog can Change Their Life

A Few Extra Pounds on a Dog can Change Their Life

Pet obesity is a major problem in the U.S. and other countries and it can lead to shortened life spans and lower quality of life for overweight pets. Many dog owners do not think about their pet’s excess weight in proportion to their pet’s overall body size, which is one reason why the pet obesity p... »

Pet Obesity Awareness: Some Statistics

Pet Obesity Awareness: Some Statistics

October is Pet Obesity Awareness month, and October 7, 2015 is Pet Obesity Awareness day, and it is the perfect time to review some of the key statistics and information related to pet obesity. I would argue that the single most impactful thing that pet owners can do to improve the health of their p... »

Adjusting a Dog’s Food Portions

Adjusting a Dog’s Food Portions

Over the past few weeks, I have detailed the steps that are needed to determine the proper amount of food to feed a dog each day. The steps involve a few calculations but are well worth the effort in the long run.   For those pet parents who have worked through the steps, determined a daily pet feed... »

How Many Cups of Food Should I Feed My Dog?

How Many Cups of Food Should I Feed My Dog?

Last week, I provided some benchmark values that can be used to estimate how many calories a dog needs each day to maintain a certain weight. The next step in determining how much food to feed a dog is to use this calorie estimate in conjunction with the caloric values of their foods and treats, to ... »

How Much to Feed Your Dog: Importance of an Ideal Weight

How Much to Feed Your Dog: Importance of an Ideal Weight

Far too many people are not aware of the amount of food their dogs really require each day to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.   According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), a majority of dogs in the U.S. are overweight. Just like with people, an overweight dog will have a s... »

U.S. Pet Obesity: The Total Number of Pounds our Dogs are Overweight

U.S. Pet Obesity: The Total Number of Pounds our Dogs are Overweight

We recently wrote about the 2014 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey results, which were very disappointing. According to this year’s survey, the number of obese dogs has risen the past two years and the total number of overweight or obese dogs in the US is almost 44 million. I thought it ... »

U.S. Pet Obesity Statistics, 2012-2014

U.S. Pet Obesity Statistics, 2012-2014

Dr. Ernie Ward and The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) recently released the results of the 2014 pet obesity survey. The study, conducted in the fall of 2014, continues to show that Americans are over feeding their pets. By a lot.   Overweight or obese dogs make up 52.7% of all do... »

Energy Flux for Overweight Dogs?

Energy Flux for Overweight Dogs?

Whether for dogs or for people, achieving weight loss and keeping weight off requires the proper levels of net calories: calories consumed less calories expended. For weight loss, there must be a deficit and to maintain the optimal weight, there must be an equal balance between the calories consumed... »

Feeding a Dog Cheap Dog Food Can Cost You

Feeding a Dog Cheap Dog Food Can Cost You

In the modern world, food is relatively abundant and there is a wide variety of convenient foods available on the grocery store shelf. More often than not, these foods may contain ingredients of dubious quality, yet the general public mostly chooses to ignore the ingredient label and will still purc... »

#GimmeFive Campaign

#GimmeFive Campaign

This year marks the fifth anniversary of First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative. The initiative was introduced as a means to help fight childhood obesity. There have been some significant changes and advancements made in fighting obesity as a result of this movement which she... »

Pedigree Dog Health Issues

Pedigree Dog Health Issues

Our recent update on Fat Labs at Westminster once again proved to be a lightning rod for comments and complaints about pedigree show dog health. And it wasn’t limited to the overweight Labs, we heard from many purebred dog owners, some who show their dogs and some who refuse to because of unhe... »

Can I Give my Dog Turkey at Thanksgiving?

Can I Give my Dog Turkey at Thanksgiving?

Holiday Food Calories and the Exercise Your Dog Will Need to Burn off the Calories Holiday season is once again nearing. In the U.S., we will be celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday in two weeks and will soon follow this up with Christmas/Hanukkah, and New Year celebrations. Most people tend to over... »

Is Overfeeding Your Pet a Sign of Love?

Is Overfeeding Your Pet a Sign of Love?

Dumb Ass Dog Owners or DADO’s. When I read about this blog hop last week, I wasn’t sure if I would join because I wasn’t sure what to write about and then it hit me…the biggest DADO of all and a real pet peeve, the people who think that having a fat pet shows that they are we... »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 197 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 197 Calories?

Today we continue our series on the exercise needed to burn off small portions of commercially available dog foods. The series was inspired by the Washington Post report of the Journal of Public Health study which suggests that people are more likely to make smarter food choices if they are made awa... »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need to Burn 211 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need to Burn 211 Calories?

The Washington Post recently reported on an interesting study in the American Journal of Public Health which suggests that showing people the amount of exercise they would need to perform to burn off a sweetened beverage is more effective in curtailing consumption than is displaying that drink’s cal... »

Pet Obesity Awareness Day | Caring for your Critter

Pet Obesity Awareness Day | Caring for your Critter

Today we are joining the Caring for Critters Round Robin and writing about one of the more serious and invasive pet health issues around – Obesity.   I know this isn’t a new topic for us to cover, we write about nutrition, health, fitness and exercise almost everyday, so why the spe... »

Pet Obesity: The Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

Pet Obesity: The Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day was created by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) to help raise awareness of both the seriousness of and pervasiveness of the pet obesity problem we have in the U.S. It also provides the perfect opportunity to highlight the substantial financial cost... »

National Walk Your Dog Week

National Walk Your Dog Week

We’re excited to be participating once again in National Walk Your Dog Week. National Walk Your Dog Week was founded in 2010 by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige, to bring awareness to the ever increasing problem of canine behavior issues and canine obesity in A... »

How Much Should I Feed My Dog

How Much Should I Feed My Dog

According to Dr. Ernie Ward, the Founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), “The most important decision that you make each day regarding your pet’s health is what you feed them. What you pour into that bowl each morning has the greatest influence of anything else you will do to k... »

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... »

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... »

dog on treadmill

Your Dog Can’t Out Exercise a Poor Diet

Having a fit dog, or being a fit human for that matter, requires dedication and regular exercise.  Luckily for us and our dogs, there are many exercise options available, many of which can be used to work around injuries and other ailments.  But being consistently active is only part of the equation... »

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new web tools for our dog loving readers, the SlimDoggy Food Database and the SlimDoggy Calorie Tracker.   First, we have published our dog food data including calorie amounts, macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs), ingredients, and our Slimdoggy... »

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy

Last week we discussed the high cost of having an overweight dog.  This week we provide 5 tips to help keep your dog fit and healthy.  You will notice that most of these have to do with food and feeding.  That’s because the amount and quality of food you serve your dog is the single biggest fa... »

The High Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

The High Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

We are killing our dogs and paying tons of money to do so. Yes, you read that right.  Are you willing to gamble with your pet’s longevity and health by allowing them to be overweight? Having an overweight dog is costly: To the dog’s lifespan: lean dogs will live on average almost two years lon... »

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... »

agility drill with dog

Exercising a Dog’s Body and Mind at K9Kamp

Exercising with your dog should be fun.  For both of you.  Slimdoggy Jack loves his runs, walks, and pretty much anything we do that involves movement (or food).  As we mentioned last week, we are joining up as a K9 Kamp Kounselor and helping to spread the message of how important it is to have fun ... »

Blog the Change: How can YOU Help Fight Pet Obesity?

We’re joining the Blog the Change for Animals Blog Hop today. The purpose of this Hop is to: “Join Team BtC and others who care about animals in need by writing about your favorite animal-related cause, reading posts, leaving comments, and sharing on your favorite social networks!”... »

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 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... »

From Fat to Fit: Q & A with Gabriella Martinez

From Fat to Fit: Q & A with Gabriella Martinez

We recently had a conversation about our PetsMove initiative with Gabriella Martinez, the Editor in Chief of Pupculturemagazine.com.   Based in Rochester NY, Pupculture Magazine publishes 6 interactive issues each year on a wide range of topics related to dogs.   It turns out that the interview... »

Slimdoggy app home page

The SlimDoggy iPhone App Update

For this week’s FitDog Friday post, we thought we would post a video segment about our iPhone App. Believe it or not, many of our readers aren’t aware that we created an app that helps dog owners keep their dog fit and slim. The Slimdoggy app is like a combination of “Runkeeper” and “Weight Watchers... »

Pet obesity linked to emotional eating?

Pet obesity linked to emotional eating?

Stories like these make me smile and cry at the same time. In an article in the latest edition of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Franklin McMillan suggests pets sometimes eat to dispel negative emotions, stress and nervousness   Pet obesity linked to emotional eating – MyWebTimes.com... »

Slimdoggy Fit Tips for Dogs

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Fit and Slim: Infographic #2

Ben Franklin said that “Experience is the best teacher, but a fool will learn from no other”.   Although dear old Ben was not known for his svelte body, he was quite a brilliant man.  With that said, we would like to share our second, reader inspired infographic with tips for keeping your dog fit an... »

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 ... »

Your Dog as a Workout Partner – Research Recap

Your Dog as a Workout Partner – Research Recap

Getting motivated to exercise/workout is a challenge for many people.  Life always seems to get in the way and many of us just accept a sedentary lifestyle.  As hard as it is for me, an exercise-aholic, to fathom this the numbers tell the sobering story.   US Obesity Statistics As we reported i... »

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... »

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 ... »

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. ... »

Exercising Your Dog: Eliminate Excuses and Get Fit!

Exercising Your Dog: Eliminate Excuses and Get Fit!

Editor’s note: the inspiration behind this post came from a conversation with our friend and fellow blogger Kimberly Gauthier, of Keepthetailwagging.com.  We were discussing our PetsMove.org initiative and Kimberly made the great point that many of us come up with excuses when it comes to our pet’s ... »

Cardio Exercises for Your Dog

Cardio Exercises for Your Dog

This week, we continue our discussion of an optimal fitness program for your dog and will highlight the second component of a balanced program: cardio exercises for your dog. “Cardio”, from the Greek “kardia”, which means heart, is the common term used for aerobic exercise.  According to Wikipedia: ... »

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... »

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... »

Exercise Alternatives for Senior Dogs

Exercise Alternatives for Senior Dogs

Last week we provided some general tips on exercising your senior dog.  This week we are going to provide some specific exercises that you can do with your senior dog to ensure that their muscles are worked in a balanced fashion.  In fact, these exercises can be used with dogs of any age, not just s... »

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... »

SlimDoggy Releases a Free Canine and Dog Food Calculator App

SlimDoggy Releases a Free Canine and Dog Food Calculator App

As some of you now know, we just released a free version of our iPhone App!  You can download it in the App store — click here.   For now, the free version provides virtually the same features that our paid version does although the paid version will be getting more frequent functional up... »

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... »

Tips for Running With Your Dog

Tips for Running With Your Dog

I love running. Even more, I love running with my dogs. I have been running with my dogs for almost 20 years now, starting with Sweet Sally Brown, then Tino, Becca , and now Maggie and Jack. We are fortunate that since we moved to the West Coast, we have lived near great parks and trails, which make... »

FitDog Friday- K9Kamp Recap

FitDog Friday- K9Kamp Recap

As part of the K9Kamp, we were challenged to be even more active with our dogs, SlimDoggy Jack & Maggie, and we certainly were over the past few weeks.  Not only did we have Jack work on his core, but we also increased his running and did more of our longer runs than we have in a while. Maggie i... »

Dear Labby, My Rescue Cocker Spaniel is Chubby!

Dear Labby, My Rescue Cocker Spaniel is Chubby!

Dear Labby, My Cocker Spaniel, who we rescued from a shelter 6 months ago, is 5 yrs old and has gained four lbs.  She is looking too chubby and we don’t know what to do! She weighs 27.4 lbs, and the vet thinks she should be at 22-23 lbs. I feed her Nutrisca dry food, chicken and chickpea recip... »

What should YOUR Breed of dog weigh?

What should YOUR Breed of dog weigh?

  We compiled this list of dog breeds and their normal weight ranges.  Use this a a guide when assessing your dog’s physical condition.   We say guide because sometimes a dog will fall outside of the normal range and still be at a healthy weight. Frame size, bone density, and other factor... »

Core Workout for a Dog?

Core Workout for a Dog?

Thank Dog its FitDog Friday!  This week, we are focusing on one aspect of our K9Kamp fitness challenge, hosted by our friends Peggy Frezon and Kol’s Notes. We chose to use the K9Kamp challenge to motivate us to modify Slimdoggy Jack’s regular exercise routine to include a more diversified set of act... »

SlimDoggy App 2.0

SlimDoggy App 2.0

We are pleased to announce the release of an updated SlimDoggy app, now available in the App store or by clicking here.   We have made some major changes including a new, left navigation panel which you can access from anywhere in the app by simply swiping your screen to the right. We will be a... »

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!)  ... »

5 Signs that my Dog is Fit

5 Signs that my Dog is Fit

Welcome to this week’s FitDog Friday Blog Hop where SlimDoggy and his blogger friends share ideas, stories, and photos on dog fitness and health. An Important Question Today we want to ask (and possibly answer) a simple, yet important question: “How do I know if my dog is fit & healthy?”  I thou... »

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... »

Get the SlimDoggy Widget!

Get the SlimDoggy Widget!

We are pleased to announce that the SlimDoggy web widget is now available. This widget provides some of the features available in the SlimDoggy iPhone App. Check it out below. Use the widget to: Estimate your dog’s daily calorie requirements so you can feed them the proper servings. Look up a ... »

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... »

Dear Labby (Concerned & ChubbyDad)

Dear Labby (Concerned & ChubbyDad)

  Dear Labby, I love dogs and really want to help out my local dog rescue, but I just can’t provide a forever home right now (work schedule & living situation).  How else can I help? WantsToHelp Dear WantstoHelp,  There are so many things you can do to help out and your local shelter ... »

5 Tips to Help Your Dog Shed Weight (not hair)

5 Tips to Help Your Dog Shed Weight (not hair)

Our FitDog Friday blog post continues our discussion about keys to a healthy dog. Last week, we talked about how exercise and diet are both important components to keeping your dog fit and healthy.  We emphasized basal metabolism and how, except in the most unusual cases, a dog’s calorie burn from e... »

Does Your Dog Need More Exercise?

Does Your Dog Need More Exercise?

Providing your dog with sufficient amounts of exercise is crucial both for weight management and for ensuring a well behaved pet.  We stumbled upon this article on petside.com which can help you evaluate whether or not your dog is getting enough high quality exercise. You can read the full piece her... »

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... »

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... »

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: ... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »