Obesity

Can Turmeric Help Stave off Obesity in Dogs?

Can Turmeric Help Stave off Obesity in Dogs?

What we eat and how much of it we eat can have a major impact on our overall health and lifespan. The same is true for our dogs. Our decisions on which foods to buy, and how much to serve at each meal, will have a marked impact on the dog’s overall health and wellness.   If you or your pet need... »

Why Dog Food Labels Suck – Part 1

Why Dog Food Labels Suck – Part 1

I often wonder why we have such a massive canine/pet obesity problem in this country. Is it because we don’t care about the health and well being of our dogs and would prefer that they live shorter lives?  I don’t think so (MV notwithstanding)! Is it because we don’t care about the... »

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 ... »

Crufts Controversy and Tools to Ensure Your Dog’s Health and Soundness

Crufts Controversy and Tools to Ensure Your Dog’s Health and Soundness

Most of you have probably seen the outcry this past week regarding the poor conformation of the German Shepherd Dog that won Best of Breed in the recent Crufts Dog show in the United Kingdom. If you haven’t, you can read about it here (Crufts plunged into cruelty row over ‘deformed’... »

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... »

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... »

Calculating a Dog’s Daily Calorie Needs

Calculating a Dog’s Daily Calorie Needs

Determining how many calories a dog burns each day is crucial for knowing how much to feed the dog. Most people are not aware of how many calories their dog really needs, and the result is that many pet owners are over feeding, which can cause a multitude of health problems for the dog.   Today... »

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... »

Are Show Dogs Fat?

Are Show Dogs Fat?

Last year, following the Westminster Dog Show, we wrote a series of articles expressing our concern over the overweight appearance of the Labradors in the show. The first was No Wonder a Lab has Never Won at Westminster. We followed that up with an article looking into the changes in Labrador’... »

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... »

#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... »

Influencing Obesity Genes in Dogs

Influencing Obesity Genes in Dogs

Nutrigenomics, the study of how food and nutrition can alter a body’s gene expression, is an interesting and relatively new field of study that can help uncover the true power of food as the first line of disease prevention, or in the case of poor dietary choices, the power of food as a facilitator ... »

What are Functional Foods?

What are Functional Foods?

In our last article, we used the Hippocrates quote “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” to illuminate the idea that food can be a powerful deterrent and cure of many diseases and ailments.   Hippocrates (rightfully) believed that the things that you eat can help the body ... »

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 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... »

What if Every Dog Ran: Costs of Having a Fat Dog

What if Every Dog Ran: Costs of Having a Fat Dog

I recently wrote about the Mizuno sponsored study entitled “What if Everybody Ran”, which calculated the benefits of what would happen if everyone in the United States ran and was fit. The study is eye opening as it calculated numerical estimates, across the entire U.S. population, of the associated... »

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... »

Should Dogs be Allowed to Adopt People: Benefits of Owning a Dog

Should Dogs be Allowed to Adopt People: Benefits of Owning a Dog

Kimberly Gauthier at Keep the Tail Wagging recently posted an article with a controversial title, Should Overweight People be Allowed to Adopt Dogs? This thoughtful piece, while extolling the benefits of exercising a pet properly, also emphasized that we should not be quick to judge others. It also ... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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. ... »

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... »

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... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

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... »

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: ... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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 ... »

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... »

Slentrol Part II

Slentrol Part II

The more you think about it, the worse it gets. I recently wrote a brief post about Slentrol, the dog obesity drug.  You can read that here. For those who are using or considering using Slentrol,  let’s take a closer look at how it works. The official Slentrol website explains how the drug wor... »

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!   »

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 ... »