I was pretty bad this past holiday...
All the food, snacks and goodies that were going around definitely did not help me stay good and stick to my diet. The worst thing about the holidays was that they didn’t only affect me; they did a number on my dog Chewy too.
Being the expert beggar that he is, Chewy made short work of the friends and family that visited with us. I'm not kidding - this guy is a pro! He really knows how to pull off those "puppy dog eyes" making it hard for our visitors to resist giving him a "piece of this" and a "taste of that".
Needless to say, Chewy and I both put on a couple of pounds, but you know what? It’s a brand new year so I’m using the opportunity to get us back on track.
If you and your dog happen to be in a similar situation to my dog and I, then make sure to read this week’s issue of The Intelligent Pet. Robert Mueller outlines the dangers of canine obesity and offers some simple tips on how to prevent this from happening to your pets.
Stay strong and stay healthy,
Amber Keiper and the rest of the BARF World Team
P.S. You'll also notice a new section in The Intelligent Pet e-zine called "Tail Us What You Think" where we will be posting your comments about past articles, stories and jokes. Feel free to contribute by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org!"
NEWS FLASH: Canine Obesity Is On The Rise!By Robert Mueller
Veterinarian Dr. Denise Elliott DVM, PhD of Banfield Pet Hospital in Portland, Oregon recently published a report noting that diabetes is on the rise in our pets. This disease can include symptoms of excessive urination, increased thirst, lethargy and sudden blindness. Surgery and anesthesia are even more hazardous for your pet if they must have undergo these procedures, for instance when spaying/neutering your pet.
Did you know that diabetes is closely tied to obesity and often requires lifelong veterinary treatment? Obesity in dogs has many other negative implications:
We tend to feed our pets like we feed ourselves. The result is that an overwhelming amount of both humans and pets in this country have become obese.
In the US, it is estimated that 20 to 40% of all dogs are considered obese. This, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s statistics of 33.9 percent of adults over the age of 20 being obese, creates an alarming picture of this nation’s health. The biggest difference between the two scenarios is that a human can make a choice on what they should eat, whereby the dog is forced to consume what is given to them.
A dog whose weight is controlled may not exhibit the symptoms of an overweight dog and as a result will feel good, be mentally sharp, have more energy, and be better able to give affection.
As your pet’s guardian it is important to give them the best chance of living a long and healthy life. Though some find feeding a high-quality BARF diet a big investment in the beginning, you will find that the cost of medical treatment, x-rays, labs, teeth cleaning, expensive medical complications that lead to surgical interventions, etc. should be dramatically reduced and/or eliminated. This notable reduction makes pet ownership the joy it was meant to be.
So you see, it’s not that hard to keep your pet’s weight in order if you stick to the tips outlined above. If you do, you will have yourself with a healthy, happy animal that will perhaps enjoy a longer life and maintain a healthy weight for the long haul.
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of "Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret", and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements - the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for "The Intelligent Pet" monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.
|Bark Out Loud|
abc.com that confirms what many of us have suspected of our canine family members all along.
Wags of Wisdom:"If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people."
|Tail Us What You Think|
Last week, we shared with you an article about hybrid dog breeding that received so many responses about that it prompted us to add a new section to The Intelligent Pet e-zine, "Tail Us What You Think".|
Here are some of the responses below:
“People looking to get a "designer dog" should consider the weaknesses of the breeds as well as their strengths. For instance, many goldendoodles are prone to ear infections and allergies because both Golden Retrievers and poodles are prone to them. Thus, the blend of the 2 breeds can be even more susceptible to them." –Trudy H. (via email)