Dog Thyroid Problem or Dog Obesity

Behavioral issues, lethargy, and weight gain are all signs of a dog thyroid problem. Often times, dog parents will attribute canine weight gain to feeding too many treats, too much dog food, and/or not enough exercise. As dog mom who has shared life with a hypothyroid dog, I know all too well about the signs, symptoms, and often misdiagnosis of obesity when, in fact, the … [Read more...]

How to Safely Help Your Overweight Dog Lose Weight

It's a topic that sends chills up the spine of dog parents everywhere: Fat pets. No one wants to admit their dog is overweight, but someone has to approach the topic. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reveals that 57.9% of cats and 52.7% of dogs are overweight or obese. That's astounding. Many veterinarians don't approach the sensitive topic with their clients because … [Read more...]

Do Bad People Raise Thin Dogs?

“I had no idea my dog didn’t weigh enough. Am I a bad person?” She wants to know if bad people raise thin dogs and is asking me??? Oh boy. This is the note I received from a very loving, caring, dog mom a few months ago. Let’s call the dog mom "Wanda" for sake of anonymity. Wanda has a few dogs and she engages in many activities with them, has a pet sitter when she is away, … [Read more...]

How to Help a Fat Dog

According to a study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all U.S. dogs and cats are obese. It’s an epidemic. So when my darling  (and devouring) Dexter dined a little too heavily, the vet issued me a stern reprimand. Gulp! A fat dog? Me? I love dogs, I write about dogs, and my dog is a portly pooch? Well, not really portly, but he had gained two … [Read more...]

One Resource You Need To Fight Against Dog Obesity

Does your dog need to lose weight but you don't know where exactly to start or what the "healthy" way to do it means? You aren't alone. There is an dog obesity and overweight dog epidemic in this country. Maybe you'd like to lose a few pounds or just get in shape, too. I know I could use a bit more exercise and to drop at least 5 pounds. After a year of healthy eating, long … [Read more...]

The Overweight Dog Epidemic

Do you have an overweight dog? This is a very sensitive topic for many dog moms and dads, and I can relate. Despite all of my intentions and wanting to do right by my dog, he still managed to gain a few unnecessary pounds. I was over-treating and overfeeding my dog without even realizing it. I've taken to measuring Dexter's food and setting treats aside for the day so I don't … [Read more...]

My Dog Helped Me Lose 40 Pounds by Gaining 25

I lost 40 pounds by gaining 25.  I got a dog  (all 25 pounds of her) and started walking and exercising with her. Within a few months, the weight came off and I felt a lot better. So my dog helped me lose 40 by gaining 25. It was the early 90s and working full time while going to college at night became my excuse/reason for gaining weight. The late night runs for fast food and … [Read more...]