2008-03-20-Your Dog is Fat. And You Know What to Do

Your Dog is Fat. And You Know What to Do
March 20, 2008 01:32 PM ET | Katherine Hobson | Permanent Link

Katherine Hobson’s dog Mindy
(Katherine Hobson)
I knew it was time to do something about my dog’s weight when an obedience trainer who hadn’t seen her in a year greeted us with, “Mindy! You’ve gotten so, um, fluffy!” Mindy may have taken it as a compliment, but I knew better. My vet says that because her short legs and long back (she’s a dachshund mix) predispose her to disk problems, she really should pare about 1.5 pounds off her current 16.5-pound frame.

The doggie solution is (not surprisingly) a mirror of good weight management in owners: Eat less, exercise more, and—this is key—devise a plan that works with the animal’s preferences, says Deirdre Chiaramonte, staff internist and director of the fitness and rehabilitation service at the Animal Medical Center in New York.

On the diet side of things, for example, Read Entire Article


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