312 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 in
March 1, 2010
Health Communications, Inc.
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0757313663
ISBN - 13: 9780757313660
Read from the Book
Pet obesity is a huge problem. How big? To better answer this question, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), conducted the first National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study in 2007. The findings were alarming: 43 percent of all dogs were assessed by a veterinary health-care provider as overweight or obese. By 2009, the findings were worse: 45 percent of all dogs-almost one-half-were classified as overweight or obese. And what if your dog isn't obese but is just toting around a few extra pounds? Owners who view their dogs' 'few extra pounds' as no big deal are greatly underestimating the potential health threat. Even as few as two or three extra pounds may be silently damaging your dog's vital organs.
The Problem with Extra Pounds
When I was in veterinary school in the late 1980s, very little emphasis was placed on the role fat tissue played in maintaining health or causing disease, especially in dogs and cats. In all honesty, fat was viewed as an inert by-product of excess calories. Unfortunately, that way of thinking hasn't changed much even though numerous studies have now proven that fat is a much more active tissue than we ever imagined and a direct cause of a multitude of diseases. These findings have led scientists to refer to fat as the 'second pancreas' because of the number of hormones and compounds that fat tissue secretes.
All fat is not created equal. There are two types of fat: white adipose tissue and brown adipose tissue, which serve two different p
From the Publisher
Is Your Dog Big Boned, Overly Fluffy . . . Or Does He Need a Doggy Diet?
Almost half of the dogs in North America are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for major medical problems and untimely death. Is your dog one of them?
Esteemed national television veterinarian and founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, Ernie Ward has helped hundreds of dogs reclaim their optimum health with his comprehensive plan, and now he can help your dog, too. In this unprecedented look at how we care for our pets, Dr. Ernie opens our eyes to the shocking truth about why we have unknowingly created a Perfect Storm of Portly Pets. For example, did you know that many pet foods are so spiked with sugar and fat that they actually cause your dog to eat even when she isn't hungry? Or that many pet formulas are so loaded with carbohydrates that they're causing a nation of carboholic canines? And even worse: Most well-intentioned pet owners are overfeeding their dogs by 25 percentevery day.The good news is there are simple ways you can turn the tide for good-and for the good of your dog. You'll discover:
- Must-know tips for stocking a healthy pet pantry
- Homemade meals and healthy treats that won't pack on the pounds
- How to avoid the unscrupulous marketing and packaging of some pet foods, supplements, and weight-loss formulas
- The best activities and exercises to maximize your pet's fitness without maxing out your time.
With cutting-edge science and ultra-practical tips, Dr. Ernie will help you give your dog the gift of great health that he or she deserves.
About the Author
Dr. Ernest Ward, DVM, or "Dr. Ernie,"is a practicing veterinarian who is dedicated to helping pets and their humans live healthier lives. He appears regularly on theRachael Ray Show, and has been featured on Animal Planet, NBCNightly News,theToday Showand CNN. He has authored and contributed to over fifty-five veterinary journal articles in North America, England, Canada, Japan, and China, and has published three books and three veterinary training videos. He lectures extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe, and China, and was awarded the Speaker of the Year award from the North American Veterinary Conference in 2004. An athlete himself, he is an avid racer certified personal trainer, triathlon coach and Ironman; he competed the inaugural Ford Ironman 70.3 World Championships and the 2008 Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.