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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Obesity

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor   


ThObesity in dogs is a serious problem. It will shorten a dog’s life and decrease his enjoyment of life. You are not doing him any favors by over-feeding your dog!

There are many ways to slim down an overweight dog. Most of them are simple and fun for both you and Fido! Taking him for a walk twice a day will be a great bonding experience. Start by going around the block, then gradually build up to a half-mile hike. Go slowly at first and reward your dog by brushing or petting him—food treats are far less rewarding than your attention!

Cut down the amount of food he is given and check with your veterinarian to see if a less fatty food is appropriate. Cut back on food rewards and table food and do not give in to ‘begging’. Remember, an obese dog is an unhealthy dog!

Always check with your vet about any changes you see in your dog. An office visit or skype meeting can mean the difference between a happy pet and one whose health is at risk!

If you have questions on this or any other dog-related issue please text or call me at 856.981.8957 or email me at There is never a fee for a phone or email consult.

Wado udohiyu (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson, owner of Brother of the Wolf, LLC

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