Advice for Slimming Down a Fat or Obese Dog
Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-06-2020) #691: Featuring Dr. RuthAnn Lobos and Trevor Jones. A Fat Dog is a Diseased Dog! Dr. RuthAnn Lobos — a competitive athlete herself and lead veterinarian at Merrick Pet Care — discusses with Tracie the American Veterinary Medical Association’s designation of obesity as a disease. Tracie is worried about her neighbor’s newly-adopted, re-homed Golden Retriever, Barry, who is obese at upwards of 20 lbs overweight. His aging blind previous owner free-fed him supermarket quality kibble and chocolate chip cookies as “snacks” with little exercise. Dr. RuthAnn explains the harm of fat (in dogs or humans) and how it “sends angry tweets of inflammation throughout the body.” She gives suggestions on how to slim down a fat, or very fat, dog; Trevor Jones talks about his children’s book MAJOR: A SOLDIER DOG, which is about the WWII Nebraska War Dog Program, seen from the point of view of the young boy’s pet dog who is sent to war.