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A Rather Weighty Issue

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Jessie, svelte dog with a nose for common sense:  Well, I hate to say it, but it’s true.  Due to the extreme heat in the Kansas City metro area over the past summer, a lot of my canine friends did not get the much-needed outdoor exercise they needed to keep their weight down and their health in check.

Case in point: Our contributing guest dog writer, Bolt.  As cute as he may be, he slacked off on his fitness regimen in the blazing summer months, developing a rather lazy habit that has followed him into this fall. Needless to say, if he wants to be ready for swimsuit season next summer, he needs to get his rear in gear….literally!  A small dog to begin with, those couple of extra pounds are like unwanted baggage on him.

If your dog has gained some weight recently, here are a few tips to get him back in shape:

1.) First and foremost, speak with your veterinarian to determine the best weight for your dog and to discuss a healthy weight loss program.  Your vet can also determine if there are any underlying health conditions your pet might be experiencing.

2.) Start exercising!  Heck!  You may even need to shed a few pounds yourself, so go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air.  Start slowly and work your way up to a more intensified routine. Don’t push your dog too fast too soon.

3.) Reduce the number of snacks and treats you give your dog.  I know…that cute little face he gives as he barks at your feet while you indulge in something yummy is hard to resist. However, in continually indulging his love of snacks, you are doing him more harm than good.  Consider hugs and belly rubs as an alternative! Besides, isn’t all about the love anyway?

Well…that’s my daily dish…fat-free and calorie-free.  Enjoy!  Be sure to come back for seconds!

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