Archive for January, 2014

Hefty, hefty, hefty…

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The beginning of a new year and we always look at ourselves negatively, mainly about our weight. Why is it that we are never satisfied with how we look? Good question…don’t know the answer.:) If you are thinking about trying to loose some weight I know a great companion to help you out…YOUR DOG!!! Yes, your four legged family member is most likely a little over weight and can use a health check by getting some extra exercise. Exercising alone can be boring and doesn’t give you much incentive to continue. But when you are exercising with your dog you have your best friend with you, supporting you plus making them happy by spending special time alone with them. Taking a walk is FREE and you can bring your dog with you. I promise you will feel better after you make the first step to help yourself and your dog.

Did you know an overweight dog is at jeopardy of getting heart disease, diabetes and joint/knee complications? It is so so true!!! When I meet people for the first time and they introduce me to their dog, the first thing I notice is the dog’s waste line. I am being honest with you when I tell you it is very disturbing to see a dog obese. To me it is a form of abuse…sorry…just being honest. If your dog doesn’t have a waste line and you can’t feel their ribs…they are over weight. Did you know it is harder to take weight off a dog than it is a human?

The cost of owning an over weight dog is outrageous. Heart disease could cost you much more and can deplete the productivity and longevity of your dogs life. If your dog’s ACL tears because their weight is too much for their knees, you are looking at surgery plus physical therapy which will cost you close to $1800.00 to @2400.00. Hip Dysplasia is very painful for your dog and when they have too much weight on them it increases the discomfort. A Diabetic dog can cost you between $100 and $200 per month.

What you don’t realize is how costly it is too take care of an over weight dog. You might disagree with me right now because your dog isn’t showing any signs of poor health (at least to you they are not showing signs). Just wait…your dog will start screaming at you which means you have to make a vet appointment which will cost you between…guess?
All it takes is for you to reduce the amount of food you are feeding him/her or replace the treats with sodium free rice cakes (apple/cinnamon are my dogs favorite). If you reduce the food intake replace with green beans (very low in calories). The green beans will also make them feel fuller longer.

Don’t be cruel take care of your dog by putting them on a diet…it will save you a lot of money now and in the future. If you are open to a diet that will reduce your dogs weight in 3 months to a healthier size…reach out to me and I can fill you in.
Until then, have a happy and healthy New Year to you and your entire family…especially your four legged members!!!!
Chef Loreen