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Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter -A Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives Paperback – February 1, 2010
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Dr. Ernie Ward has spent his entire career practicing, writing about, lecturing on and encouraging better care for dogs and cats. Whether he's discussing the dangers of obesity, how to perform a physical examination, dealing with behavioral issues, answering pet owner's questions about surgery or how to provide better care for aging pets, Dr. Ward's unifying theme is "do what is in the pet's best interest."
Dr. Ward was instrumental in bringing senior pet care guidelines to general veterinary practices in 1999. In 2001, he developed and published protocols for monitoring pets receiving long term medications such as Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Previcox, Zubrin, Metacam, Enacard, thyroid hormone, prednisone and more. His chart for drug monitoring guidelines is found in most small animal veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada. Dr. Ward was an early promoter of mandatory pre-surgical blood testing for dogs and cats, the administration of intravenous fluids throughout the procedure and pre- and post-operative pain management, even for routine surgeries such as spay (OHE) and neuter (orchiectomy). Dr. Ward was an advocate for extended vaccination protocols as early as 1999. He was an early adopter of C02 laser surgery, beginning to use surgical lasers in his practice in 1999. He gave over fifty lectures in the US, Canada and Europe on the importance of three-year vaccines and wrote and produced a veterinary staff training video and guidebook on immunology and vaccinology in 2004. In 2005, he founded the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (www.PetObesityPrevention.com) to help raise awareness on the dangers of excess weight in dogs and cats. He is a certified personal trainer and USA Triathlon certified coach and Ironman finisher.
He is the owner and chief-of-staff of Seaside Animal Care, a National Practice of Excellence Award winning small animal veterinary clinic located in Calabash, North Carolina.
Dr. Ernie has authored and been featured in over fifty-five medical journal articles and is a 1992 graduate of the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine. In 2009, Dr. Ward had a series of general veterinary practice articles published in the Beijing Companion Animal Veterinary Journal.
Dr. Ward is a frequent guest on the "Rachael Ray Show" and has appeared on the Today Show, Animal Planet, NBC Nightly News, CNN and numerous television and radio talk shows nationwide. He was awarded the "Speaker of the Year" award for the 2004 North American Veterinary Conference, and has spoken at every major North American veterinary conference and in Europe, Taiwan and China and has been a guest lecturer at most of the nation's veterinary schools. His articles have been published in the US, Canada, England, Japan and China.
He lives with his wife, two daughters, their "beach mutt" Sandy and two cats, Freddie (25-toes and attitude to spare) and Itty Bitty Kitty.
For more information, visit Dr. Ward's website at www.DrErnieWard.com
Top Customer Reviews
Sure, I know, Oscar the dachshund is SO cute when he's "sitting pretty" for you and rolling those eyes in that flirtatious way that is so hard to resist while he tosses his head backwards and points to the food source with his long snout. That is no excuse, however, for filling his bowl beyond the proper nutritional level. He can't help it that he just happens to love to eat! It's his instinct, and it's OUR responsibility to make sure that we moderate his food supply and nourish our pet with loads of love and attention instead.
Don't think that by reading the back of the dog food bag you are going to get quick and easy answers, either. Regulations for the labeling of dog food are more lax than human food labeling, which leaves a lot to be desired in itself. For example, if you buy the Chicken or Beef Meal "Formula", "Dinner", "Platter", "Entrée" or "Recipe", did you know that the protein requirement is only 25%? Also, what IS "meal"?
Fortunately for us dog lovers (and in Seattle our numbers are legion) a new book has been published by veterinarian Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, to explain obesity in dogs and how WE, the owners, can bring our dog's weight down to its correct size. Book chapters cover topics such as how to decipher cryptic pet food labels, develop a weight loss plan, make dog meals from nutritious recipes, motivate our pet to exercise, and even insure that his "end" result will be well-formed, smell good, and scoop up easily!Read more ›
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I gave up giving my dog "purchased dog food after getting so many bugs in the bags". I used this book to make her food and she has actually been healthier since. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Diane Kobernick
A bit too in depth in places, but overall it was a good, interesting read. It covers the problems with commercial dog food, and has several recipes for homemade, healthy dog food... Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by bogyjoe
This book has served as a great resource while I try to assist my corgi in losing weight, and has good recipeesPublished on March 29, 2013 by jodster64
An insight to the dog food world for those of us concerned as much about our dog's health as we are our own. Read morePublished on December 25, 2010 by rvtgirl