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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757313663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757313660
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His explanations about how commercial foods are produced, what they're made up of and how they're regulated are thorough. He tries to take readers through the gibberish on the labels and points you toward good choices."
--USA Today

About the Author

Dr. Ernest Ward, DVM, or "Dr. Ernie," is a practicing veterinarian who is dedicated to helping pets and their humans live healthier lives. He appears regularly on the Rachael Ray Show, and has been featured on Animal Planet, NBC Nightly News, the Today Show and CNN. He has authored and contributed to over fifty-five veterinary journal articles in North America, England, Canada, Japan, and China, and has published three books and three veterinary training videos. He lectures extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe, and China, and was awarded the Speaker of the Year award from the North American Veterinary Conference in 2004. An athlete himself, he is an avid racer certified personal trainer, triathlon coach and Ironman; he competed the inaugural Ford Ironman 70.3 World Championships and the 2008 Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.

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"In 1996, after four years of veterinary practice, I took a long, hard look at my life and decided I wanted to seek a higher quality of life both for myself, my family and the pets I served. I was dissatisfied with the status quo and tradition of simply identifying and treating disease and began to focus on preventing disease and optimizing health. Nearly 20 years later, this journey has led me to become a student of human and veterinary physiology, nutrition, wellness and longevity. I am a believer in the "be it, do it, share it" philosophy. My desire is to reach out and help others because the relationships with ourselves, each other and our pet loved ones are the most important reasons for living." Dr. Ernie Ward

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

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Lacey on April 22, 2010
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Do you love your dog? How much? Could you be loving him to death? The current explosion of obesity in America extends to our canine friends also and I'm afraid that WE, as dog's best friend, are the culprit, NOT our pet.

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!
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If you love your dog, as we all do, I strongly suggest that you consider the advice in this book to hopefully prevent or reverse the suffering and illnesses like heart disease, and diabetes that are associated with obesity. Dogs and humans are very similar in developing some of the same diseases that are associated with being overweight. Thanks to this vet, we now have practical solutions in this book to help our dogs live longer and healthier lives. Thanks, Dr. Ward.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol J. Fitzgerald on May 14, 2010
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this book is very informative. my vet told me to buy it. I have a small dog rescue and over weight dogs are not healthy dogs. It will cause many other health issuses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Thornton on November 17, 2011
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Only wish I Dr. Ernie could be my doggie's vet! Love his research, his common sense approach, his philosophy on life and his love for man's best friends. I have found him to be my #1 resource for pet care. A great guide for feeding our pets well so they will live a long, healthy life. From vicky of vickyandjencom
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Jordan on November 18, 2010
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I have a lovely dog who started rapidly gaining weight after we had her spayed. Although I didn't do everything suggested in the book, it did help me gain knowledge about dogs and weight loss. My dog eventually lost 8 pounds. What I like about this book is that the author makes references (like in an academic paper) to veterinary, medical or scientific studies instead of just making statements without any backup to claims.
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