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My Fat Dog: Ten Simple Steps to Help Your Pet Lose Weight for a long and Happy Life Paperback – September 25, 2006

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Martha Garvey helped her dog Faith, a curvaceous beagle/Staffordshire mix, lose the twelve pounds she had gained as a result of a paw injury and oversnacking. Founder of Moving Stories, Martha lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with Faith (and her husband Jeff).

Deborah Greco, D.V.M., Ph.D., is a staff endocrinologist at The Animal Medical Center in New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578261988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578261987
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.3 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,461,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Young on September 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
The first time I met a dog on a diet, twenty or so years ago, I felt nothing but pity for the poor thing and scorn for its owner. How dare she enforce human standards on her sweet, good-natured lab? Sure, he was a little barrel-waisted, but so what? Let the dog be free!

That was twenty years ago when I was a young pup myself and hated society's pressure on me to be thin. I have a bit more perspective now. I also have a dachshund. I've read that dachshunds are prone to back problems as they get older, and that excess fat aggravates this unhappy condition.

But it's so easy to slip him a little extra dog food or drop a bit of my dinner into his dish after I eat. He loves people food. He also loves training snacks, and the mini-treats in the car, and the food stuffed into his kong to keep him busy when left alone.

He began to expand. I knew I had to take steps. To paraphrase that notorious radio psychologist, Dr. Laura, "I am my dog's owner." I bought this book to help me be a better guardian of my pooch's girth.

It's a very nutritious book! My favorite tidbit is how to know if your dog is really fat of just, ahem, "big-boned." And I also know how much food to feel my dog, and how to read dog food labels. No more dumping food in his dish according to how hungry he looks or how especially fond I am of him at that moment. I guess one of the things I need pounding into my head is that overfeeding is not the same as love. If I want my dog to live long and prosper, I'd better control his diet and give him enough exercise. The author gives lots of ideas on exercise for all kinds of different types of households. Just do it! It matters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bellflower44240 on February 16, 2011
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I am thoroughly enjoying this book. I have had difficulty in the past finding an easy, reliable source for calories and comparison of dog foods. The exercise ideas are great and I feel like my dogs and I are all profiting from the new diets and alternatives means of exercise. I highly recommend this book for people wanting a practical way to increase their dogs health.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam on September 13, 2005
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This book is exactly what it advertises itself as - simple. But that does not stop it from being a very valuable source of information on ways to improve your dog's life. There are no high-tech, high-expense suggestions for how to treat your dog just like Paris Hilton treats Tinkerbelle. Instead, Ms. Garvey uses a straightforward approach, giving detailed and specific information on how to improve your dog's general living habits, from diet to exercise and much, much more.

If you are looking for the new Atkins diet for your dog, steer clear. But if you want to help your dog improve his or her overall health for, as the title says, "a long and happy life," you should absolutely buy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gene Sandow on February 15, 2008
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Although weight-loss in dogs involves common sense more than anything else, such as reducing caloric intake and increasing activity, this small book offers most of the tips that will ensure safe weight-loss in any dog. The book is easy to read, and is medically accurate. But perhaps the best lesson to be learned is not to let your dog get fat in the first place. It's easy to succumb to giving your dog that extra treat or table scrap when you see see those pleading eyes, but this temptation should be resisted for the long-term health and longevity of your dog.
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