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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."
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757313663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757313660
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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. Her Vet says she is very healthy for a senior dog. Her coat got blacker and her energy is better.
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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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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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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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