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8 Things You Need To Know About Obesity In Dogs

We hear all the time about the dangers of obesity in humans, but have you ever stopped to think about how those same dangers apply to your dog? You may love how happy your dog becomes when you give him a treat, or maybe you’re a sucker for hungry eyes, but either way, you may be shortening your dog’s life by giving in. Here are 8 things you should know about obesity in dogs – you may be loving your … Read more

How Much Food Should You Feed Your Dog?

iHeartDogs is reader-supported. When you buy via links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. The 2018 survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that 56% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Obesity can lead to serious complications ad health concerns for your dog, and it can rescue the quality of their life if not addressed properly. Overfeeding, too many treats, and not getting enough exercise/activity … Read more

Update: Obese Rescue Dog Who Shed 25 Pounds Has Her Forever Home

7-year-old Strudel was severely obese when the Virginia Beach rescue group Hearts for Hounds pulled her from a local shelter. Once the pet of an elderly owner, she found herself homeless and hopeless when that person passed away. On top of her poor diet and lack of activity, Strudel was diagnosed with a thyroid problem and joint inflammation. She needed some serious help if she was to regain her health. Hearts for Hounds posted the pitiful pup to Facebook in hopes … Read more

Doctor “Prescribes” Dog To Obese Man & It Saves His Life

In 2010, Sales Manager Eric O’Grey’s health was in serious danger. He was just 51, but years of carrying nearly 200 extra pounds of weight had taken its toll. O’Grey had Type II Diabetes, high cholesterol, unregulated blood pressure, and was taking 15 different medications each day. He sought the advice of a naturopathic doctor and was shocked by her unconventional prescription. She told him to get a dog. “She knew my underlying problem wasn’t medical, it was being reclusive,” … Read more

Signs Your Dog’s Body is Aging Too Fast

Smiling Senior Dog on Grass

I had an eye opening conversation recently with a friend that really enlightened my perspective on the aging process in dogs. It went like this: ME: Is my dog aging too fast?(I was totally skeptical when my friend dropped this one on me but I was intrigued). Aging too fast – as in faster than they should? “Yes.” He went on to explain it like this. FRIEND: Have you ever seen a human that looked way older than they were? What about mentally, … Read more

11 Ways You May Be Unintentionally Shortening Your Dog’s Life

Having a dog is a big responsibility. They depend on you to make the best decisions for them on everything from what they eat to how their hair is cut. Although every loving dog parent has the best intentions at heart, certain choices that seem simple and harmless may actually result in fewer years with your furry friend.   1. Skipping Annual Vet Visits Some people feel that it’s a waste of time and money to take their dogs to the … Read more

5 Easy Ways To Help Your Pup Shed Some Pounds

Excess weight on a dog can pose many health risks including damage to joints, bones and ligaments, and create heart disease and diabetes–just to name a few. Luckily, there are some super simple ways to trim your dog’s waistline. Holistic Animal Nutritionist Marc Ching of The PetStaurant sheds some light on helping your dog shed some pounds. #1 – Treats A lot of people don’t realize that most dog treats are full of starch and sugar. Like human diets, carbohydrates … Read more