Rocky’s Viewpoint

Rockys Viewpoint

A blog for people who treat their dogs better than family

Have you looked at your dog’s food label and wondered what it all meant? If you’re concerned about feeding the best possible diet to your dog, how do you determine that by comparing labels, if at all?

Reading and becoming familiar with the common terminology on dog food labels is one of the best ways to determine the quality of food you are feeding.

It’s a new year and many people are making resolutions that involve weight loss in themselves. I’m sure most of us have put on a few pounds over the holidays and the New Year is great time to get serious and get in shape. The same is true with our dogs. How do you know if your dog is overweight?

Recently we seem to be getting a lot of questions about dog food and how to choose or improve diet. People want to make sure they are doing the best they can for their dogs. I admire that. We’re the first to admit that we’re not experts, but we do know things you shouldn’t be…

We’re currently working with two dogs, Georgia and Edison, who are both severely overweight and are advancing in their years. If something isn’t done to take the weight off, they’ll soon begin to experience problems associated with the extra weight. Already, prior to beginning our program, one of them was having trouble breathing after walking only a very short distance.

People often ask us what they can do with their dog’s diet to help the dog lose weight. Even when their dogs are on a low calorie diet, they often say their dogs aren’t losing weight or have only lost a little. So we’ve been telling them about the green bean diet. It’s a diet many people have never heard of. Very simply, this diet reduces the amount of kibble by up to 50% and substitutes green beans, which are low in calories and higher in fiber.

We’re halfway through Baylor’s boot camp, and he’s looking good. He’s lost 7 pounds and his endurance and muscle tone is really improving. And you can now see his waistline! He still doesn’t care for swimming (imagine that for a lab) but he tolerates it. He’s now running on the treadmill instead of walking, swimming more with less rest, and he doesn’t get as winded when he plays with the other dogs.

Kobi is a 4 year old beagle that weighs almost 70 lbs. He should probably weigh closer to 35 or 40. His weight kept creeping up and was caused by a number of circumstances. His “mom” Pam said her efforts to help him lose weight weren’t working. So she brought him to us. This video is his first visit to Rocky’s Retreat.

Is your dog overweight? If so, check out this video to see what can be done to help. If your dog doesn’t lose the weight, studies show he’ll die an average of 2 years earlier than a dog at normal weight, and will suffer health problems that may include diabetes, heart, joint and breathing problems, and more. Plus you’ll be spending unnecessary time and money at the vet’s office. Do both you and your dog a favor, help him lose the weight starting today.

Category: Weight Loss

The 2012 survey results published by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) are out and reveal some interesting statistics. Compared to 2011, dogs are doing “slightly” better in terms of weight management. Here are the statistics:

On Monday, WKMG local channel 6 aired a story on the obesity epidemic facing our nation’s pets. The latest statistics show that 54% of all dogs and cats are either overweight or obese. When pets are overweight, problems like heart disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, joint issues, and more can surface. By having an overweight pet,…