TRACIE HOTCHNER: LOOKING FOR A FEW CHUBBY DOGS

newtraciepicIs your dog getting pudgy around the middle? Has she lost her girlish puppy figure? Did your boy once have a svelte outline when he was two years old, but now you can grab a big handful of “extra dog” behind his collar and over his shoulders? We have become a nation of overweight people and obese children – so it’s only logical our dogs are suffering the same fate- and all the medical problems that follow from it. We’ve got a solution for the dogs, at least!

Halo’s own expert vet Dr. Donna Spector is my co-host on THE EXPERT VET on the Radio Pet Lady Network and we have been having a great time on our show and website helping people whose dogs have packed on a few too many pounds to shed the weight using the Halo Healthy Weight kibble.

Once we discover a canine candidate, he needs to live with a human who is highly motivated to put the dog on a strict calorie-controlled diet devised by Dr. Donna. She calculates what the dog weighed at age two (a good benchmark for a healthy weight for most dogs) and then creates a diet that will burn body fat, yet keep the dog from feeling too hungry. Halo has graciously allowed us to offer three months worth of canned Spot’s Stew and their Healthy Weight Grain-Free dry food to those dogs. It’s plain for everyone to see for themselves that a super premium food like Halo’s can also be used a “diet food. When it’s in the right hands.

Dr. Donna and I have just completed another successful weight loss experience with Faith, a beautiful California pooch who lives with her fellow Siberian Huskies. Faith had gotten quite chubby over (what seemed to her Mom a short period of time) and simply cutting back on Faith’s food portions was not making a dent in those added pounds. Her mom was dismayed because she knew the negative health consequences of a dog being overweight, but she was making no headway trying to put Faith on a diet. Enter Superwoman, Dr. Donna to the rescue!

Dr. Donna put together a carefully planned diet for Faith (as she had done for Teddy and Fritz previously) and Faith’s Mom agreed to take her to the vet’s office for weekly weigh-ins, and to stick to the low-calorie vegetable snacks and other instructions from Dr. Donna that go along with Halo Healthy Weight food. Faith not only lost weight the slow-and-steady way that is healthy and can establish a new normal weight for Faith- but she is more playful and generally happier. And Faith is going to stay on the Halo food to maintain that hard-won weight loss!

Now we are on the lookout again for another lucky candidate for the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge on our show. Do you have a dog you’ve come to think of as chubby? Do him a favor! Send us a note to RadioPetLady@gmail.com and tell us your dog’s age, type, weight now, and weight at age two (an optimal target weight). If we choose your dog we’ll be following you on THE EXPERT VET and giving you the Halo Healthy Weight food and Spot’s Stew in a can to turn your dog’s life around.

We are so grateful that Halo Purely for Pets shares our concern not just about the highest quality ingredients in a dog’s diet, but also that so many dogs are getting “too much of a good thing” and getting fat. With our weight loss challenge we hope to raise awareness that giving your dog even a few tablespoons of food more than what he really needs can wind up packing on the pounds over time and creating an avoidable problem. Please write us at RadioPetLady@gmail.com.

Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

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