The Dieting Dog: Cookies Don’t Count If No One Sees You Eat Them

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Lessons Learned

All told, Lucy’s daily requirement was about 400 calories per day — but she was routinely consuming in excess of 700 calories. No wonder she was obese! Armed with the information that her veterinarian’s digging sniffed out, Lucy’s family was able to begin cutting back on excess calories and work on getting Lucy back to a healthier weight.

Dr. Freeman offered these tips for successful weight loss in pets:

  1. Identify and eliminate sources of unwanted calories in your pet’s diet.
  2. Recognize not all “diet” pet foods are formulated with equal numbers of calories per cup. Have your veterinarian calculate exactly how much diet food your pet should eat.
  3. A wagging tail and hopeful brown eyes do not equal hunger. Play ball or give a tummy rub in lieu of food.
  4. Increase your pet’s daily exercise — you might lose a pound or two as well.

Pets who have weight issues often have them for the same reason we humans do: They like to binge and snack, too!


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