Chow Hounds

by Dr. Ernie Ward


Dogs are more like us than we may realize.  Not only do they share our love for food, but just like us, they are at risk for obesity.  In fact, obesity affects more than 50 percent of this country's canine companions, which significantly increases their risk of developing heart disease, arthritis, and thereby decreasing their expected lifespan.  To address this alarming trend, Ernie Ward, D.V.M., (a.k.a., "Dr. Ernie"), a practicing vet and founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, has written CHOW HOUNDS:  Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter - A Vet's Plan To Save Their Lives (Health Communications, Inc., April 2010), the first book to examine this nation's pet obesity epidemic from a scientific and medical perspective. CHOW HOUNDS reveals some of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to their dogs' diet, exercise, and health habits. It offers the "skinny" on keeping our nation's pooches healthy, and provides simple solutions for shedding excess weight. 

Unlike people, dogs do not make their own food choices; it is up their owners to make responsible and healthy selections for their dogs.  CHOW HOUNDS shows readers how to do this, empowering and educating them so they can raise healthy, happier pets.

Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter

We’re killing our dogs by making them fat.

There, I’ve said it. That single observation led me to write this book. As a practicing veterinarian for almost twenty years, I was witnessing the gradual deterioration of our pets’ health on a daily basis. My patients were getting fatter and facing more debilitating diseases as a result. The frightening fact was that no one was discussing it. The question was, ‘Why not?’”

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