Celebrating the Seasons

Get Your Dog In Shape

Most people like to start the New Year by shedding unwanted pounds, and they say it's easier to lose weight if you do it with a buddy. Why not engage a canine friend in your weight-loss endeavors? In fact, 60 percent of adult dogs are overweight. Obesity in dogs, as with humans, is associated with heart, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and joint problems, as well as diabetes. A dog dragging an extra 5 pounds is equivalent to a human carrying an extra 50 pounds!

Here are some tips to help your dog shed a few pounds.

  • Remember that food does not equal love! Check with your veterinarian for the proper amount for your breed and the age of your dog. My 4-year-old, 72-pound Black Labrador eats 1/2-cup food in the morning and 1/2-cup in the afternoon.
  • Try to resist feeding your dog table scraps. They are often too high in fat for a dog to metabolize.
  • Walking your dog provides quality time that is beneficial to both of you.
  • Take the dog for a swim.
  • If you have a retrieving dog, play toss for 10 minutes a day.

Lite doggy biscuits

Yield: 10 large biscuits or 20 small biscuits

1cube vegetable or beef bouillon
1/3 cup boiling water
3/4 cup vegetable oil or lard
1/4 cup shredded carrots
2 cups all-purpose or wheat flower
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 beaten egg

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Dissolve bouillon in boiling water; stir in oil or lard and carrots; combine thoroughly then set aside.

Combine flour, dry milk, and brown sugar, and form a well in the center. Pour bouillon mixture and egg into the center of the well. Stir to combine. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/8 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter dipped in flour to cut shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes, turn with a spatula, and bake an additional 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Store cool biscuits in an airtight container for up to 1 month or freeze for up to a year.

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