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"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (4-7-10)

April 7th 2010 1:11 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Wednesday, the 7th of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Hump Day! Today is "ASPCA Day", "International Beaver Day", "Metric System Day", "World Health Day", "National Day of Hope", and "No Housework Day."

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Beware of 'Kibble Crack'! It's Making Our Dogs Obese

We've all done it before: Upon seeing our pet's persuasive eyes looking up at us, we've slipped him a table scrap or two. But according to veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, author of the new book Chow Hounds, we're singlehandedly contributing to the pet obesity problem: Today, 45 percent of dogs are classified as overweight or obese.

"It's really been the evolution of how we feed our pets," Dr. Ward says. "In the 1950s we were feeding dogs 'normally,' and as time has passed, we've started feeding them commercially-processed, canned and bagged food. They're eating grain- and carbohydrate-based diets, instead of lean protein." That richer diet — combined with a more sedentary lifestyle in urbanized families — has contributed to the "perfect storm of portly pets," says Dr. Ward. (It's even worse for cats — since the furballs are obligate carnivores, and eating more and more carbohydrates, their obesity levels are on the rise, too.)

Dr. Ward says when dogs approach us with those sad eyes, they're not begging for food per se, but for pleasure. Calling sugary dog treats "kibble crack," he points out that our pets are actually addicted to what we give them — and not necessarily as hungry as we may think. In fact, many pet owners are overfeeding their furry friends by 25 percent each day.

To combat weight gain in your pet — and subsequently cut his chances of developing deadly diseases — Dr. Ward says to first start with your vet. "Don't be embarrassed, and don't take your pet's weight personally," he urges, noting that many people don't even realize their pet may be overweight, thanks to changing perceptions of obesity.

Next, find out how many calories you're feeding your pet at each meal. "It can be downright challenging to find this information," he admits. Some pet food companies do post nutrition facts on their packaging and Web sites, though, and if not, your vet can help.

Then, be sure to engage your pet in moderate physical activity daily. "There's a difference between walking for pleasure and walking for exercise," Dr. Ward says. "If you're going to walk your dog for 10 or 15 minutes, make it brisk. They want that."

Finally, Dr. Ward warns against confusing begging for food with begging for attention. "We equate food with love. But if your dog is looking at you with pleading eyes, whimpering, he's not asking for food, but affection or interaction." The lesson here? Less lounging, more love!

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Kutko is a 10-year-old neutered male Brittany. He is good with other dogs and kids. This sweet pup was surrendered to the American Brittany Rescue by an owner whose new job had them traveling out of the country for weeks at a time. Kutko is fun-loving, happy and sweet. Let's hope that he finds a loving furever home very soon! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Jerry Needs No Help Playing With His Ball

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Who is this?

It's actor Ryan Gosling and his playful pup in Los Angeles.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Potty Patch

Price: $39.99

The Potty Patch™ features a scented, flow through grass mat on top that attracts dogs to relieve themselves, a middle straining tray, and a bottom collection tray. Anti-microbial, odor resistant & easy to clean.

findgift.com

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Pet Gets Behind The Wheel And Causes a Crash

Zena's a doggone bad driver, but it's not her fault. She's a dog, after all, and probably didn't go to driver's ed. When her owner left her in the car while taking a lunch meeting, Zena accidentally (or so we hope) put the parked car in neutral, causing it to hit a pickup truck about 75 feet away. Nobody was injured, reports Fox 12 Mankato, but the crash caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to both vehicles.

Video here

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That will wrap things up for now. Enjoy the rest of your day, pups! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 
 

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