Chow Hounds by Ernie Ward, DVM

Chow Hounds by Ernie Ward DVM is an excellent reference guide for those dog owners seeking the best nutrition for their pets.  The number of dogs considered obese or overweight in 2007 was 43 percent, but that figure increased to 45 percent in 2009, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.  Dr. Ernie Ward discusses how Americans have not only impacted their own health and well being, but that of their pets.

He says that following his prescriptive plan can restore any dog back to health within about six months.  The book begins with information about how to read through the fluff on food labels to get to the real composition of the meals being fed to pets across America.  There are complicated breakdowns that the average pet owner may not take the time to complete.  Beyond that, the book offers some some simple common sense pointers for pet owners, including making sure that animals are given enough exercise and playtime.

Like eating healthy as a human, pet owners should ensure they watch their dog’s calorie intake and do not give in to the “puppy” eyes of their animals and overfeed them.  Rather than simply discuss how owners can make dog food from scratch, Ward also discusses how to rotate in healthy, organic foods throughout the week in addition to commercial dog food.  However, owners should throw away their dog treats, bones and others, and replace them with healthy treats like carrots, broccoli, and apples.  Included in the book are recipes for creating healthy treats for your pet from sweet potato cookies to quiche bites.

With more Americans living in urban areas and in apartments, yard space is at a minimum, which reduces opportunities for exercise in fenced yards, according to Ward.  But Ward reminds readers that they should take the time to exercise with their canines to strengthen their familial bonds and keep healthy habits on track for both dog and human.  To ensure owners are taking ideal care of their pets, Ward includes a chart with breed information and ideal weight and weight and the corresponding pace for walking 1 mile with your dog.

Overall, Chow Hounds is an excellent source of advice for pet owners with overweight dogs and who may be in need of a push to get healthy themselves.  Many of these activities can translate into changes for human behavior and eating as well.

Giveaway details:

2 copies for US/Canada, 1 copy for international reader (be sure to let me know if you are outside the US/Canada) —

1.  Leave a comment about why you want this book and email address.

2.  Spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, etc., and leave me a link.

Deadline is April 26, 2010, at 11:59 PM EST

About the Author:

Dr. Ernest Ward, DVM, or “Dr. Ernie,” author of Chow Hounds, is a practicing veterinarian who is dedicated to helping pets and their humans live healthier lives. He appears regularly on the Rachael Ray Show, and has been featured on Animal Planet, NBC Nightly News, and CNN.

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This is my 27th book for the 2010 New Authors Reading Challenge.


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  1. I would love to read this since I have 2 blue heelers. I’d like to know more about how to feed them better and healthier food.

    Thanks! :0)

  2. I agree that this book is an excellent guidebook.

  3. Christine H says

    My Mom has a very picky dog, only wants table scraps so I’d like the book to give to her. [email protected]
    I tweeted the giveaway: http://twitter.com/Romantic73

    • Dawn Milan says

      I would love a copy of the book . I work with a doctor who we refer to as “The Weight Nazi” . We know if he goes into a room with an overweight pet in it ( which is most rooms) they will get the speech. Honestly it’s not a speech but guidance on nutrition and how it affects the pet long term. I also work with a “hippie” tech who only eats and feeds her many pets all organic,no additives…..
      She quizzed our Science Diet rep. on the diets at his last visit to the clinic.
      I would love for both of these people to read the book, I’m sure they would get a lot out of it.

  4. Serena, thank you so much for sharing this book with your readers as part of the tour. This is a growing problem in America (pun intended!)- we’re all getting fatter, owners and dogs alike! The book sounds like an excellent resource, esp. for those of us who regularly give in to the puppy dog eyes (I’m guilty of that).
    .-= Lisa Munley´s last blog ..Thomas Chatterton Williams, author of Losing My Cool, on tour June 2010 =-.

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried says

    No need to enter me; I’ve got cats. I’m dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I’ve got this posted at Win a Book for you.
    .-= Susan Helene Gottfried´s last blog ..Alex Cross’s Trial =-.

  6. My brother is a vet and I would love to give this book to him!

  7. If Milou was younger, I’d read this, but at her age, I’m not going to worry about it too much.

  8. Interesting review of an interesting-sounding book. I would love to have the book for the ‘recipes’ of healthy dog snacks. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. We know all about Charlee and the puppy dog eyes…the intense staring…the salivating…the heavy breathing. It’s fun to eat when he’s around LOL! No need to enter me, as I only have piggish goldfish, but this sounds like it would be a great resource. I’m adding the giveaway information to my sidebar.

  10. But of course, you didn’t really NEED this book because Charlee is a specimen of a dog!!! Him is perfect! I’ve actually read a few reviews of this book, and was intrigued that sometimes the owners drop a few pounds with with canines. No need to enter me, I’ve been dogless for six years (sniff).
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Back to the routine =-.


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