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A Healthy Weight =A Healthy Pet
March 18, 2008
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

  • 1. Welcome

  • 2. Feature Article: A Healthy Weight = A Healthy Pet
  • 3. Reader’s Write
  • 4. Recipe: Salmon Delites
  • 5. What Do You Want?
  • 6. Wrap Up

  • Hello!

    Welcome to all the new readers who’ve been signing up for Baggins’ Bites.

    I’d like to invite you all share pictures of your dog(s). It’s easy. Tell us a great story about your pet. We love to hear ‘em! You can comment on other pets too! Who's the funniest dog?

    Send Pictures of Your Dog!

    A Healthy Weight = A Healthy Pet

    Spring is here in Pennsylvania and I’m thinking I need to step up my exercise routine. Baggins wouldn’t mind it either.

    I try to maintain him at a healthy weight but sometimes it’s hard to get outside for longer than necessary in the cold months. (Not for my favorite Eskie but for me;)

    I read a statistic in the Your Dog newsletter recently that said as many of 10% of American pets are obese. This level of overweight can lead to many diseases such as diabetes, respiratory problems, heart disease and many more serious illnesses that can shorten her life.

    How do you know if your dog is at a healthy weight? Look at him from the side and from above.

    Does He Have a Waist?

    He should have a bit of an hourglass figure.

    If you can't see a waist (and if he's long haired like Baggins and just needs to lose a little, you might have to rely on a scale) he should be working out a bit more.

    Eating more fruits and veggies. Same as the rest of us. Go for more walks! Explore the neighborhood on foot!

    Treats shouldn’t be more than 10% of your pet’s diet and if you’re feeding many treats, cut back on the mealtime food. Keeping Baxter at a healthy weight can add years of healthy living to his life.

    Reader’s Write

    I was reviewing your old letters and had a question about this one ... I presently give my dog a human fish oil pill ... do you know if some omega 3's are better than others - fish, salmon, brand?

    Thanks so much for your response


    Heidi, There are lots of fish oil supplements on the market & it's likely some may be better than others. But any of them will be beneficial. The omega 3's found in fatty fish like salmon and tuna are great for the coat and skin, brain function, anti-inflammatory properties and much more! Fish Oil

    You can also feed tuna or salmon. Baggins loves these!

    Best, Jennifer

    Keep up the comments, I love to hear from all of you.

    And remember, I'm not a vet but I care about our animals and want to share with you all that I learn!

    Salmon Delites

    These salmon treats are packed with healthy omega 3's.

    Salmon Delites

    Tell Me What You Want!

    What questions do you need answers to? What Do You Want? Your questions may turn up in a future issue of Baggins' Bites'!


    Thanks so much for reading. Don’t forget, you can always write me by hitting “reply”. Give your dogs lots of love and remind them of their wonderfulness. ‘til next time,

    Your in health and treats,
    Jennifer and Baggins

    Your stop for all-natural-dog-treat recipes and tips on improving your dog's health and happiness all naturally.

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