Today we have a special guest post from Sheila Appleby Williams, who blogs about the adventures of her star-spotting Spot Phoebe Rose at A Traveling Pug. Phoebe recently had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Marty Becker, who advises pet parents on the well-being of their tail-wagging chums on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show. “America’s Veterinarian,” who is currently on a national “Healthy Pets Visits Vets” tour, offered the following tips to the Rover reporter from his latest book “Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual.”
Surprise #1:You should be bathing your dog every week.
Recent studies by veterinary dermatologists show that weekly bathing with a good shampoo reduces skin problems in dogs, from allergies to infections, including ear infections. Even better, it reduces shedding and allergy triggers for people who are allergic to dogs.
Surprise #2: Dress your dog.
Yes, that’s right, Dr. Becker says to put clothes on your dog. This is an important step in fur and dander control. Clothing will help contain the fur.
A Pug in the public eye, Phoebe Rose is a full-figure Fido who wants her curves to captivate when she mingles with movie stars at red carpet events. Phoebe tackled the weighty issue of puppy fat during Dr. Becker’s appearance:
Can’t feel your dog’s ribs? A sure sign that canine calorie counting is needed. Phoebe Rose submitted to Dr. Becker’s rib test and was given the doctor’s prescription: “She needs to work out and cut back on the food consumption to be ready for the summer season and look
her best in her bikini.
The tell tale signs (besides a scale): a little too much padding over the ribs and in profile, her “waist” needs a little trimming. Dr. Becker said “no more food bowl” and demonstrated how filling a rubber “Kong” with kibble makes a canine work for his/her dinner and eliminates “woofing” down a meal. He refers to this as a food puzzle.
Dr. Becker further made the point that a slimmer dog often lives 15% longer!
Dr. Marty Becker’s Big Bus Tour continues through June 7, 2011. For more information:
Dr. Becker greets a fan at PETCO in Canoga Park, California. Dr. Becker has two grandpugs named Bruce and Willy.
Phoebe getting the “feeling the ribs” obesity test….The good new is-Phoebe Rose is not obese, says Dr. Becker. The bad news is, she is overweight.
Phoebe Rose meets fellow canine celebrity McKenzie (her mom, Gina Spadafori, is Dr. Becker’s writing partner.) McKenzie just had a grooming session at PETCO and was feeling mighty frisky!
Bernese Mountain Dog, two-year-old Tago (left)-had degenerative joint disease and elbow dysplasia at 11 months. “After vet stem cell therapy, the results were remarkable and he is doing great!” said Mom, Rose Feuer. Parents Rose and Brian Feuer are traveling with Dr. Becker at his request. Tago’s brother also is traveling with the family. Vet Stem is a sponsor of Dr. Marty Becker’s Big Bus Tour. For more information, visit www.vet-stem.com
Phoebe poses in front of Dr. Becker’s bus- a custom-wrapped, 45-foot luxury bus previously used by Lady Gaga and Dog The Bounty Hunter.
Photos courtesy Sheila Appleby Williams