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Stasha Speaks 2019 

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This New Year...stay in shape

Stasha Speaks Stashas New Years tips

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Stasha’s New Year’s tips focus on weight management


With a New Year comes resolutions. The number one resolution in my house is to lose weight. 


Now I’m not overweight. I’ve kept my girlish figure at a solid 30 pounds which my vet says is the perfect weight for me. But my buddy, Rocco, on the other hand, gained five pounds over the holidays.


Even though our doggie mama is very strict about anyone feeding us food from the dinner table, our house was one big party from Thanksgiving all the way to New Year’s Eve. And many of our visitors weren’t actually following mom’s rules. Rocco had the whole begging at the table thing down pat. 

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Rocco puts on a face that no one can refuse

Rocco puts his little face on everyone’s lap and stares up at them with his cutest expression. If no one gave him any food, he moved on to the next person and systematically worked his way around the table. The odds were in his favor that someone would be a sucker for his cuteness.


I’m a bit classier, and a picky eater, so this kind of behavior isn’t my thing. 


Rocco ballooned to 45 pounds over the holidays, and since mom is on a diet too these days, Rocco’s food fest is pretty much over. Seems if mom isn’t eating her treats, then neither is Rocco.


According to the site Pet Obesity Prevention, www.petobesity.org, in 2017 an estimated 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs in the U.S. were overweight or obese. 


That equals an estimated 50.2 million dogs and 56.5 million cats who are too heavy, based on 2017 pet population projections provided by the American Pet Products Association (APPA).


And though we may look furry and cuddly with more weight, there are serious health issues that come with those extra pounds. In addition to a lack of energy, overweight pets can suffer from inflammation resulting in arthritis as well as joint and hip problems. 


Fat furry friends are also more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance as well as hypertension, which is the leading cause of blindness in cats and dogs. Kidney disease is another factor, as are certain types of cancers. Even though there are medications to manage illnesses, it’s costly and administering drugs takes a lot of patience for our parents.



My best advice is to lose the weight, take more walks, run and play, visit your vet and talk about better nutrition.


There are sites that offer weight management food and programs for dogs such as  NOM NOM NOM at this link. This site has a dog nutrition calculator where you put in your dog’s current weight and goal weight, and rate his or her activity level. It will then tell you how many “Kcalories” your animal should be consuming per day.

Stasha Speaks Rocco and Stasha chillin

Stasha and Rocco chillin’ in the New Year


Just because you’re on a diet, doesn’t mean the food can’t be yummy. NOM NOM NOM offers meals delivered to your home based on your pet’s nutritional profile like: Chicken Chow-Wow that is made up of chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, fish oil and NomNomNutrient Mix. 


Another favorite is Porkalicious Potluck that comprises pork, potatoes, kale, green beans, zucchini, mushrooms and NomNomNutrient Mix.


As the New Year gets into full swing, start a new routine to a healthier and happier 2019 for you and your furry friends.


Bark at ya later, 

Woof Woof 

Stasha

You can email me at Stashaspeaks11@yahoo.com, and check out my past columns at www.bvontv.com.