"Good News" Magazine Sept. '17 PP issue to publish online - Page 16

Ask the Groomer... Cindy Harkey is the owner of Cindy’s Smiling Sammy Boarding & Grooming in Avis for 27 years now. She is this area’s top breeder of Samoyeds. Cindy is a Master Groomer, and show handles multiple breeds. Question: How can I tell if my dog is truly overweight or just fluffy? Answer: Stand behind your dog and look down over his body. If you do not see an indentation just in front of the hips, or as I put it, at the tuck-up, your dog is overweight. A large number of pets in this country are overweight. In some cases, obesity is caused by hormonal problems or genetics. But most often, it is attributed to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, and TOO MANY SNACKS! If your pet is overweight, it may lead to heart disease, diabetes, joint problems (such as arthritis), loss of en- ergy, some types of cancer, and other health issues. As a professional groomer, I come into contact with many dogs that are overweight. As part of my pro- fession, I try to help owners with proper nutrition. Here WIN A BAG OF are some steps to check your dogs if you think they are BLUEBERRY GREENIES! overweight, as you can’t tell just by looking: 1. Run your fingers down your dog’s spine - you should Just fill in the entry form below and mail to: be able to feel the back bone. 2. Run your hands along their ribcage - you should be Paws Pets able to feel a light amount of fat on the ribcage. P.O. Box 999 3. Your dog should have an hourglass shape at the hips. McElhattan, PA 17748 (The indentation should be just in front of the hips.) Entry Deadline: 9/21/17. If your dog is overweight, try cutting its food down. In- stead of 2 or 3 cups twice daily, cut it to 1 to 1 1/2 cups Name: _______________________________________ twice daily. ALWAYS FEED YOUR DOGS TWICE A DAY. You Address: ______________________________________ don’t eat just once a day and neither should your dog. City/State/Zip: _________________________________ When cutting the food back, you can add unsalted string beans, non-fat cottage cheese, and non-fat yogurt. Phone: ________________________________________ Adding these foods when reducing the kibble will give Email: ________________________________________ your dog that full feeling without the carbs and calories. Pawsitively Delicious! Blueberry Oatmeal Dog Treats Healthy, Tasty, and Gluten-Free for Pups with Food Sensitivities! Ingredients • 4 oz. container apple blueberry puree baby food (salt-free) • 1/4 cup mashed blueberries • 1 cup gluten-free flour • 1 Tbsp. ground freeze-dried blueberries (optional) • 1/4 cup rolled oats • 1 Tbsp. honey • l large egg, beaten Note: If your dog has no wheat/gluten allergies, you can substitute with all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour. 14 Pawsitively Pets -- September Instructions: 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2) Line baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. 3) In a medium bowl, combine apple blueberry baby food, mashed blueberries, flour, rolled oats, ground freeze-dried blueberries, and honey. Stir ingredients. 4) Dump contents onto a lightly floured working surface and knead dough together. 5) Roll out into a thickness of about 1/4 - 1/2 inch. Use desired cookie cutters to punch out shapes. Stick to one or two similar sized shapes to ensure even bak- ing. Place cutouts on prepared baking sheet. Lightly brush the tops of cutouts with beaten egg wash. 6) Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until biscuits are crisp and golden in color. rotate pan midway through baking. 7) Let treats cool before giving to your dog. *Yields about 45 biscuits recipe from: thelittleepicurean.com