My Fat Dog

My Fat Dog
Ten Simple Steps to Help Your Pet Lose Weight for a long and Happy Life

Written by Martha Garvey, Illustrated by Sebastian Conley, Foreword by Deborah Greco

Category: Pets; Pets - Dogs; Pets - Reference
Format: Trade Paperback
On Sale: September 25, 2006
ISBN: 978-1-57826-198-7 (1-57826-198-8)

America's obesity problem isn't just a people problem – a recent survey indicated that 40% of America's pet population is overweight. And, just as in humans, obesity puts a dog at risk for serious illnesses such as arthritis and various skin diseases. Help your pooch slim down with the ten simple steps in My Fat Dog, including:

  • the truth behind diet dog foods
  • exercises tailored or different dog personalities
  • advice on teaching older dogs new tricks, fitness games, and healthy eating habits

Featuring real-life dog weight loss stories, tests to rule out serious health problems, tips from top veterinarians, and a special section on multi-pet households, My Fat Dog offers creative and entertaining ideas to help your pet lose weight and live healthy.


Martha Garvey helped her dog Faith, a curvaceous beagle/Staffordshire mix, lose the twelve pounds she had gained as a result of a paw injury and oversnacking. Founder of Moving Stories, Martha lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with Faith (and her husband Jeff).

Deborah Greco, D.V.M., Ph.D., is a staff endocrinologist at The Animal Medical Center in New York.