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Food, Glorious Food

These days, dog lovers have more choices than ever about what to feed their precious fur babies, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy choosing what goes into your dog’s bowl and stomach.

This month, Bay Woof asked Dr. Ilana Strubel of A Well Adjusted Pet in Pacifica to offer a few tips on how to slim down overweight dogs, a problem plaguing far too many family pets (and their owners). Low-cal diets or prescription weight-loss dog food—what’s a pet guardian to do? Strubel presents five solid ideas for practical weight management that make total sense. See what she recommends.

Bay Woof also convinced our pals at Beast of the Bay award-winning dog bakery Paw Patch Pastries in San Francisco to contribute some delicious, healthy recipes that might be fun to prepare for your pooch. Paw Patch Pastries’ Carla Ocfemia is a former human pastry chef who now makes treats for her dogs and all their furry friends. Learn how to make fur-ttatas, turkey jerky, and strawberry-coconut cream delights in her article. Your dog will gobble them up.

Meanwhile, Cynthia Schorle of urban pet store Alameda See Spot Run offers easy-to-understand guidance and demystification on what works from a dietary standpoint for picky eaters and chowhounds. Check out how she approaches these age-old issues.

Other articles and topics of interest this month: Courtney Briggs of Devoted Dog Training has advice for improving leash manners. In The Monthly Woof, Kelly Gorman Dunbar debunks some major dog misconceptions practically every dog parent has heard at the dog park. Karen Woon of Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael writes about three GDB graduates whose life perspectives have been greatly enhanced and enriched by their canine companion connections. And Grace Reddy of the East Bay SPCA reports on the linkage between animal abuse and domestic violence.

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