A Letter from Dr. Marty

Hi, this is Dr. Marty. I hope you’re all safe and healthy during these challenging times.

I’ve received many requests for advice on pet health issues, so firstly, I’d like to thank you for reaching out and entrusting me to advise on the health of your companion.

Please know that every animal has different needs and requirements, and in order for me to help, I would have to establish a proper patient-doctor-client relationship, then run specific tests that would only be possible with an in-person consultation. Because of this, I will not be able to address requests at this time.

Currently, I’m on sabbatical after 47 years from clinical practice to be able to educate on a more global level and to finish writing my second book. If your pet needs veterinary help, my #1 advice for you would be to seek an integrative veterinarian in your area for a hands-on consultation. This way, the veterinarian will be able to address your pet’s specific needs and closely monitor their progress.

You can find a comprehensive list of all US integrative veterinarians at ahvma.org. If you’d like to visit Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, the clinic I helped create, my incredible associates see patients from all over North America and offer comprehensive telephone consultations involving your own veterinarian when appropriate. Please visit smithridge.com to learn more.

If you have any questions about Dr. Marty Pets premium freeze-dried raw food or formulas, please visit drmartypets.com. For specific requests, please contact the fantastic customer care team at [email protected].

Thank you so much for your understanding. I hope you and your furry friend stay safe and healthy.

Dr. Marty

About 35 percent of the total pet population is overweight or obese, and it takes just a few pounds of extra weight for an animal to fall into the overweight category. Five extra pounds on a dog the size of a beagle is equal to nearly 25 pounds on an average woman, and four extra pounds on an average-size cat is equivalent to nearly 45 pounds on an average woman. This extra weight can lead to all sorts of health problems, so Dr. Marty Goldstein shares the following advice to keep your pets healthy.

It’s simple to determine if your pet needs to lose some weight. You should be able to feel the backbone and palpate the ribs in an animal of healthy weight. If you can’t feel the ribs without pressing, there’s too much fat. Also, you should see a noticeable “waist” between the back of the rib cage and the hips when looking at your pet from above. From the side, there should be a “tuck” in the tummy — the abdomen should go up from the bottom of the rib cage to inside the thighs.

Contributing Factors to Overweight Pets

Diet
Regulate your pet’s diet. The order of ingredients on a nutrition label is so important, because whatever is listed first is the most prominent ingredient. The serving size your pet should get might be far different from the recommended amount on the bag or can.

Above all, limit treats. Many people question whether wet food is better than dry food. It generally takes more processing of the food to get it into a bag than into a can. Processing destroys the vitamins, enzymes, and natural integrity of the food, and it makes it less whole, so generally wet food is healthier.

Metabolic Deficiency
Metabolic deficiency can be treated with fat-burning enzymes called L-carnitine and chromium picolinate, both of which can be found at health food stores. They work well and are all-natural. Before giving your pet any sort of supplement or medicinal remedy, consult your veterinarian.

Exercise
The best exercise for a dog is jogging with him or having him retrieve a stick or ball. At least 20 to 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day is recommended. For cats, increase play and encourage movement around the house.