Dear Heloise: My vet diagnosed my dog as being overweight. She says, as it is with people, extra pounds usually appear due to eating too much food through the animal and not getting enough exercise.
There are other conditions that can help your dog to be overweight: hormone imbalance, the breed and temperament of the animal and diseases.
Overweight can be a contributing factor for diseases such as diabetes, pancreatitis, heart and liver disease and arthritis.
The remedy for overweight? It is a slow and steady process, according to the doctor, with small portions of a nutritionally good diet and no snacks. Put the exercise on.
She says she has to make sure that the whole family knows that the dog is on a diet.
Elizabeth A. in Ohio
Elizabeth A. in Ohio: Great tips to help a common problem. Readers, ask your veterinarians about their expertise!
Dear readers: Doris H. sent via e-mail a picture of her cute 6-year-old German Shepherd, Ziva, who wore a headband with festive Christmas lights while she was foolish with her tongue sticking out!
To see stupid Ziva and our other pet friends, go to Heloise.com and click on "Pet of the week". Did your pet have a nice holiday? E-mail a photo to: Heloise (at) Heloise.com.
Dear Heloise: I use baking soda for undercoating deodorant.
Donald B., via e-mail
Donald B.: You are on board with me – baking powder can also keep the odors at bay, and it is cheap, safe and immediately available!
I have collected a collection of my favorite baksoda hints, help and recipes in a handy pamphlet. Would you like to receive one? It's easy! Visit Heloise.com to order a long, stamped (71 cent), self-addressed envelope, along with $ 5, to: Heloise / Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. No time to shampoo? Sprinkle a small amount of baking powder over the part in your hair and brush. The baking soda absorbs excess oil.
Dear Heloise: Can I store clothes in plastic containers in the attic?
Alicia J., via e-mail
Alicia J.: Clothing must "breathe" and be exposed to circulating air. Storing clothes in plastic containers does not allow this. Mildew and mildew can also accumulate.
If you live in a room with a high level of humidity, hang clothes and cover with a cloth garment or cotton sheets.
PS A cedar coffin is also good.
Dear Heloise: This is what I did to lose weight: my rule is to eat just one portion of every thing. I rarely eat bread or potatoes. Do not eat between meals. Do not count calories.
At a buffet or a large family meal I take only one scoop of each article – no second aid. When I'm hungry for candy, I eat a little candy (I have mini-candy bars on hand).
I practice two hours a week in a health club. I have lost 30 pounds painlessly and feel better and better by having done it after seven months.
Annie in Nebraska
Annie in Nebraska: Slow and stable – solid advice for the new year!
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