Doggy diets: How the dog obesity crisis inspired The Happy Dog Cookbook, the new cookbook for your pawesome pal

By   Hannah Bickerton 2 min read

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Your dog’s weight may not be something you often think about, but with recent studies suggesting that dog obesity is higher than ever, with 51 per cent of dogs in the UK registering as overweight or obese, it’s never been more important to think about what you are feeding your dog, and how it could impact their life.

Sean McCormack has dedicated his career to educating pet owners and the veterinary community about the importance of animal health and nutrition. After transferring from clinical practice to the position of Head Vet at award-winning tech-driven pet nutrition business, he came up with the perfect way to spread awareness to dog owners everywhere: a book.

‘I’d been thinking about writing a book on dog health and nutrition for ages, but then the idea of a recipe book started to emerge, which was more fun and could still cover important issues.’ And after nutritional expert and bestselling author Annabel Karmel reached out over Instagram with hopes of collaborating, Sean’s mission to provide ‘healthy, delicious and nutritious recipes the whole family would enjoy preparing’ seemed more possible than ever.

It can be difficult to know what your dog needs, and even harder to notice underlying health conditions. By creating a book, Sean and hoped to make knowledge and advice on pet nutrition and health issues as accessible as possible. ‘Veterinary professionals can sometimes come across as judgemental or unsupportive when doing their best to give advice on pet weight control’, and it can be very hard to say no to man’s best friend when they’re asking for a treat. But who said goodies can’t be healthy? With fifty-six dogs in the office, Sean knows treats are a must. ‘Providing treats is and should be a part of caring for our pets. But it should be done in a healthy way, treating every dog as an individual.’

All proceeds from The Happy Dog Cookbook are being donated to StreetVet UK, a fantastic nonprofit animal welfare charity whose mission is to ‘provide free, accessible veterinary care for the pets of people experiencing homelessness’; those who may find it difficult to access private veterinary care. StreetVet UK’s goals ‘couldn’t be more aligned’ with that of and choosing to donate the proceeds of the book to their cause was a ‘total no-brainer’ for Sean and the team behind The Happy Dog Cookbook.

The Happy Dog Cookbook contains twenty-four mouth-drooling recipes to give your dog the delicious, nutritious and occasionally indulgent home-made treats they deserve. The recipes are arranged by season and include tips on how to tailor each recipe to your dog’s unique dietary needs. With the chance to keep your dog healthy and donate to a brilliant cause, The Happy Dog Cookbook is a win-win! Pick up your copy now on Amazon.

Hannah Bickerton
Hannah Bickerton
Hannah has worked in marketing for nine years, specialising in strategy development for start-ups and EdTech companies. Having recently jumped across industries to join the Whitefox team, Hannah isn’t a complete stranger to the publishing world with previous employment at Macmillan and TES Global. She is now dedicated to ensuring that anyone who has something interesting to say knows all about whitefox.