Join our live Q&A: Keeping you and your pet fit!

Maintaining your pet’s weight is an important part of keeping him healthy. But, with more than half of U.S. pets overweight, some of us need a little help. On Wednesday, May 16, join us from
12-2 p.m. ET for our live Facebook
Q&A on keeping you and your pet in shape. Dr. Ernie Ward, veterinarian, founder of the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention and certified personal trainer, will be
answering your questions live. Don’t miss it!


Ernie Ward D.V.M. founded and is a certified personal trainer.

How to participate:

About our expert:
Dr. Ernie Ward is a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), and author of Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter – A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives. Dr. Ward is also a founder and board member for the International Veterinary Senior Care Society and member of many veterinary organizations, including the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition.

Dr. Ward has authored over 60 veterinary journal articles, texts, and four veterinary training videos. His works have been published in the US, Canada, Japan, England, Spain, France, China, Taiwan, Hungary and Portugal. He is a popular lecturer, was voted “Speaker of the Year” for the North American Veterinary Conference, and has been the resident veterinarian for the Rachael Ray Show since 2007. Dr. Ward has been a spokesman for the profession on Animal Planet beginning in 2003, CNN, NBC Nightly News, Today, Good Morning America, and Nightline as well as all of the nation’s major newspapers and pet and health magazines.

Dr. Ward founded APOP in 2005 after witnessing the growing number of obese pets and the impact it had on his patients. APOP’s mission is to raise awareness of pet obesity in both pet owners and veterinary healthcare providers, monitor the prevalence of overweight pets, and to create parallel weight loss programs for pets and people.

In addition to being a veterinarian, Dr. Ward is a personal trainer and triathlon coach. Dr. Ward is an avid surfer and competitive triathlete and has completed two full Ironman triathlons and over a dozen half-Ironman competitions in addition to countless other races.

Dr. Ward hopes to bring to his experience and knowledge in assisting both humans and pets achieve their optimal health through natural, integrative and preventive measures. Dr. Ward has been very active in the areas of senior pet care, general and weight-loss nutrition, and preventive care. For more information, visit and

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