A new magazine to learn all about the well-being and health of pets? This is the bet of the latest addition to the Dr Good brand, with Dr Good Véto. The quarterly devotes its first issue to a large dossier on overweight and obesity in dogs and cats. Hélène Gateau, veterinarian and co-editor in chief of the project tells about Europe 1. 

One in two homes houses a pet, often considered a family member. To support owners of cats and dogs (or other!), A new magazine is appearing on newsstands: Dr Good Véto , a variation of the brand of the magazines Dr Good , by Michel Cymes. For this project, he surrounded himself with Hélène Gateau, veterinarian and columnist for the program Vivement Dimanche. "We are really on a magazine with substance, with content, with veterinary experts interviewed," explains the latter on Europe 1.

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It is "a magazine for animals, for pet owners, to help them understand what’s going on, all the questions about their animals that they don’t dare necessarily ask veterinarians because they are not always easy to reach ... We thought there might be a niche ", continues Michel Cymes at Europe 1. The magazine, about a hundred pages , scheduled to be a quarterly, will be sold 5.95 euros in newsstands. An exit planned at 360 degrees since the magazine is accompanied by an Instagram page, as well as a thematic newsletter. 

A background on obesity

For this first issue, a 14-page background file is devoted to overweight and obesity in dogs and cats. "It is a real disease, a third of dogs and cats are overweight," explains Hélène Gateau. "And especially 80% of the owners of overweight animals are not aware of it."

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Over the pages, the experts give their advice, in particular to determine if your pet has a weight problem. "We have a reading grid to be able to see if his dog is overweight or obese. If you put your hand flat and you run your finger over the joints of your fingers, you feel them. If you feel that at ribs of your cat or your dog is that it is at a normal weight ", continues the veterinarian. "If you turn your hand over, and keep running your finger over there, you feel the joints less. It's the feeling you will have on an overweight animal."

The "baby language" to wake up your dog 

The magazine also offers other thematic files such as alternative medicines for animals, unusual information such as the existence of music specially composed for cats or even surveys with surprising results. According to the last carried out in February 2020, 49% of French people believe that their pet is more affectionate than their spouse, and 39% more funny.

"Of course every time I put downsides, I refer to veterinarians, because the magazine comes to help dog and cat owners but does not replace a consultation", explains the veterinarian. 

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In an article, readers will also learn that small dogs recognize the language of "baby talk", or baby language, that is to say talking to your dog as you would address a baby, with sweet, simple words, intonations of voices different from a classical language. "Dogs will be very sensitive to acute intonations," explains Hélène Gateau. "In canine language, all the acute intonations are associated with positive, with friendly relations while the low sounds represent rather the threat, the fear. It is important for them to speak to them in sharp tones. It means benevolence , but it will encourage awakening, curiosity, learning for them ... "