It’s that time of year after the Christmas break where we all decide on a New Year’s resolution to get fit and lose a few pounds!
Unfortunately, reports show that between 30% and 60% of all dogs are overweight, risks that are involved in having an overweight pet are:
- Joint disease
- Heart and lung problems
- Liver disease
- Reduced lifespan
- Exercise intolerance
The good news is that exercise can help your dog avoid these problems – you can read John’s blog on getting your dog fit and making it fun.
Click here for a 60-second video on how to body condition score your dog.
If you think your pet may be overweight then why not book your dog in with one of our nurses for a free weight management clinic and body condition score? After assessing your pet we will make a weight loss plan that is based on your and your pet’s lifestyle. This will involve a diet review and a tailored plan to meet your individual requirements and with regular check ups and monitoring your dog will be tip top condition.
Don’t forget it does still get dark early so be seen – we recommend the ‘Flash Fido‘, which is the latest innovation in Light Safety Collar for your dog.
If running isn’t your thing there are many other ways to get yourselves both fit:
- Increasing the length of your walks / try different areas
- Meet up with friends,
- Look out for groups set up in your area who have organised walks
- Try caniX (competitive running with your dog
- Dog agility / classes
Useful Links for finding dog activities:
- The Dog Training Barn http://www.thedogtrainingbarn.co.uk
- The Kennel Club http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/