Happy New Year! Today, many people are revisiting their personal goals. Fitness and weight loss are going to be at the top of many people’s lists. Did you know that obesity is a huge problem with dogs? More than half of our canine pals are overweight or obese. Fido may look cute if he’s a bit chubby, but he’ll be much healthier if he stays at or near his ideal weight. Here, a local Kerrville TX vet offers some tips on how to help your pet make his fitness goals in 2021.
Playing is one of the best things you can do to keep your furry pal both happy and healthy. Even taking just a few minutes a day to toss a ball or stick for your pooch will help him stay fit. (This will also hopefully tire Fido out a bit. After, he’ll be more interested in naps and cuddles than in running after that squirrel or chasing the neighbor’s cat around.)
Although dogs all have their own unique activity needs, almost all of them will benefit from daily walks. How far you go, how often you walk Fido, and how fast you go will depend on your furry friend’s age, size, health, and energy levels. Ask your vet for advice.
There’s nothing wrong with giving Fido a snack. In fact, this is a great way to bond with him and reward him for being a good boy! However, there’s a big difference between giving your pup a biscuit and tossing him a dozen sausage links. Don’t go overboard! Stick with healthy treats, and keep them around 5 percent of Fido’s daily caloric intake.
Speaking of treats, it’s impossible to talk about doggy obesity without mentioning Fido’s talent for guilting us into sharing our food with him. Don’t give in!
Dogs make great trail buddies! Don’t just walk your canine companion down the same block every day. When it’s nice out, take him to a pretty park or trail. There are worse ways to spend a sunny or morning than by taking in some beautiful scenery and fresh air with your furry best friend.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can ever be of assistance. As your local Kerrville TX vet clinic, we are here to help!