New Year new you, but what about your pets?

New Year new you, but what about your pets?

In recent studies it has shown that almost 50% of cats and dogs are overweight to obese, this has increased over the last few years.

So, how can we try to increase our pets exercise without making them resent you?

Dogs are pretty easy, they’ll love going out for that extra 10 minutes walk a day- depending on your pooch. One tip for adding in that little bit of exercise a day is taking a handful of their dinner away, then throwing the food for them to chase so that they are burning those calories before they eat them. Dependent on your dog you can hide biscuits for them that have been taken out of their evening meal and get them to hunt for their food.

Cats are always a little trickier due to their stubborn attitudes- plus they generally do not like being told what to do! There are a few things that can be done to try and increase their exercise such as: treat ball- this means they chase the food around and burn those calories before they eat them or taking a handful of food and get them to go find their food, this slows their intake! Another tip is to try and increase play time with your cat, such as chasing them up and down the stairs (if you have stairs!), laser pens or even just a piece of string! Remember this must be done as a positive time otherwise your cat will get bored and not want to play anymore.

Even if it is just that extra 10 minutes with your pet, it will help bring their weight down.

Please feel free to book an appointment with one of our nurses to discuss your pets waistline!