Jul 2, 2022 8:22:50 PM
It’s not just us humans who look to the new year to begin a healthier regime! Sadly many of our dogs are not in perfect condition either and a new year presents the perfect time to assess the situation and do something about it.
A new study from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has revealed the scale of the overweight epidemic in dogs in the UK, with 1 in 14 dogs recorded by their vets as overweight each year.
[source: Royal Veterinary College]
There are many things we can do to reverse this and get our dogs in really good shape. Depending on the scale of the problem, you will usually see positive results quite quickly and then it’s a question of sticking to your new feeding and exercise programme in the future.
Firstly it’s important to know why you’re recognising excess weight as a priority. This will be useful when you’re tempted to stray from your dog’s new plan – especially when you get those desperately sad eyes imploring you for just one more treat!
The effects of being overweight affect:
''Until fairly recently, fatty tissue was thought to be just a relatively lifeless energy store and insulator; but we now know it secretes hormones affecting appetite, inflammation, insulin sensitivity and bodily function, as well as influencing water balance and blood pressure, leading to kidney disease and high blood pressure.”
[source: The Kennel Club]
Is your dog overweight?
Signs your dog is overweight include:
[source: The Kennel Club]
So what can you do about it?
Of course, you should rule out any other issues with your vet if you are unsure of the reasons behind your dog’s weight gain. But generally speaking, by following a well-balanced diet, with a good level of exercise, being sensible with treats and providing lots of fresh water, your dog should soon start to look and feel a whole lot better.
Talk to us if you would like more support, we are very happy to help.
Choosing kennels with confidence
If you’re going on holiday you want your beloved dog to enjoy a mini break too, right? It’s important to know that, whilst you’re away from home, your pet is happy and being well cared for. Instead of it being a leap into the unknown, here is our handy guide to choosing great kennels – so you can both relax and enjoy a change of scenery.
Big dogs make the most loyal, loving and fantastic pets but there are a few things to know before you commit to sharing your life (and your space!) with these huge hounds. We’ve made a list of five of the most important things to appreciate but be sure to ask your breeder or rescue centre for their advice too.
Care for a working dog is much the same as caring for any dog but there are some additional considerations in terms of diet and joint care. A dog who is regularly expending lots of energy will need extra calories in and it’s important that these are the right ones. Also the joints and muscles of an energetic, hard-working dog will need extra attention – again in the form of the correct supplements and diet. Trophy has all of this covered of course and our Nutritional Advisers are on hand to help and advise should you need it.
The term ‘rescue dog’ covers any number of situations where a dog needs a new home.
Most commonly, family circumstances change and the family pet becomes displaced and ends up in a rehoming centre through no fault of their own. Sometimes owners divorce, emigrate, need care-based accommodation or, sadly, die. There are also instances, all too often, where dog ownership doesn’t meet expectations or a dog/owner match doesn’t work out. They can sometimes be bought as gifts, and land in a household that is simply not ready for the responsibility.