Overweight Pets Are Getting Sent To Bootcamp
Sometimes when we pile on a few pounds and realise we need to lose some weight we head to boot camp. People have been known to shed lots of weight by attending an intensive boot camp for weight loss. Well, it seems animals are doing the same too. Specialist pet boot camps have been created for seriously overweight pets.
The PDSA, a charity for pets in need of vets is helping owners to get their pets to lose weight. They do an annual ‘pet fit club’ competition. The charity works with owners and coaches them in the art of weight loss, for their pets.
This year’s intake included a miniature pinscher weighing 9.5kg, a boxer weighing 55kg and a bulldog weighing 28kg. There are even fitness bootcamps that you can bring your pet to, so you can both lose weight together.
Pet obesity is becoming a big problem in the UK. According to the PDSA, around one in three dogs and one in four cats are overweight. Owners think they are being kind to their pets by giving them lots of tasty treats and extra portions at dinner time.
However, for lots of pets this isn’t kindness it can be a death sentence. PDSA research shows ‘around nine out of ten owners (87%) give pets treats, despite the fact that 91% realise the resulting obesity can reduce their pet’s lifespan.’
Overweight pets develop more health issues and cost a lot more in vet bills, they are also more likely to die earlier. Overweight dogs often die around two years earlier than healthy dogs who are at the correct weight. Next time you give your pets some extra treats think twice about whether they really need it.
Check your pets weight regularly and look out for signs that they are overweight. Regular check ups at the vet can help with this and you can ask your vet whether they think your pet is the right weight.