Jan 31, 2011 03:05 PM Filed in: Canine Wellness
Did you know that obesity in pets is defined as just 15% over their ideal body weight. That is just a seven pound gain in a 50 pound dog. Just like people, overweight cats and dogs are at greater risk of health problems, including hypertension, cardiac fatigue, pancreatitis, diabetes and colitis. Excessive weight gain can also aggravate arthritis, hip dysplasia and other joint problems.
What causes obesity in pets?
The cause of obesity is excessive calorie intake and lack of adequate exercise. What’s the answer? Feed your dogs a controlled diet of high quality dog food. Don’t overfeed treats and avoid feeding human dinner scraps to your pets. Get out and exercise. Enjoy the out of doors and make it a part of your daily routine.
Sue Melus is a Certified Glenwood Springs Dog Trainer. Contact her at 970-510-0297.
Jan 26, 2011 08:32 PM Filed in: Dog Activities
Watch Video: Skijoring is cross country skiing with your dog(s) pulling you. It takes a little practice, and it helps to have some skiing skills, but with a little practice almost any medium to large size dog can learn to skijor. Learn the basic skijoring commands and how to train your dogs to get started. Read More...