Animal Antics: Dagenham vets tackle pet obesity

PUBLISHED: 06:00 21 June 2015

There are plenty of ways to get active with your dog (picture: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire)

There are plenty of ways to get active with your dog (picture: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire)

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If you’re taking to the streets for a run or going for a swim in the sea this summer, why not take your pet along with you?

YourVets is on a mission to combat obesity among Dagenham’s dogs by encouraging pets and owners to exercise together.

The clinic, on Whalebone Lane South, has seen a rise in pet obesity over the past few years, with many owners unaware that their pet is too podgy.

It has launched their ‘Fit for Summer’ campaign to highlight that pets and owners can help each other achieve a healthy weight.

This includes a free Waist Watchers programme where a vet will assess a chubby cat or dumpy dog and provide the owner with help and information on losing weight.

Clare Barker, practice manager at YourVets Dagenham, said: “Summer is around the corner and one of the best ways for you and your pet to get fit is by getting out and about and active together.

“Incorporating your dog into your exercise or walking routine can make weight loss fun for both of you.”

Clare advises setting a daily routine for an animal workout, with mornings best for dogs as they can release any pent-up energy accumulated overnight.

The more you run with your dog, the more it will be expected and you will be motivated on the days when you don’t want to run by the fact your dog will anticipate it.

If running doesn’t appeal to you, then incorporate throwing and catching games to your regular walks to help you and your pet get moving.

To enrol your pet in Waist Watchers, call YourVets on 020 3597 7501.

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