The New Year is a time for resolutions and what better way than getting fit and healthy with your pet!
It's common knowledge that pets bring joy and happiness to humans, but the human-animal bond not only brings pleasure but health benefits as well. Stroking, grooming and playing with your pet can relieve stress and lower blood pressure! Taking your dog for a walk is healthy exercise for both of you!
The SPCA highlighted these benefits in our Healthy Pet: Healthy Human campaign which was run from 25th January to 24th April 2016.
Our campaign aims to:
Look our for a similar campaign in 2017!
Pets mimic their owners in many ways some good some bad! For instance obesity is a major public health issue in many developed countries, but did you know that the same trend has been noted in pets too?
A recent study estimated that 40% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese!
More dogs and cats are now living in luxury: gourmet treats, comfortable homes, posh carriers, pushchairs and car rides. Unfortunately this sedentary lifestyle and excessive food intake has led to an increasing number of fat pets, and just as in people, obesity has detrimental consequences on health.
The cost both disease and $$ wise of being an Unhealthy Pet: Unhealthy Human are the same for pets and people.
Obesity, heart and lung problems, diabetes, arthritis (+/- lameness) and heatstroke to name but a few. A vicious circle results where arthritis, obesity etc. reduces exercise tolerance and just makes the problem a whole lot worse! It’s a sad fact overweight, unhealthy pets are often looked after by overweight, unhealthy humans!
69.7% more likely to suffer from Arthritis/Osteoarthritis*
48.2% more likely to suffer from Diabetes mellitus*
(*According to Hill’s Pet Nutrition)
To find out more regarding the health risks linked to obesity please click on the images below.
Visits to the vet come at a cost in time and money, and worse still they result in suffering and stress for your pet. Generally, overweight animals live shorter and less healthy lives than those at ideal weights, so it is very important to address the issue as early as possible.
If you suspect that your pet is overweight and would like to start a weight management plan, it is important to first get a body check, to rule out any medical reasons for being overweight, such as hormonal diseases or medications, and to be cleared for an exercise and weight loss regime.
20% Discount on Selected Retail Items including diet, leads, leashes and interactive toys.
Special Fee Healthy Pet Checks including a basic medical check, weight assessment (BFI = Body fat Index), diet and exercise advice.
Introductory Healthy Pet Pack and Healthy Pet Exercise and Dietary Plan will be provided free with every healthy pet check.
20% off Hill’s Prescription Diet (RD and Metabolic for dogs and cats).
Facebook Healthy Lifestyle Photo Competition cat and dog owners are encouraged to upload photos of themselves and their pets having fun and being healthy to the SPCA’s Facebook. The winning cat and dog photos will be those receiving the most likes! Please click here for more details.
Weight Loss Targets for those pets found to be a little on the chubby side. At the initial health pet check a 3-month target for weight loss and exercise will be set. Those achieving the target weight loss will be entitled to a well-earned prize and achievement certificate! Please click here for more details.