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Is Your Dog Fit2BPawsome?

April is National Canine Fitness Month. To celebrate, KC Pet Collective has created a free 6 week challenge to help you get your dog moving.  Join Fit2BPawsome for education, support, discounts, and a chance to win prize packages from our local sponsors.  The challenge begins on April 30.

Do you find it challenging to keep your dog in top condition?

You are not alone.  Over half the dogs in the US are overweight or obese.  Dogs today are more likely to live indoors with people than at any other time in history.  And being housebound can lead to weight gain when pet parents don’t make enough time for dog exercise.

A recent study showed that dogs spend just five minutes a day running and about an hour walking each day.  Depending on breed, more vigorous exercise is probably needed to keep the weight off.  Yet busy schedules can keep pet parents from getting their dog out to play.

KC Pet Collective has joined with generous sponsors to create a fitness challenge designed to keep you motivated for success.

Fit2BPawsome has all the key components to get your dog in the shape of her life.

  1. Incentives.  That’s right.  Experts agree that having something to work for increases your chances of success.  All challenge participants will be eligible for prize packages including board, play, and /or grooming packages from Dog Pawz and Camp Bow Wow Liberty, a gift certificate for high quality, natural pet food from Pet Wants Olathe, a dog-walking kit from Four Leg Stretch, and a gift package from Tail Waggin Pet Stop.
  2. Support.  Support and accountability increase commitment to fitness goals. Join our Facebook group, or share your progress on social media using the hashtag #fit2bpawsome.  Post a photo of your dog every week,create videos of your best workout activities, and discuss the obstacles you face to get your dog moving.  We’re hoping you’ll find new friends and fitness partners to help you stay on track.
  3. Tools.  We’lll help you find the tools you need for success.  Participants in the challenge will receive a 25% discount on dog fitness trackers from Babel Bark.  Pair the tracker with the free app to connect to your veterinarian, service providers, and favorite pet stores.  The app tracks activity level and lets you sets goals for your dog.  You’ll receive discounts for doggie day care to keep your dog active when you aren’t available.  $2 off all baths at U Wash Puppy, discounts on boarding, day care and/or grooming packages at Dog Pawz and Camp Bow Wow Liberty, and 15% off everything except food and baths at Tail Waggin Pet Stop.  We have even partnered with Flexy Body Babes to provide workout moves for dogs and humans.
  4. Tips and tricks. We’ll keep you up to date on the best dog fitness hacks here in the blog and on the Fit2BPawsome Facebook page.

 

Spring is one of the best times to get outdoors.  As the weather improves, make a commitment today to creating more physical exercise opportunities for your best friend.  Sign up now!

 

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It’s Canine Fitness Month. Get Your Dog Moving.

April is National Canine Fitness Month.  This event is sponsored annually by FitPaws to raise awareness of the growing problem of canine obesity.  Don’t leave your dog’s fitness to chance. Take charge, get moving, and keep him fit for life!

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National Canine Fitness Month

Pet Obesity is Epidemic in the US

Pet obesity is on the rise in the US.  According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54% of US dogs were overweight or obese in 2016 according to their veterinarian.     An estimated 49.1 million dogs and 50.5 million cats are overweight or obese in the United States.

Obesity decreases longevity and quality of life

Obesity is a significant health issue for both dogs and cats.  Several diseases have been linked, either directly or indirectly, to obesity.  Obese animals are at risk of osteoarthritis, heart disease, pancreatitis, and some types of cancers (American Animal Hospital Association).  Diabetes mellitus may be linked to obesity in dogs, although the evidence for this is not as strong.

Both quality and length of life are decreased in obese pets (AAHA).  In the Golden Retriever Lifespan study, scientists found that when Goldens were even moderately overweight their life expectancy was reduced by almost two years.

The good news is that obesity is preventable. The bad news is that pet obesity is still difficult for pet parents to recognize.  When pet parents were asked about their own dogs weight, 81% of pet parents and 87% of veterinarians said their dogs were a normal and healthy weight.  If 54% of dogs in the US are overweight,  it’s clear that many owners and even veterinarians are thinking wishfully about their pet’s weight.

Take control of your dog’s fitness.

The pillars of fitness are exercise and diet.

Exercise

How can you take charge of your dog’s fitness?  You can start by beginning a healthy exercise program.  In general, dogs should be active 30 minutes to 2 hours per day, depending on their breed.  Some active working breeds like border collies need at least 45 minutes of vigorous activity each day.

Work your dog gradually into fitness.  If your dog has been relatively sedentary, start with short 5-10 minute walks and move up.  Your goal should be 45 minutes of activity for your dog each day.

Always consult your veterinarian before beginning any exercise or diet program for your pet.  Remember that certain breeds, especially short-nosed dogs like bulldogs, are not well-suited to vigorous activity, and special monitoring is needed.

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Diet

The other side of the fitness equation is diet.  Start by understanding what is an ideal body condition and weight for your dog’s breed.  Set a goal with your veterinarian for a healthy weight and feeding plan.  It’s important to consult your veterinarian before you start any diet or fitness program with your pet.

KC Pet Collective wants your pet to be in her best condition.  Stay tuned for an exciting new challenge featuring prizes, incentives, motivation, support, and more.