Daily exercise is one half of my personal dog health formula (nutrition being the other half). We exercise every single day without exception because we don’t believe in making excuses.
We also want to avoid becoming part of an alarming statistic at all cost: According to the APOP (Association for Pet Obesity Prevention), 52.7% of American Dogs are overweight, which translates into the fact that more than half of all American Dogs are going to have a shorter life span than they could have.
On average, obesity shaves off 2 years from a dog’s life expectancy, can cause diabetes & kidney disease, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), high blood pressure, as well as certain types of cancer.
Side note: It’s easy to tell if a dog is overweight. Run your hands down his sides – you need to be able to feel his ribs (not see them; that would be the opposite problem) and see a distinct waistline when looking at the dog from above. If you can’t feel the ribs and the dog has a saggy stomach, he is overweight.
Now without further ado, please enjoy a selection of our best fitness posts from 2015:
How do you ensure your pup stays fit? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!