Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Take Steps to Get Your Pooch Fit

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Take Steps to Get Your Pooch Fit

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PET FAT TEST

Run your fingers over the ribs of your dog or your cat.

The skin should move easily back and forth and you should be able to feel its ribs readily Co as easily as you can feel the bones in the back of your hand

Your pet should have a definite waist at the back of its rib cage

If your pet fails either of these tests it is overweight

IF your pooch is unfit and needs to shed some kilos then it's time to pull out the lead.

Better Pet Vets veterinarian Ashley Young said unfit dogs should be walked gently on the lead for 15 minutes twice a day to begin with.

C[pounds sterling]Gradually build this up over a month to at least an hour of daily exercise and include off-lead running when possible,C[yen] he said.

Upping the ante when it comes to exercise is a key factor for humans wanting to lose weight and it's no different for pets, although they can't whinge about it. …

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