Canine Fitness Explained via Clever Infographic

Chubby Service DogTrainer:  “Your service dog is FAT!”

Me:  “Oh no, he’s not fat.  He has a lot of fur . . .”

Oh, oh. How many times have you given someone that excuse?  Of course our trainer wanted to keep my service dog in the best condition possible. The culprit, of course, was based on the reality that he was getting far too many treats and not enough exercise.  Just like his human partner.

It is as true for dogs as it is for people: extra weight places more demands on the body’s organs. Our trainer has repeatedly stressed that overweight dogs often develop serious problems. Dr. B has a large service dog, and this extra weight, our trainer cautioned, can seriously damage his joints, bones, and ligaments. His life as a service dog, indeed life itself, could be seriously shortened.

Extra weight can also promote a host of serious problems including:

•    Heart disease and increased blood pressure
•    Respiratory problems
•    Heat intolerance
•    Decreased liver function
•    Increased surgical and anesthetic risk
•    Reproductive problems
•    Digestive disorders
•    Decreased immune function
•    Skin and hair coat problems
•    Increased risk of cancer
•    Decreased quality and length of life,
•    and more . . . !!!

Tom Melby, the owner and director of an animal shearing equipment company called Clippers Ireland, sent us the marvelous infographic below. He wrote: “As you can imagine I am passionate about animals, and recently created an info-graphic entitled: “Creative Canine Fitness.”

We thought this was timely, especially in light of recent research showing at least 25% of dogs are now overweight!

Creative Canine Fitness

To order clippers for your dog, or other animals, please click here to go to their site: Clippers Ireland.

Thank you Tom for this great infographic
to help our dogs stay fit and healthy!

Dog drawing outline

For a scholarly, fact-based study re overweight problems in pets, see:
Alenza, DP; Rutterman, GR; Pena, L; et al. Relation between habitual diet and canine mammary tumors in a case-control study. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 1998;12:1

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6 Responses to Canine Fitness Explained via Clever Infographic

  1. Norman W. Wilson, PhD August 31, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

    Well, Doc, if I had a dog and followed Irish Clippers I could vie for Mr. America or Universe. But since I don’t, the suggestion of exercise is still a good fit for all animals, including we humans. Good articles and dogs that own people should get a good deal of value from this blog post.

  2. Layne cleveland August 31, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    Your article was very informative. Just gettinf the information out there is a step in the right direction. Thank you

  3. Peggy Pennington August 31, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

    I’m only a two legged “animal”, but more motivated than ever to watch my weight and exercise.-
    just signed up at a gym 2 blocks from me! Thanks!

  4. barbara peterson September 1, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Oops I think I left comment in the website box.

  5. barbara peterson September 1, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

    Great post! Fun way to learn new stuff.

  6. Marie Grime September 4, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    Nothing on that list would work for my (more or less) 7-year-old, 10-pound Sally. She is a mini dachshund/minpin mix with a mind of her own and a disappearing waistline. Besides her daily walks with hubby Dave, she has been getting exercise in Miami either by chasing rolling balls in the house or by chasing iguanas out of our yard or away from our fence.

    Found out the hard way iguanas are very attracted to lantana blooms.

    But we’re moving to Orlando in another month, so we’re hoping her lifestyle as well as ours will change for the better. We’re packing right now; my son Eliot is visiting, rented a truck, and is doing a preliminary move of stuff we won’t need for awhile – bulky and seldom-used tools, Christmas stuff, winter clothes, etc., even a few pieces of furniture.

    Sally is a rescue who was formerly owned by a flight attendant. She knows packing when she sees it, and she’s always afraid she’s being left behind. She’s had perpetually sad eyes through all this long process.

    But soon we’ll have a new home with several lakes, lots of other pets she can socialize with, 2 neighborhood dog parks, and eventually a golf cart she can ride in.

    Dave has been walking her once a day for the last 2 – 3 years because of my debilitating knee problem plus a park walkway littered with trip hazards. Now Mom has a new knee, we will have a community fitness center, etc., so Sally should be getting more than one walk a day.

    Someone smart once said, “If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise.” True!

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