So, you know the basics about diabetes in your pets and how serious it is here in this country. You also know that obesity plays a HUGE ugly role in the disease. What is the best way to fight obesity?? EXERCISE!
Now, as a dog walker, I am obviously going to tell you the best, easiest, cheapest, fun-est way to exercise your dog is by simply taking him or her for a walk. Not only are you going to see the pounds drop off your pooch, you are going to see the bond between the two of your strengthen. (Oh, and it’s healthy for you too!) But maybe you don’t like to do things the easy way! Maybe you have money burning a hole in your pocket, and dog exercise equipment is what you really love to spend your hard-earned cash on. No worries! We’ve got some great suggestions for you:
Go Pet Treadwheels – www.gopetusa.com
Living in New York City, the only pets I had time (or money!) for were two mice. Those two gals LOVED their wheel and had different, intricate games they would play together using it. (It was really something to watch…and video of them on their wheel was used as a backdrop for a modern dance piece performed on Broadway…making their NYC performance career more successful than my own!) Go Pet has taken this mouse-running-on-a-wheel-for-exercise concept and made it dog sized. While this seems like a clever idea, I just can’t imagine dogs really using this. (There is even video of a cat running in one of these things on their website! ) The site advertises this as a great way for dogs to exercise when their parents are away (would a pup or cat really do that??) or when the weather is bad, but $475-$1125 seems a lot to pay so that you can sit on your booty while your pet works up a sweat. On the other hand, I bet it is adorably entertaining to see your dog running on a big hamster wheel!
Canine Fitness Camp – Morris Animal Inn – www.morrisanimalinn.com
Reading about Morris Animal Inn’s Weight Loss and Fitness Camp made me wonder if I could go too! For about $50/day, Fido enjoy swimming, nature hikes, healthy fruit smoothies….along with “pampering massages“, “Doga“, and “Pawlates“. (Ok, seriously…I REALLY want to go!) I think this is a GREAT idea. I know how hard it can be to start a diet/exercise plan – and this seems like the perfect way to kickstart your pooch’s regime. This camp is sure to get your dog excited about getting out and being active…and the excitement is sure to carry over once you take your pup back home.
Chase It Pet Products – www.chaseit.com
This is another familiar pet toy, super sized! Cats love these string toys, but for some reason the dog sized version of this just seems ridiculous. I just can’t see myself lugging this fishing-pole-like contraption to the park…when an old-fashioned ball seems like it would get my pup going just as well. They retail for about $25 – which isn’t a crazy amount to spend on something for my pet – but seems a bit over priced for something that looks like a fifth grader made it for Invention Convention. (Does anyone know what I’m talking about?)
So get your dog running on that wheel, send them to boot camp, or get them jumping for joy over a toy! Go to the park, around the block, or just out in the backyard. Exercising with a buddy is always more fun – and it will be good for you AND man’s best friend to get some daily cardio in. By taking such a simple step, you will make a giant leap in preventing diabetes in your pup.
For more information on obesity in pets and how to prevent it – visit The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention’s website. It’s a great resource!