I know I do not talk about them regularly, but many of you know I have two dogs, Max and Bear. They keep me busy and are my boys. They have also been great for stopping the boredom through lockdown. They are both such different characters Max is gobby, he loves nothing but an argument with you and he loves to have the last word. He is also stubborn and does things on his terms even if it is a minute after you want him to do something, unless you get stern with him. Bear is our whirlwind he is so funny and you can literally do anything with him. I am often found grooming him with him holding my arm. He is also a great guard dog as he can hear someone thinking of coming to our door 5 miles away.
As any dog owner will know keeping our dogs happy and healthy comes first. Apart from walking them, grooming them etc. We also need to maintain they have a healthy diet.
Both my boys eat a different diet Max has a raw diet where as Bear has normal dog food. But we do also watch what they eat with treats and biscuits.
The one thing with giving treats, is that their waistline can also expand. Which is where Vet’s Kitchen a Swindon based brand, want to hear from other dog owners about their dogs. Are they woof and well and gone from fat to fit, if so they have created a special award.
About the Woof & Well Award
The Woof & Well award is for a special dog that has stuck to a sensible eating regime, and also ramped up their exercise regime. We all know that this is down to the owners, but who would not love to give their dog an award.
If you have a waggy dog story to tell head over to Vets Kitchen and tell them your story. The most inspiring dog will receive
- A free canine diet consultation with their in-house Nutritionist
- 6 months of tailored nutrition from Vet’s Kitchen
- A doggy fitness tracker
- A gold medal to fit their collar
There is also a second and third prize of runner up rosettes and will also receive fitness trackers and a selection of Vet’s Kitchen products.
“We know how tempting it is to treat our dogs, especially at the moment by giving them an extra helping of food or worse, something from the biscuit jar, but dogs like humans need to maintain a healthy weight range,” says Fiona Firth, a pet nutritionist at Vet’s Kitchen. “It’s also important to remember that dogs with different ages or different conditions can sometimes require a different type of food. If your dog is overweight for example, try and find a product rich in protein, but low in fat to help them lose weight. The Vet’s Kitchen Healthy Weight dog food contains 30% less fat than our Everyday Health dog food, it’s also high in fibre to help satisfy hunger.”
Fiona adds, “Dog obesity can lead to severe health problems such as diabetes, so regular exercise combined with feeding the correct amount of a good quality food is one way of caring for them from the inside out. What’s more, on our website, we have a handy Calorie Calculator – to help work out how much you should be feeding your dog. “
The Vet’s Kitchen Woof and Well Award is supported by Wood Green, The Animals Charity to provide tips and advice to pet owners.
- How to recognise if your dog is overweight
- To exercise and diet plans
Vet’s Kitchen offer these tips to dog owners who’d like to help their dog lose weight:
- Choose a lower calorie food or ‘lighter’ food option for them and make sure the fat content is below 10% for them to lose weight.
- Weigh out your dog’s food each day or weigh out a week’s worth on a Sunday if you find yourself short of time during the week.
- Don’t forget to allow for treats, dental chews out of their daily calorie allowance.
- Add extra fibre using root vegetables, such as carrots as part of the daily allowance can help add to that feeling of fullness.
- Exercise, exercise, exercise! Just like humans, taking your dog out for a walk every day is good for them. It is important to start with shorter distances and build up the time you spend outdoors gradually. For older, overweight dogs bear in mind that 80% of senior dogs suffer from arthritis (often undiagnosed) and they should be exercised using shorter more frequent walks (e.g. 3 x 15 mins per day) to help them lose weight without over-stressing the joints.
The Woof & Well Award launches on the 31st March and is open to all dogs resident in the UK who can show they’ve been barking up the fitness tree with some noticeable results. A before and after photo together with 100 words to explain their journey would help the judges to choose the gold medal winner and runners up. The award scheme closes on the 30th June when the winners will be revealed in their glossy coat glory!!
Vet’s Kitchen is available at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Ocado, Pets and Home and Amazon.
Please visit https://vetskitchen.co.uk/ for more information.