3/07/2012 9:00 AM ET |
Filed under: Dog
Humans aren't the only ones who tend to gain weight during the winter months.
Our dogs can too.
Except a few extra pounds on a dog can cause some pretty serious health problems.
So the American Kennel Club (AKC) has some tips on how to help your dog shed more than just their winter coat.
- Check with your dog’s veterinarian before starting any new exercise routine. Have your dog “weigh in” at the vet to determine how much weight he needs to lose. You need to consider your dog’s age, health, and current activity level, and a vet checkup will start your dog on the right track.
- Simply letting your dog out in the backyard doesn’t qualify as exercise. Try playing a good game of fetch with him.
- American Kennel Club (AKC®)
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