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Heavy Petting!

Local vet offers advice on getting your pet active and healthy!

With research indicating that half of Britain's pets are overweight, local veterinary surgery, Downslink, has been spurred into action and is offering top tips on keeping those furry and not so furry friends in tip top shape.

 

Heavy Petting

Downslink veterinary practice owner, Julian Peters commented:
"When owning a pet, it is the owner's responsibility to ensure that they keep their pet safe and give them a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise."

Julian continued:
"It may seem obvious but walking a dog is one of the best ways to keep dog and owner trim. Build up a routine over a few weeks starting with a 10 minute walk then increase it by 10 minutes each week, up to an hour if the dog seems comfortable with that."

 

Cats do not need such prolonged activity as dogs so short bursts of energy filled activity are perfect. Things that can be chased, hit, climbed onto or into and scratched are perfect for cats.

"Owners don't even need to purchase new toys for their cat," Julian advised. "Cats are more than happy to chase a ball of wool or a piece of scrunched up paper, or jump in and out of cardboard boxes."

For the more exotic pets such as snakes and lizards, it is advisable to increase the cage size so that there is more room for them to move around, increase the time they spend out of the cage, or simply add some features to the cage for the animals to climb over and explore.

"Obviously, exercise will extend an animal's life," continued Julian, "but it will also use up some of their nervous energy and help to keep them calm."

Before starting a pet off on a whole new fitness programme, it is worth contacting a vet as different pets require different amounts of exercise. The Downslink team are always happy to offer advice and can be contacted on 01306 713177 or pop into the surgery for a chat.

Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery
17 Brighton Road, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 5BE
Tel: 01403 252964

Downs Link Veterinary Surgery
16 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road
Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex
RH13 9LA, Tel: 01403 732219

Ash Barn Veterinary Surgery
Unit 5, Ockley Court Farm
Coles Lane, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5LS
Tel: 01306 713177

White Horse Veterinary Surgery
226 Crawley Road, Roffey
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4HE
Tel: 01403 249902