Just 40 Percent of Irish Dogs Get Enough Exercise

Just 40 Percent of Irish Dogs Get Enough Exercise

Feb 06, 2019

Petmania’s free lifestyle programme for healthier pets is back

Now in its third year and having helped thousands of dogs and cats from across the country with healthier lifestyles, Petmania’s Operation TransPAWmation is back. The free programme, available nationwide, is educating pet parents on how they can look after their pets health and wellbeing.

With 1 in 3 Irish dogs being overweight, a nationwide survey by the specialist pet retailer of almost 500 respondents has revealed that it remains the number one issue for Ireland’s pets. The amount of exercise a pet needs depends on many factors such as age, breed and size but the average is estimated to be 45 minutes and just 40 per cent of Irish dogs are receiving this.

Survey findings:

  • It is recommended that pets are weighed every three months. 6% of Irish people have never weighed their pet, and 21% have not weighed their pets in the last 12 months.
  • On average a dog should get 45 minutes exercise a day. 18% of Irish people give their dog just half the recommended amount with up to 20 minutes of exercise daily and only 40% of dogs receive the recommended amount.
  • Managing portion size is key to pets maintaining a healthy weight, however 33% of Irish pet owners free pour their pets food. This approach may result in over feeding causing excessive weight gain.

Petmania are urging pet parents of dogs and cats to understand the health impacts linked to being overweight. It can significantly shorten life expectancy and increase the risk of developing diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, Heart & Respiratory Illness or Osteoarthritis.

The programme is free to pet parents with Petmania providing individualised nutritional advice for pets and free regular weight & body condition score checks.

Running in 12 stores nationwide from Saturday 2nd February, all participants receive food diaries, exercise guides and discounts to help their pets on the road towards a happier and healthier lifestyle.

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