DOGGY DETOX: Jeff Hickson prepares to tuck into a healthy salad and he’s provided a healthy meal for his dog too. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
DOGGY DETOX: Jeff Hickson prepares to tuck into a healthy salad and he’s provided a healthy meal for his dog too. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Too much Christmas fare may mean time for dogs to detox

IF your pet has been wolfing down too much food over the silly season, then it's time for a "doggie detox", Rockhampton's Jeff Hickson says.

The Petbarn Rockhampton store manager said pet obesity was a serious problem with 41% of Australian dogs and 33% of cats overweight.

"Animals that are overweight or obese need to lose weight immediately to reduce their risk of heart disease, digestion problems and even cancer," Mr Hickson said.

He said one of the simplest solutions for pet owners was to ensure they were feeding their pets the right amount for their size and breed and to opt for a sensible, healthy diet of natural food with fewer preservatives.

"It's what you might like to call a doggie detox new year's resolution for your pet," he said.

"We've found that pets are increasingly facing issues that humans face such as obesity and health problems as a result of what they're eating.

"It's common sense, but the main piece of advice is to introduce healthy habits in terms of nutrition and exercise for your pets as soon as possible to avoid health issues later down the track," Mr Hickson said.

OVERWEIGHT PETS

41% of dogs and 33% of cats are overweight in Australia



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