A walking event with a twist is set to take place this weekend in Portlaoise in aid of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Pet parents and four-legged friends are expected to take part in Operation TransPAWmation Portlaoise dog walk. The charity event will take place in Town Park, Portlaoise on Sunday, March 3 at 2pm. It is a free event but everyone is encouraged to donate if possible, with all funds raised being donated to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Operation TransPAWmation is a free programme organised by Petmania available nationwide.
The programme educates pet parents on how they can look after their pet’s health and wellbeing. The aim of the Portlaoise dog walk is to get pet owners active with their dogs for a fun filled day. Exercise is vital for dogs, getting out for exercise occupies their mind and is great for both their mental and physical health.
Experts will be on hand on the day providing free weight checks and body condition score checks for every dog that takes part.
Each dog that has a weight check will go into a draw to win a hamper of goodies including a free groom at their grooming studio along with receiving a booklet with tips on preventing obesity and keeping your dog healthy.
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.
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.