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Is Your Pussy a Porker?
16th January 2017

This week at TRAKZ we are watching our waistlines, cos my how they’ve grown over our Christmas break!
And it’s not just us humans piling on the pounds but our beloved Fur-babies too. Check out this report completed by Butcher's Pet Care:

NEW research reveals pet owners have helped their dogs gain weight over Christmas by feeding them too many festive treats.
Figures published by Butcher's Pet Care show that dogs in Worcester, and across the West Midlands, gained between two and four pounds during the festive season. A survey of 2,000 dog owners showed a whopping 83 per cent fed their pampered pets turkey, roast potatoes, cheese, crisps, bacon, sandwiches and even alcohol during the festivities. More than three quarters of owners said they would now take steps to shed the winter pounds, by going on longer walks and eating less frequently.

Here at TRAKZ we can help with keeping your pets healthier. Our GPS location collar is also primed to monitor your animal’s health. Martin has been working closely with veterinary experts to work out what information, such as number and intensity of walks, steps, breathing etc. we can learn about the health of your animal from the data that the collar collects.

Vetinfo explain that the dog respiratory rate may be influenced by a number of factors, but the average respiratory rate of the pet is considered to be 24 breaths every minute. However age of dog, fitness levels, breed, obesity and drugs can impact to make a dog’s average respiratory rate between 10 and 30 breaths per minute.

Using TRAKZ once the baseline is measured our collar can show evidence of increased activity in your pet and therefore potentially increased fitness levels. These are recorded as an activity tracker. At TRAKZ we have been competing with each other to increase our dogs (and our own activity levels) here is the data from our TRAKZ HQ winner:

But what about our feline friends?
It is estimated that between 39 and 52 per cent of cats in the UK are overweight or obese. Overfeeding during the festive period means our pusses are piling on the pounds and research suggests that as in humans obesity in pets will…
“ inevitably reduce your pet’s quality of life. They will be less keen to exercise and play, and this can even lead to more serious health issues, such as:
Diabetes
Arthritis
Urinary tract disease
Heart disease”.

So what can we do to address this?

The Medivet website advises for cats we should encourage:
“Playing with toys
Playing games such as ‘Catch the Light’ where you can shine a small torch on the walls and floor for your cat to chase
Short walks - harnesses can be purchased from your local pet shop.”

We are asking our Trakz Furry Family & Friends to share your ideas on keeping our kitties fit and active and post your pictures of you and your beloved pets- canine friends included beating the post – festive bulge.

Follow the social media links below to upload your pictures.

Stay safe out there! TRAKZ - keeping your pets SAFER, HEALTHIER & HAPPIER.

1 - Worall, H. Worcester News www.worcesternews.co.uk (13/01/17)

2 - International Cat Care (2017) (www.icatcare.org).

3 - www.vetinfo.com (27/01/2017)

4 - www.medivet.co.uk (3/01/2017)

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