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Lifestyle : Everything Pets
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Grooming Salon From a simple wash and blow wave to elaborate trims and styles each grooming experience is tailored to the individual. K9 Day Spa A range of treatments available to suit your pet. www.k9kutz.com.au • 02 9341 5590 AG3565623AA-060311 THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2011 3 S pets Keep furry friends fit Diet and exercise are just as important for our animals, writes Jason Mountney. Big bones . . . get dogs moving to avoid future weight problems. O ur affluent society isn't just creating overweight children and executives with heart disease. Our pets are getting lardy, too. ''There's definitely an obesity epidemic in cats and dogs,'' a feline medicine resident at the University of Sydney's Valentine Charlton Cat Centre, Keshuan Chow, says. Chow says, left unchecked, an overweight cat ''is predisposed to diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Male cats are liable to get urinary-tract problems. As they get older, they get muscular-skeletal issues, such as slipped discs.'' While tubby dogs can be run around the park a few times, cats are more sedentary and a bigger challenge to get exercising. ''Some people do walk their cats,'' Chow says. ''But setting an environmentally enriched area is important. Give cats things to run and jump on. ''However, diet control is the main way of keeping cats healthy.'' Optimum dietary intake for a cat depends on factors such as species, age and activity levels, so it is best to consult your vet for advice. The founder of Happy Paws Fitness in Rushcutters Bay, Amy Tresidder, says many of the conditions afflicting overweight dogs are similar to those that affect humans: strain on joints, cardio problems and diabetes. She says dogs snacking on food more suitable for humans is a big part of the problem. The RSPCA recommends cats be fed a varied diet, mixing quality commercial food with fresh meat, bones and vegetables. The organisation adds that a small amount of tinned fish, rice and pasta can be added on occasion. Foods to avoid include chocolate, onions, grapes, cooked bones, nuts and mushrooms. Feeding your cat a single kind of fish continually can also endanger its heath. The RSPCA's dietary advice for dog owners is remarkably similar. Waterloo vet Dr Alex Roxenwax, who only sees small animals such as birds and reptiles, says the most important thing for lizards ''is heat and either natural sunlight or enough ultraviolet light''. While lizards eat ''all sorts of insects and vegetables'', Rosenwax says feeding snakes brings with it ethical and health challenges, particularly if you've bought the pet with inter-species gladiatorial battles in mind. He says rats and mice are intelligent animals, so serving them up live to a reptilian predator is distressing and cruel. It can also backfire on the pet owner if the prey fights back and scratches or bites the snake. ''We recommend you get them [reptiles] checked once a year,'' Rosenwax says. It's owners who need training first At first glance, you'd be forgiven for being a bit wary of Damian Fleig's dog. Sabbath is a huge German shepherd, made to look even more fearsome by his thick black coat. Get close to Sabbath, though, and you meet a gentle animal happy to be patted and who responds to his owner's commands. When Fleig, a 39-year-old Enmore buckle-maker, got Sabbath as a puppy about five years ago, he enrolled his dog in discipline classes run by his local authority, Marrickville Council. At least he thought he was enrolling his dog. ''No dog training course ever trains the dog,'' Fleig says. ''They train the owner to learn how to relate to the dog.'' After completing the basic and intermediate courses, Fleig says he is confident to walk Sabbath without requiring a lead. He is fortunate that he can take his dog to work, has a decent-sized park nearby, and he lives within walking distance of a dog-friendly pub. ''Training the dog is about being repetitive,'' he says. ''It is about making the dog understand from the start who is in charge.'' REPORT
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