2018! How on earth has it got to be 2018? Time really does fly when you're having fun.
Like most people, a New Year means I spend time reflecting on the past year and looking towards the coming 365 days.
Last year had its sad moments. Losing my Grandad being the hardest part of 2017. But it was also one to be remembered for many positive things. Tails 'N' Whiskers has continued to grow from strength to strength. We welcomed both our third and fourth staff member to the team as well as making any new furry friends (and some feathery and scaly ones!).
I can't wait to see what the New Year brings. We have many plans for Tail 'N' Whiskers; expansion, while keeping our clients at its heart, being our top priority.
I also have my own personal New Year's resolutions. Finishing (or at least getting closer to finishing) my Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management is definitely on the list, as is eating that little bit healthier.
Speaking of eating a little healthier, my Disley has a New Year's resolution - to lose weight! Don't get me wrong, he's not fat but he is getting slightly rotund! More to snuggle but, unfortunately it means he's less healthy. My role as his owner means his health is my responsibility so I need to act now
According to this scale, my Disley is verging on the overweight. His ribs can't be seen or felt easily although he still has a bit of a waist.
So why am I worried about Disley being a little overweight? Well, slightly overweight can very quickly become very overweight and very overweight is a lot harder to rectify that slightly. And just like human's, being overweight can have serious side effects on health and even on their behaviour.
Just some of the problems associated with dogs being overweight include: diabetes, heart disease, decreased liver function, arthritis and joint problems. If your dog is unwell, in pain or has an inappropriate diet, this in turn can lead to behaviour problems. According to the British Veterinary Association, over 60% of vets say obesity in pets is their main concern in regards to health and welfare of pets. You can read more about these concerns here.
Purina also have a wonderful page on their website to help you identify weight problems in dogs. It's definitely worth checking out.
So while I'm planning my healthy meals for January, Disley will be having a little less in his bowl. He might not be happy, but he'll thank me for it in his old age when he's still able to chase that ball.