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Get Fido Fit

Everypaw's 6 week fitness challenge

As pet lovers, we all want our furry family to be fit and healthy so they live long and happy lives.

To find out just how healthy our pets are, Everypaw commissioned a survey to find out what pet owners in the UK do to keep our fluffy friends in good condition, and what owners can do better to help them reach peak fitness levels.

only a third (34%) of our respondents say they stick to a strict dog-food-only diet

The results from our survey show that there’s a bit of a gap between what our dogs need and what we’re doing to keep them tip top shape. A quarter (24%) of dog owners think they need to walk their dog for 1-1.5 hours a day, but only 22% say they’re actually giving them that much exercise. One in five of us (19%) think it’s ok to feed our dogs bacon, despite the health issues the added salt can cause, and nearly half (45%) of dog owners think it’s fine to feed their dogs raw meat, despite potential bacterial dangers. Only a third (34%) of our respondents say they stick to a strict dog-food-only diet.

a quarter of dog owners think they need to walk their dog for 1-1.5 hours a day

After talking to our Everypaw vets about these results, it appears we might not be doing the best by our beloved pooches, so we decided to put a health and fitness plan together to combat the issues pet owners are having. We ran a competition to find three canines who could do with a health update. We found a few lucky pooches – an Alaskan Malamute called Gelert, Lakeland Terrier Bertie and French Bulldog Diego - and provided them with a bespoke fitness plan, including a PitPat tracker to track their progress. We wanted to see how much we can improve their health and fitness over a six-week period, with just a few simple changes.

At Everypaw, we have teamed up with PitPat to make sure that if you get dog insurance with us, you’ll get a helping hand when it comes to your best pal’s fitness. With the PitPat tracker (modelled on Gelert, Bertie and Diego) you can see what your pup is up to, whether they’re pottering about at home, or with you on a nice long walk. Find out more here.

Explore Gelert, Diego and Bertie’s journeys below and see if you could get some top tips on how to improve your game when it comes the health of your favourite pooch.

Watch Gelert's Journey

Meet Gelert

  • Age

    5

  • Breed

    Alaskan Malamute

  • Owners

    Andrew

  • Start Weight

    55kg

  • Everypaw Vet Recommends

    45kg

  • After 6 Weeks

    50kg

  • Gelert’s Journey

    Watch Diego's Journey

    Meet Diego

  • Age

    1

  • Breed

    French Bulldog

  • Owners

    Suzanne

  • Start Weight

    14kg

  • Everypaw Vet Recommends

    10kg

  • After 6 Weeks

    11.5kg

  • Diego's Journey

    Watch Bertie's Journey

    Meet Bertie

  • Age

    4

  • Breed

    Lakeland Terrier

  • Owners

    Matt and Becca

  • Start Weight

    10kg

  • Everypaw Vet Recommends

    8kg

  • After 6 Weeks

    8kg

  • Bertie's Journey

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