Dogs get in shape with a treadmill designed just for them

3:21 PM, May 25, 2010   |    comments
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A treadmill designed for dogs helps them get in shape or rehab after surgery.

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One kennel and doggy day care in Bangor is using a treadmill to keep their pups in shape year-round.

Obesity among pets can lead to diabetes, skin problems, and joint pain. In the winter months, it's difficult for pet owners to keep their pets active because of the weather. This treadmill for dogs can help dogs stay in shape or get in shape if they need to shed a few pounds. Just like humans, a balanced diet and frequent activity is the key to a healthy pup.

"We go to work, they sleep on the couch," veterinarian Laura Buckley said. "They're not getting the activity.  Maybe they wander around the yard or maybe they run after a ball a few times , but it's not heavy activity for a half an hour a day every day."

The treadmill at the kennel is one that is especially designed for dogs. Before starting your dog on any type of treadmill routine, it is important to check with your veterinarian about your dog's specific activity needs. 

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