Have you seen the latest Christmas video about obesity in dogs being a possible cause of arthritis? Here it is again in case you missed it.
Most of us spoil our dogs in the festive season with extra bits of turkey - the skin and other bits no-one likes for example, and dogs in even in the most canine-conscientious households will self-service on anything the kids leave around, escaping crisps, cheese, pizza crusts - you know what we mean!
OK it's not pawfect - but every dog owner's halo slips once in a while.
Here's the solution though - the best way to keep your dog's weight under control, and make him happy all year round is Walkies. Simple. Walking with your dog costs nothing, is the most effective way of controlling weight (for you and the dog!), reinforcing good training and getting you both out in some healthy fresh air.
If you don't know where to walk, or don't want to walk on your own - there are dog walking groups. Lucky dog owners in Warwickshire and Worcestershire can join local Explore by Paw groups to enjoy great walks with like-minded people.
And for weekends away with other dog owners, there's Explore by Paw weekends - recently featured in Saga magazine as a great way to make new friends - with trips to national parks, the coast, and the Cotswolds.
For even more walkies inspiration - check out over 2000 tried and tested places to walk your dog on Driving with Dogs !