Why is there a vet nurse at our training sessions?

You may not be aware but veterinary nurses are very skilled and trained people. We spend many years studying and getting hands on experience in the vet clinic.

A vet nurse is an allrounder we do medical nursing, surgical nursing, dental nursing,

radiography nursing , triage and emergency nursing and we answer the phones a lot and clean up a lot of animal mess. Nurses also work at reception and support our clients with advice on preventatives (think worming, heart worm, ticks and fleas) we also help with diet, nutrition and weight loss. Nurses also run puppy preschool training and help with basic behavioural training. So what can they bring to a fitness training session.

Vet nurses are also skilled in dog breeds and age related issues. Many popular breeds today are known as brachycephalic which is the dogs with the squashed in faces. These breeds can include French bulldogs, cavaliers, cavoodles, boxers, Tibetan spaniels and so on. These breeds are usually friendly and adorable dogs but they do have restricted airways, stenotic nares and elongated soft palates. An important fact to mention here is that each individual dog will have varying degrees of this condition.

It’s important that each brachycephalic dog is checked by the vet nurse before their first fitness training session to determine what level they should exercise at. 

Apart from restricted breathing they can also overheat faster and can be

prone to be overweight which will also cause them to overheat quicker and have a lower fitness level.

Other conditions that can factor into your dogs training can be age related. We have puppies whose growth plates haven’t closed over yet so we monitor the length of exercise and duration. Bigger breed pups can take up to 18 months for their growth plates to close. We also get geriatric dogs with arthritis. Exercise is great for them but slow and steady is very important.

When any dog is starting a new exercise routine we monitor them closely. Look for signs of fatigue including sitting and not wanting to walk any further, excessive panting and possible aggression if they are in pain.

You are here to work out as well so if you want to train harder but your dog doesn’t we’re happy to rest with your dog while you continue to work hard. It’s important that you both benefit from a Barking Mad Fitness class.

If you have any questions or concerns about your dog breed please contact us anytime and we’ll be there to answer any of your questions.

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