Pet Walks

Walks are great for not just you, but your pet(s) as well, and with today being National Walk Your Dog day we thought we would highlight those benefits. With the physical activity and the accompanying mental stimulation provided by sight and smell beyond the usual back yard when going for a walk, it can also aid in keeping weight in check. It also provides your pet with good joint movement while keeping their muscles in tone.

Take the following tips into consideration while creating a safe walk program for your pet.
Veterinary Consultation prior to starting any exercise program with your pet.

  • Ensure they are in good health for the exercise they are about to take on. 
  • Obey leash laws in your local city or county. 
  • Ensure your pet is leash trained and properly behaves when leashed. 
  • Start with shorter slower walks and rest as needed. 
  • Gradually increase your walk times while ensuring both you and your pet get the necessary breaks. 
  • If your pet wants to head home after starting each time, consider taking them to a local pet friendly park for a new experience. 
  • Try to avoid walking during the hottest parts of the day. Avoid surfaces such as asphalt that can burn their paws. 
  • Allow your pet to enjoy their walk and the new environment, give them sniff breaks during the course of the walk. 
  • Try to avoid walking on uneven surfaces and ensure safe footing to avoid slips, falls, and injuries. 
  • If you see signs of lameness, difficulty with breathing, or they tire quickly, consult your veterinarian.
  • Always remember to clean up after your dog. 

Similar to when we are warned about taking on an exercise program, the same goes for your pet. You want to ensure they are in good health and the program fits their health needs. If you are unsure where to start with a program for your pet, make an appointment to speak with your veterinarian.

Now get started on that next great walking adventure with your furry friend!

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