Keeping Fido Fit

Is your canine buddy becoming a couch potato? Or do you have a bouncing ball of fur on your hands? No matter how frisky—or idle—your dog is, proper exercise is very important to his health and well-being. Below, a Simi Valley, CA vet discusses keeping Fido in shape.

Workout Buddies

Dogs can make great workout buddies, and can also be wonderful running partners. If you’re an athletic type, you can enjoy lots of fun activities with your canine pal! Just remember to always put your pet’s safety first: build Fido’s endurance slowly, and don’t overexert him. You’ll also want to watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heatstroke, and bring along lots of fresh water, both for you and Fido.

Adventure Time!

If you want to try something fun and new, look into various options for sports and activities you can do with Fido. These include dog-friendly versions of sports like skiing, skateboarding, agility training, and even dancing!

Active Dogs

Does Fido have a lot more energy than you do? Don’t fret: you can still keep Fido in shape without exhausting yourself. Play games like fetch with your pooch: Fido will do all the running, while you stand still. You can also consider getting your pet an automated ball launcher. (Note: tennis balls are dangerous for large breeds, so this suggestion does not apply to big dogs.) Using a laser pointer is another good option: you can keep the furkid moving while you relax on the couch.

Senior Dogs

Man’s Best Friend tends to slow down a bit as he ages. Rather than lunge after every squirrel he sees, Fido may be tired out after a walk around the block. Warm-water swimming can be great exercise for older dogs. With senior dogs, slow and steady may be the best tactic.

General Tips

Fido’s age, breed, weight, and health will all play roles in determining what type of exercise will be best for him. Vigorous activity isn’t right for all our canine friends. Big dogs, senior pets, puppies, nursing mamas, pets with immunity or mobility issues, and brachycephalic dogs are not well-suited for strenuous workouts. Many dogs also should not be encouraged to jump or stand on their hind legs. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you have any questions or concerns about exercising your dog? Contact us, your Simi Valley, CA vet clinic, anytime.

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