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Keeping Fido Fit

Is your dog playful and energetic, always ready for a walk or a trip to the park? Or do you have a furry, four-legged couch potato on your hands? While some dogs are naturally more active than others are, every pooch needs some form of exercise to stay healthy. Read on as a Wake Forest, NC vet discusses keeping Fido fit.

Your Dog’s Exercise Needs

Every dog has different exercise needs. A one-year old greyhound puppy will need quite a bit of activity, whereas a senior Yorkie might only require a short daily walk. Fido’s age, weight, breed, and health will all play major roles in his exact requirements. Do some research on your canine buddy’s breed, and ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Active Pups

If you’re an athletic type, you may be able to take your furry pal hiking or jogging with you. Just be sure to build Fido’s endurance up slowly. Also, keep a close eye on your pup at all times, and make sure he doesn’t get overexerted. If your canine friend is lagging behind and/or panting heavily, take a break, give him some water, and head for home.

Not So Active Pups

Some pups simply aren’t well suited for vigorous exercise. For instance, brachycephalic dogs, such as pugs, get winded very easily, and should not be encouraged to run. For larger breeds, on the other hand, standing or jumping repeatedly can put too much stress on their hips. That said, a good walk is suitable for most dogs.

Indoor Workouts

Fido will still need his exercise when the weather is bad. You can keep your pet moving indoors by holding a laser pointer for him to chase. You can even play Fetch, though you’ll of course need to pick a spot without a lot of breakable objects.

Playing

Playing is a great way to keep your pooch active and entertained. Plus, you don’t have to worry about overdoing it: if Fido gets tired, he’ll probably just lay down.

Keeping Fido Active When You Aren’t

Does Fido run circles around you? Consider getting him an automated ball launcher to play with. (Just be sure to choose the right size.) Laser pointers and fetch are also great options for people whose dogs are more energetic than they are.

Please contact us, your local Wake Forest, NC animal clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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