Do you have a playful, frisky pooch? Or is your dog more interested in naps and treats than in running and playing? Our canine friends are generally quite energetic when they are little, but they often slow down as they grow older. In fact, some of our furry buddies are, well, rather lazy. Making sure your dog is getting the right kind—and amount—of activity is very important! Here, a San Jose, CA vet discusses keeping Fido fit.
Doggy exercise requirements vary from pooch to pooch. Fido’s age, weight, breed, and health will all play a role in determining how much exercise he needs. For instance, smaller dogs may get enough activity in just by running around the house. Other breeds, like greyhounds, need lots of exercise. It’s also important to choose the right type of exercise for your pet. Brachycephalic pups, like pugs, tend to lose their breath very easily, so they aren’t really good candidates for strenuous exercises, like running or swimming. Large dogs, on the other hand, should not jump or stand on their back legs too much, as this can cause or exacerbate hip problems. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Does your dog have more energy than you do? Look for ways to keep your frisky pet active without wearing yourself out. Fetch is a great option for this: you can stay in the same spot while Fido runs back and forth. Or, consider getting your pup an automated ball launcher. Just be sure to choose the right size: many of these products use tennis balls, which can be a choking hazard for big dogs.
If you get the all-clear from your vet, go ahead and take your pet jogging, hiking, or swimming with you. Or, look into other fun options, like doggy dancing or doga, which is basically doggy yoga. Just be sure to put Fido’s health and safety first. Start slow, and let your pooch build up his endurance. When you are exercising your dog, watch closely for signs that he is getting hot or tired. If you notice your canine buddy lagging behind or panting heavily, immediately stop, give him some water, and take him home to rest.
Do you have questions about your dog’s activity needs? Contact us, your San Jose, CA pet clinic, anytime. We’re here for you!