Health Benefits of Walking Your Dog

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Walking with your dog can sometimes be regarded as a chore, especially when there’s a chill in the air and you’d much rather be tucked up on the sofa with a hot drink.

But regardless of the weather, exercise should never be dismissed, especially since the benefits are as great for you as they are for your pet.

To name just a few, here are some of the main health benefits that can help lead your pet to a longer, happier and healthier life…

Keeps your dog healthy

Walking is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not only for your pet, but also for you!

A walk a day can help to improve cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, build stronger muscles and bones, and relieve stress; the list goes on!

Controls your dog’s weight

Dogs that are overweight lack the ability to exercise and this can lead to future health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. But walking, along with a specific diet recommended by your vet, can prevent your pet from becoming obese and reduce the risk of the described health problems.

Helps the digestive system

Regular walks play an important part in helping your pet’s digestive system, and it can aid in relieving constipation.

Tames behavioural problems

Pets are like children: if you don’t give them something to do, they can become bored, restless or destructive. Regular exercise helps stimulate their mind, release energy and keep them feeling calm and rested.

Strengthens the bond you share

Not only are there so many health benefits to walking, but the extra time you spend with your pet either in the park or walking along the street enhances the bond between you and your furry, four-legged friend.  

Most dogs need to be walked at least once a day, but some dogs, especially the active kind, may require more.

The breed, size and age of your dog will also determine how long and how vigorous your walk should be. Your local vet will be able to advise you on the most suitable length and type of walk that will benefit your companion.

Remember:

  • Always keep your dog under control and carry plastic bags so you can clean up after them
  • For long walks, consider taking a portable bowl and some water
  • Always supervise your dog around young children

For further information and advice, contact your local Medivet practice today – our friendly team will be only too pleased to help you and your pet.

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Posted August 16, 2016 by Cara Zaleski in Pet Care Advice

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